Sunshine Quilts

Thursday, April 27, 2006

I love Paducah!

Paducah, KY is maybe my favorite place to visit and I surely wouldn't mind living there. It's such a neat city and even more fun during quilt show but I love it all the time. First off -- confession time! I did buy fabric but not much and I can justify my purchases. Eleanor Burns (Quilt in a Day lady) had two huge tents (HUGE as in bigger than a circus tent I think). In one she had over 4,000 bolts of fabric for $4.00/yard. It was Hoffman, Kaufman, SSI and other name brands and that was too good to pass up. I didn't do bad though. My favorite was this USA print. I bought the whole bolt - 17 yards! But, this will make great backings for Quilts of Valor quilts for the injured soldiers so that was a good investment! I figure I can put one 45" piece the length of the quilt and put a solid on each side to make the backing wide enough for the quilt and that will allow more soldiers to get this happy backing on their quilt. I found these two, not that they go together but I liked them both so I bought 2 yards of each. I was a bit low on yellow so the one on the left is a good stash addition. The one on the right . . I just liked it a lot. This one will make a great backing. I'd love to make a quilt using these colors and use this one for the backing so I bought 7 yards of it. And last, I bought 2 yards of each of these to use for charity quilts. They'll be used in a quilt for a child and . . I just liked them both so they came home with me. I bought a few other things - rulers, booklets, thread, a jacket pattern, almost bought a sewing machine but didn't. OK . . the confession is out of the way. Here's what we really did. Tuesday morning Becky and I drove over to Paducah and arrived about 10. We went first to Eleanor Burns' tent city, bought fabric, bought her new book, had her sign it and drooled over all the quilts in Eleanor Burns' area. As we were checking out, they told us they also had a building downtown so we headed there. We stopped by the Rotary Club and saw the show/checked out the booths there. We also went by the bargain basement for AQS and Becky bought a few books but I didn't get anything there. Then we headed back to the park where we were staying. Connie met us and we went to Patti's Settlement for dinner. Here's Becky (right) and Connie (left) sitting out on our porch after dinner. Connie & her DH have a place near the park so she was staying there. Wednesday morning Becky and I headed back to Paducah for the show. Talk about crowds! Last year it wasn't nearly so crowded on Wednesday but this year, it was wall to wall people. The quilts were outstanding as always! I am always amazed at the talent exhibited at these type shows. Some of those quilts I could just spend hours looking at! We left there and went back to Eleanor Burns' site. She is not at the main convention center but at one of the city parks. We were able to catch her 4:00 show. She does three shows a day (10, 1 and 4) and she is hilarious! I used to not like her but now I wouldn't miss her show for anything. She is so funny and it is amazing what she comes up with as far as innovative quilting. Left there and went to Hobby Lobby looking for fabric Becky needed. Didn't find it. Went to Texas Roadhouse for dinner and back to the park. We decided not to set the clock this morning and just get up and do whatever we felt like. Vince called at 8:30 and woke us up! I don't know who was more shocked that we were still in bed . . us or Vince. We hopped up, got dressed and headed back to Paducah. We walked around downtown, hit my favorite bakery (Kirchhoff's). They have salt rising bread and I love that stuff! I got 2 loaves of salt rising bread, 2 loaves of French bread, 4 key lime tarts, 6 sugar cookies, 2 cheesecake squares. So much for the diet! From there we went to the American Quilt Museum. Oh, I could stay there for days and days. The winners from many previous shows were on exhibit and those quilts are just unbelievable! Every quilter should try to go there at least once. Then to lunch, then we rode in a horse drawn carriage. Becky and I had never done that. The weather today was just gorgeous. Yesterday it was way too cold to do anything fun outside. We left Paducah, stopped to visit my friend, Betty, who was vending at a little quilt show in Grand Rivers and finally, back on the road to come home. We had so much fun. We ate way too much, probably spent too much but I can't wait to do it all again next year. Judy


  • Oh, gosh, your trip sounds glorious! I've got that on my list of things-to-do-before-The-Home!

    Love your circle fabrics! You did good on all of them!

    Judy, I have a picture of you standing in front of the museum with Sally and Gracie! It's on my sewing table! My favorite picture in the whole world!

    Glad you had a good time! Welcome home!

    By Blogger Vicky, at 4/27/2006 08:16:00 PM  

  • Gosh, that is all you bought? You did great - and you already know what you are going to use most of it for. Sounds like you had lots of fun! Welcome home.



    By Blogger Evelyn aka Starfishy, at 4/27/2006 08:30:00 PM  

  • WOW, sure sounds like fun! I love that Americana fabric! Will we get to see any quilt photos? (You could post them to your webshots...)

