Yesterday I was still in recovery from my HUGE trip Thursday! 🙂 Sitting was good so I’ve played with my photos on Friday.
I awoke at 3:06 a.m. but stayed in bed until 3:50 a.m. I headed out to the airport (50 miles) at 5 till 5.
Wow! It was still dark and actually I was surprised at the (only) 1 herd of deer on the Deer Hunting Road, the 4 of us out driving in the next town over, and the amount of traffic from the nuke plant town on. I arrived at the airport at 5:40 a.m. I had told google maps that it would be under an hour but they didn’t listen…
After check-in & security, I was pleased to find Mary Ann! She is a guild friend and actually we go way back to Carol’s shop in the late 80’s! She is sweet and we ended up being seat mates for both flights!! 🙂 AND in row 1. Nice.
And we both now have a new friend, Fran our other seat mate. Fran is from the QCA and was happy with her aisle seat. Mary Ann was happy she got a window seat. I was just fine to be in the middle between friends.
Ready to go (until the powers that be moved me over by Fran & Mary Ann which meant we didn’t have to yell to converse) showing you the ID tags we all got upon checking in. (Made by Judy, with the airport logo, and in the pocket was a band-aid, safety pin, & lifesaver! Even cherry!! It went to Mary Ann….)
This is Judy, who organized the whole day trip thing to Paducah with the airport. She got a cookie basket for the flight crew! The same crew is doing the flights for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday!
Once we landed (late) in Paducah, we let the casino travelers off first. (rolleyes) Judy gave us a long announcement and then we could get going. Being the great front row passengers that we were, we 3 were first off. 🙂
As we rounded the corner in the airport, we were greeted with “here they are!!!” Two ladies welcomed us with brochures on Paducah and buttons welcoming the Rockford quilters and a TV crew with cameraman and reporter. LOL!! (I’ve checked the TV website and I’m a no show….)
A quick visit to the tiny bathroom and we jumped on small shuttle buses for the ride into town, maybe 15 mins. I had been sending text messages to my waiting friend, Elaine, and then called her once we had arrived at the quilt show area.
While I waited for her to come, I chatted with a local lady waiting for a shuttle bus. She realized she was waiting in the wrong place but said she was going to wait to see me find my friend that I hadn’t seen in over 30 years. 🙂
Elaine rounded the corner and once she got in focus we ran to embrace!! What a sweetie she is!! A good long hug and a few tears started our wonderful day together. We turned to go into the marshmallow (colored & sized) building and the local lady had turned and was walking to her shuttle.
Once inside the first vendor building, we found a quiet spot and Elaine found my must-see vendors (Superior Threads & Ricky Tims) on the map of the buildings. (building 2)
At the end of building one, we made a bit of a plan for the rest of the day. I LOVE that Elaine thinks like me 😉 and we both agreed an early lunch would be a good idea. But would it really be early since I had had breakfast at 4:30, NOT 8:30???
At the second building, we found a lot more vendors, kept chatting, and saw quilts too! Imagine that!! LOL!! I stopped at the AQS booth for my Paducah 2010 shirt. Elaine knew the worker there and was chatting with her as I shopped. As we walked away, she said the girl is a Schroeder, her family owns the WHOLE SHOW!!! 🙂
I found the Superior Threads booth and got to chat with Bob, The Thread Guy!! Yippee!!! I love their threads and was a good girl with my shopping. I only got 4 spools of Rainbow thread. I just love using that for quilting these days. One spool in pinks, and 3 in various neutrals. Now I wish I would have gotten some dark/gray Masterpiece for finishing my NY Beauty blocks.
We arrived near the center of this room and got to enjoy the display of the miniature quilts. LOVE THEM!!! Wow! Then on to some of the main winners and there was the 1st place quilt & quilter greeting quilters. I’m not allowed to post any of the quilts so that makes for a bit bummer of a post but you can find some pictures of this winning quilt at The Quilt Show site. I’m not a Tolkien fan but sure can appreciate her work as this is a whole-cloth quilt with the details & design only coming from threads!!
A few more rows of quilts & vendors and we found Ricky Tims’ booth. There was a bit of a line to meet & greet so I waited while Elaine tried to figure out who this guy was and why I wanted to meet him!! (He is the co-host and partner in The Quilt Show site.)
I had brought my new issue of Quilt Life along for plane reading and had Ricky autograph my copy. 🙂
Sorry this is a bit blurry. With the flash, the signature is glared out, without the flash, the photo is blurry.
And his partner, Justin was running the sales dept. (Ok, I laughed when he gave me a big hug for the picture!) He was able to chat more and told me & another TQS member that even more improvements are coming to the site soon. ♥
By now, it was time to head for an early lunch. I found my license plate… IF I had a license from Ohio, that is…
(maybe I should have walked around to get the not-so-buggy back plate….)
Elaine suggested a great deli she likes to visit and we headed there. Locally owned and they make a huge variety of bread each day. They were working to the bone and gave us quick service and yummy food! It was gorgeous walking around the town!! We headed out the back and to another downtown street. I looked and could see the river so asked if we could go there. 🙂
multiple murals on the retaining wall depict life in Paducah….
