Sunday, April 29, 2018

Bucket list-Paducah!!

You may have noticed a lack of posts in the last couple weeks.  That would be because I was away checking an item off my bucket list, attending quilt show week in Paducah, KY!!!!!!!!
But we are back home now and I am ready to get back to sewing/quilting:)  I did take my sewing machine we me and was able to sneak in a little sewing here and there.

Last year a friend and I was discussing how we wanted to go to the AQS spring show in Paducah. So her and I cooked up an idea that we go together.  But wait, there is more to the story.  Our husbands are friends from work, and then she and I got acquainted through our quilting and we both bought campers about the same time.  Sooo, we thought taking our hubbies and campers would be a great idea. They could hang out and do stuff while she and I attended the show.  It worked out great!

We were all planning on leaving our homes on Saturday April 14th. But as time approached, Mother Nature planned to dump a bunch of snow and ice in our city on the 14th. So we left a day early but had to battle pulling campers in really windy conditions.  My DH and I took a leisurely 3 day drive and arrived in Paducah on Sunday. Thank goodness for electric blankets and a portable heater, it was so cold on the way down there.

Our friends Carol and Rich stopped in St. Louis for a couple days and arrived in Paducah on Tuesday.   While we waited for them to arrive, DH and I biked around Paducah and I went to Hancock's of Paducah on Monday morning.  It was already busy there but it was surprising how fast I got waited on, they were like a well oiled machine.  I had been to Hancock's 10 years ago but not during quilt week.  I forgot to take my camera in there so Carol loaned me a pic she took.  Yes indeed I found some fabric that asked to come home with me, it really did ask nicely too, LOL  And gee I couldn't turn it down and besides I had a whole empty cabinet in the camper for it๐Ÿ˜„.  I had DH drop me off while he ran an errand, I no more than walked in the door and I called him and said 'take your time'-as he was laughing!  My ๐Ÿ‘€ were going left, right, forward, left, right, forward-where should I start!  There was a couple rows of Island Batik fabrics that I love and it was so much fun just walking down those isles petting the fabric.  I even got to talk to a couple of clerks about my being an ambassador for IB since I was proudly wearing my IB pin๐Ÿ˜€

Batiks from Hancock's of Paducah, and some panels.  The Batiks were a very good price,  at $4-7 a yd. for what I bought.

I also went to Quilt in a Day and found these on sale. The scrap bag was 40% off and I think the other yardage was $6 a yard, which will make great purses.

DH and I enjoyed visiting the Quilt Museum on Tuesday morning.  I was surprised by how much he seemed to enjoy it.

Wednesday and Thursday were the days Carol and I attended the show, we had loads of fun shopping and viewing the quilts. Oh my, just over the top quilts from all over the world.  The workmanship was outstanding. And the vendors were wonderful.  There were 5 different locations for the vendors and quilts, with shuttles and buses to take you where you wanted to go.

So I suppose you are just waiting to see what I actually bought, hehe.  The week before we went, I was using the Creative Grid Pineapple ruler and loved it.  So when I saw the cute snowman and pineapple patterns that used the mini I had to get the patterns and the mini ruler.  And well the fabrics just jumped up and down and said 'get me too' as they were only $2 each!  I was surprised that most fat quarters today are $3-$3.50 each!!  OK so I had not been in quilt shops for about a year, I guess things changed(again).

These bundles were at a super price at 30% off the tagged price.  One bundle for fall runners and one for-well to be determined!!  I am such a sucker for pretty fabrics, but I bet I am not in that boat alone;)

Oh and while at the show I got to meet 2 of my fellow Island Batik Ambassadors!  Great to meet Karen Overton and Dena Wilson.

And then there was this pop up shop in two locations in Paducah just for quilt week.  Murray Sewing Center and one of their buildings were all $5 a yard fabrics. This is what I got there. I see purses, table runners etc.

As DH and I were out bike riding I am sure I spotted Ricky Timms out back of the Convention Center and as the 4 of us were eating at the Mexican restaurant across from the campground in walks Alex Anderson.

So that was one week of our trip,  we left Paducah on April 20th to go a little further south. Stay tuned for another post in a few days about that.

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  1. What a fun trip, Vicki! The perfect reason to be gone from your blog! Looks like I should put this on my bucket list, too.

  2. That sounds like my dream trip. We were in KY with our Airstream just before the quilt show but were headed south back home. I would love to go there with the camper for a spring show. Which campground did you stay in and did you like it?

    You brought home some lovely fabrics. Can't wait to see what you do with them.

  3. Fun trip! Sounds like you had a great time and you even got to take your husband. That is a bonus!

  4. You passed really near me, on your way down. I'll go one of these years.

  5. What a fun trip! I love you co-ordinated your trip with a friend and met up at the show. I've never been, thank you for sharing what it is like to attend. It must have been mind-blowing!

  6. Sounds like you had a great time Vicki! I was in Paducah about 16 years ago with my mom and we had so much fun at Hancock's of Paducah!

  7. How lovely to combine a holiday with husband and friends with a quilt show. Sounds like you had a great time and snapped up lots of bargains, look forward to seeing what you do with them.

  8. Hi Vicki,
    It looks like an absolutely fabulous time!! Good thinking, getting out of Dodge before the big snow storm. I'll bet it was still fairly bad, as we had ice/sleet junk right around then. I remember my daffodils being buried in snow again. I love all the photos, and I can only imagine that overwhelming feeling as you went into Hancock's. I have been meaning to go to the Museum - I'm glad to hear your husband enjoyed it as well. Do they allow photos? I look forward to reading your next post - I wonder where you went further south?! ~smile~ Roseanne

  9. Congrats on another check on your bucket list! Yes, I'm in that boat with you, too! Sounds like it was a wonderful arrangement--girlfriends, campers, accompanying quilt holders and quilt show!

  10. Sounds like you had a blast. Could you please give me more information on the two patterns you bought that use the pineapple trim tool? I have that ruler also and would like additional ideas to use it.

  11. Woo hoo! Paducah! Sounds like you had a fabulous time. Going in your campers with friends and hubbies was a great way to do it. And I'm drooling over all your new stash enhancements :)

  12. we have gone to the show two times with our motorhome - and such a nice time, relaxing and not fighting to find a motel room. Plenty of room in the camper to stash all the stuff I buy. Love Hancocks of Paducah and never leave empty handed. Hubby loves the show and the museum as much as I do. Missed the show this year but maybe I will make it next year

  13. You brought home some lovelies! How awesome that the four of you got to enjoy the experience togeter. Do you think you would ever go back or more of a once in a lifetime thing?


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