    By Blogger The Calico Cat, at 4/28/2006 04:45:00 AM  

  • Thanks so much for posting about Paducah! I went last year for the first time with my mini-group and was in HEAVEN! Couldn't make it this year and have been whining all week. Love you fabric purchases!!!

    By Blogger KCQuilter, at 4/28/2006 06:05:00 AM  

  • sounds wonderful! Wish I was closer to that part of the world...

    By Blogger quiltpixie, at 4/28/2006 06:15:00 AM  

  • I'd say you were amazingly restrained when it comes to shopping. Can't believe that's all you bought! What a wonderful time you had. Thanks so much for sharing!

    By Blogger Patti, at 4/28/2006 07:43:00 AM  

  • LOL I have been so pouty this week because I couldnt go but I am glad to live the day thru blogs :) I am an hr. from Paducah (in MO) and I did go to the quilt museum in Dec, absolutely FLOORED me :) love your fabrics you bought! xoxo melzie

    By Blogger Melzie, at 4/28/2006 07:54:00 AM  

  • what a fun time it sounds like you all did great shopping too!

    By Blogger cher, at 4/28/2006 08:03:00 AM  

  • I don't think you bought too much at all. I would say you restrained yourself very nicely. It sounds like so much fun. I wish I lived closer so it would be a drive instead of a plane ride.

    By Blogger tami, at 4/28/2006 08:10:00 AM  

  • guess most of us are going to have live the Paducah experience through your report. I have gone many, many times while I lived in IL but just once back in 2001 since we moved to AL.

    Funniest thing--my SIL moved closer to one of my oldest friends who lives in the Mt. Juliet in TN. I got the two of them hooked up and they are off to Paducah together!!

    By Blogger Linda_J, at 4/28/2006 12:42:00 PM  

  • Judy,
    It sounds like you had a blast. I wish I could have seen that Eleanor Burns tent. I don't think she has 4,000 bolts in her store in San Marcos.
    I love the circle fabric (pink, orange and aqua). Is that a Hoffman?
    Thanks so much for the blog.

    By Blogger Ramona-quilter, at 4/28/2006 01:26:00 PM  

  • I am a wee bit jealous, but glad you had so much fun!! And- had i seen tents full of $4/yard fabric, I would have behaved much worse than you! You showed amazing restraint.

    By Anonymous Samantha, at 4/28/2006 01:40:00 PM  

  • Fabric at $4.00 a yard? Wow. Last time I got to go to Paducah, Eleanor Burns was in a small house and it was hard to move around her little store.
    Sounds like you had a great time. Thanks for sharing your pictures of fabric purchases. I love all the circle fabrics.

    By Blogger Bonnie, at 4/28/2006 05:53:00 PM  

  • Me again! A quilt guild here in Canada took a bus to Paducah - must be a great time if they were willing to go all the way down there on a bus!



    By Blogger Evelyn aka Starfishy, at 4/29/2006 04:24:00 AM  

  • I missed Eleanor Burns! My sisters and I went nuts in the Hancocks remnant room. Must have been about the same sort of thing--they had one yard pieces for $5.
    Didn't have time for the museum either, but it was still a wonderful trip.

    By Blogger Kay, at 4/29/2006 07:23:00 AM  

  • Sounds like you had lots of fun dear girl !
    Love the fabric you bought. Good to have you back

    By Blogger Patty, at 4/29/2006 09:21:00 PM  

  • Welcome home. Sounds like you have had a wonderful trip, and your purchases looks very good from here.

    By Blogger Hanne, at 4/30/2006 12:32:00 AM  

  • Looks like you had a great time and knew you would purchase fabric. You did a great job restraining yourself though. I love the circles with the oranges and aqua. That is a nice piece of fabric which I could not have passed by either. Thanks for sharing, I don't think I will ever get there in my life time so I have to enjoy through others. Thanks.

    By Blogger dot, at 4/30/2006 06:20:00 PM  

  • Sounds like a lot of fun. I haven't been to Paducah during the show but have taken two longarm classes there. I make sure I visit the museum when I go.

    By Blogger Mary, at 5/01/2006 03:33:00 PM  

  • Judy, sounds like a great trip and you got some beautiful fabric! Thanks for sharing!

    By Blogger Carolyn, at 5/01/2006 05:30:00 PM  

  • Judy,
    Paducah sounds AWESOME!!! Glad you had fun and bought some stuff! Like we were WORRIED about THAT! ;)

    By Blogger Laurie, at 5/03/2006 09:07:00 AM  

  • What a great trip! Salt bread? Haven't heard of that before but it sounds good. Paducah is on my list of places to go at least once...maybe next year!

    By Blogger YankeeQuilter, at 5/03/2006 03:42:00 PM  

  • Sounds like you were just as busy at Paducah as I was!

    By Blogger Dawn, at 5/09/2006 11:42:00 AM  

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