Friday, May 2, 2008

Paducah - Day Two

Quilt City, USA sign at the Convention Center
The 50 vendors at the new AQS location on Park Avenue were open on Tuesday. There were conflicting articles as to the time they would open. We went with the 9:00 a.m. option and were the only shoppers among the vendors still putting final touches in their booths. A few asked who let us in, but most were eager to have us shop. I bought a book called Wacky Rails by Rhonda Dieker that has several different looks for string quilts. Also bought a pattern for a quilt one of the vendors had made using almost all Jo Morton fabrics.

Next stop was the Rotary Antique Quilt Show where we were treated to an exhibit of antique basket quilts curated by Bobbie Aug and Gerald Roy, a display of Hoffman Challenge quilts and more vendors. Added a few FQs to our bags here, too.

We drove to the Carson Park Fairgrounds where Eleanor Burns had her tents of fabric bolts and her building of patterns, books, etc. The fabric wasn't nearly as tempting as it was last year, but we did find a couple of deals. We missed Eleanor's tent show this year, but heard it was wonderful.

Downtown to the AQS Vendors on Kentucky Avenue. The first booth we saw as we entered the building was Bonnie Blue Quilts. They had a basket quilt on display that I really liked.

It was a beautiful day outside. We ate lunch and then sat in the gazebo area on Broadway for awhile just enjoying the fresh air and feeling lucky to be in Paducah again. After visiting a few more vendors on Broadway, we had an ice cream cone to rev us up again.

The Awards Presentation at the Carson Center and the Sneak Preview at the Convention Center kept us busy until almost ten o'clock. We were dragging by the time we got back to the hotel. It's a lot of work having fun sometimes.

The pictures show the flood wall murals along the Ohio River, a look down Broadway and the giant cow that sits near the ice cream place. It always looks to me like cars will drive right into the river, but they don't.
Murals on the flood wall in Paducah

Broadway Street in Paducah

Giant cow with quilted blanket over it on Broadway


Karol-Ann said...

This must just be amazing. I wouldn't be able to sleep at night after all the things seen during the day. Loved the photos of Paducah too.

Yvonne said...

I'm enjoying your Paducah report very much. Love the pictures especially the one of Annie. A big Congratulations to your son! Sure makes a mother's heart proud. :)

Jan said...

What a great report on your trip! Glad you had such a nice time!

Guðrún said...

This must be like an adventure, we have NOTHING like this here.

Marlene said...

Paducah sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

Elly D said...

AH Paducah!! It's a dream trip. Thank you for sharing your journey and photos. You had beautiful weather too.