And Elaine is sososo gracious in taking my pictures while we are out & about!
We continued on and visited several shops in downtown that had vendor areas set up. I met the lady that did the article on snow-dyeing in the Quilting Arts magazine and enjoyed visiting with her! I said I wanted to do rust-dyeing this summer. She has sold some rust-dyed pieces for $30/yard and we chatted about that.
At another shop, we saw this quilt:
Once we learned it was done in the embroidery hoop, pattern & CD available for only $20, I was sold. 🙂 The pattern picture doesn’t give it justice so I asked if I could photograph their quilt. My version will have a bit more blue and more pinks but will be darker like this. Yummy!!
(meanwhile I get a text from a friend back home asking if I’m talking with a drawl yet!! LOL!! Cracked us up!!)
Next Elaine offered some options and on our way back to her car we were right at the National Quilt Museum. I had a ticket included in my packet for the day and she insisted I had to see it! What.a.treasure!!!
I immediately turned to the area with miniatures and could barely breath in enjoying these works. Just stunning!! One lady said she’d never do this and I said I’d love to!
Someone’s husband told her that I had an ant on my back so the wife slapped it dead! I had Elaine check later for blood & guts. A simple brushing could have done the job, I figured….
Then on to the new display of works by Hollis Chatelain and her Imagine Hope display. Just took my breath away! I have read about her work in magazines for years but what a treat to see it in person.
More wandering through the museum (it was nicely AC’d but at the same time my feet were getting tired…) and I enjoyed my annual favorite challenge in person, New Quilts From Old Favorites. This year was Sunflowers and it was thrilling to see the winners & selected entries up close & personal!
When I finished, I found Elaine waiting in the shop. What a wonderful hostess!!
Continuing to her car, she took me to the studio & shop of Caryl Bryer Fallert. Another whose work I admire, here in real life! I succumbed and got a kit there with her gorgeous fabrics and a DVD tutorial. 🙂 We headed to the Rotary Club’s World War II quilt show and there were more vendors there.
Elaine had WON us tickets for this by calling in to her radio station the other day!! Fun!! There I found and chatted with a vendor from MD that I met several years ago at a Chicago show. I’ve also shopped with them at a local show. They own the shop where my quilting aunt goes and are also shirt-tail relatives. Small world!!
The WWII quilts were stunning. I loved the signature quilts that raised money for the efforts. (Maybe I could have taken pictures there but I had in my mind so much ‘no pictures to post online’ that I didn’t take many.)
We headed to the coveted Hancocks of Paducah store! NOT the chain store but a humongous quilt fabric store!! Near Heaven!! 🙂 I really didn’t need to be choosing more but Elaine took us to the back where the discounts are better. But really… I can’t imagine this is where she gets to shop for quilt fabrics!! She said that basically if they see a fabric line advertised in a magazine they can come here and get the whole line. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a fabric store have A whole line – let alone ALL of the lines!
I finally settled on some charm packs for $5 each!! Including a Kaffe Fassett collection from 2008. Love them!!
Next on the itinerary was the mall where there were more vendors & quilts to see. And it was near supper time so we sat (ahhh…) and had a quick supper and more fine conversation.
Heading back downtown, I had just a bit of time so we got to visit the second floor of the main building. More quilts & more vendors. 🙂
At 5:29 p.m. we headed back to the shuttle buses. Imagine that… it seems I was the last to return 🙂 and they were waiting on the last bus to arrive. We had a few more minutes to visit. (after leaving so late in the morning b/c of waiting on late arrivals, I was not going to be my usual early-self for the trip home. 😉 )
Another good hug and more tears ended my dear visit with Elaine. Hopefully we’ll get together again soon!! I got to chat on the phone with K a bit on the way to the airport. That helped my transition….
Back at the airport there was a HUGE line for security (so really there was no reason to hurry back 😉 ) and once again the small bathroom had a good line, too. The airport person in charge (director?) checked out the men’s room and then stood guard for us to use that one. 🙂
After security, I waited a bit in the chairs where we all got our shoes back on. One of the owners from Quilter’s Haven had gone along so we chatted about what she purchased there. 🙂 She is sweet and I always enjoy my too-infrequent visits there.
On the plane, Fran & Mary Ann were already comfy and probably wishing I’d nap on the way home and not be so chatty! 🙂 They had already had their bags put in the overhead and I just put mine under my seat so I could get to it during the flight easier. I showed them most of my loot on the way home and I enjoyed their stories of what they found as well.
We landed a bit early and were again, some of the first off the plane. At the bottom of the escalator we were met by 2 from the local newspaper. Mary Ann & I chatted a bit with them and then headed to our cars for the drive home. (nothing from us on the website…hmpf!)
Three separate batches of deer on the last 3 mile road.
I got home just after 9 p.m. Got a snack and hot cocoa, loaded the dishwasher, and headed to bed. What a W O N D E R F U L day!!
Thanks Elaine!! I loved reconnecting and spending the day with you. ((Hugs))
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