Thursday, April 30, 2015

Paducah 2015 recap

Sign outside the Rotary Club's
vintage quilt exhibit. QuiltWeek 2015.
The quilt-gang had a marvelous time in Paducah at AQS QuiltWeek 2015. We missed the rain, the weather was cool and pleasant and the eye candy was stupendous. Here is a quick recap of our 3-day excursion.

The first stop was the "Hexed" exhibit and vendor mall sponsored by the Rotary Club. Mary Kerr (of "Quilt as Desired" exhibit fame) curated this exhibit and we made sure to arrive in time for the quilt walk. For those unfamiliar, a quilt walk is walking through the exhibit and viewing the quilts with narration by Mary, the curator. Many of the quilts in this exhibit were from Mary's extensive collection and some were on loan.

Mary has also written a book to accompany the exhibit entitled, "Recycled Hexie Quilts, Using Vintage Hexagons in Today's Quilts".

Mary Kerr, curator, explains the use of both wool and cotton fabrics
in this circa 1860s hexagon quilt.
"Grandmother's Flower Garden," circa 1930
After lunch we headed to the Yeiser Art Center, a non-profit visual arts organization, gallery and gift shop.
Outside the Yeiser Art Center, downtown Paducah, KY.
Throughout the year, various art exhibits are on display at this gallery. The Art Center focuses on a fiber art exhibit (more than just quilts) in April to coordinate with QuiltWeek.

Here are my quilting buddies in downtown Paducah. The 4 Musketeers??
In addition to the juried quilts at the AQS show, there were several special quilt exhibits. Among them was "Wicked," the Cherrywood Fabrics Challenge, an "Inspired by Libby [Lehman]" benefit quilt project coordinated by Clara Lawrence, and the amazing quilted pieces in the "Red, White and Quilted" exhibit.

A big "Congratulations" goes to my friend, Miriam Coffey and her sister, Emily, for their first place win in the Modern Quilt category for their quilt entitled, "For Tanya."
Left: Miriam in her trendy, vintage style dress featuring Headliner by Blank Quilting.
Right: "For Tanya," First Place winner, Modern Quilt category, by Emily and Miriam Coffey.
Back at the cottage, the evenings included a Show and Tell of the day's fabulous finds around the dinner table.
Nightly Show and Tell after the dishes are cleared from dinner.
Packed and ready to load up on the last day, here are (some of) our souvenirs. Ideas for projects are spinning in our heads.
Packed and ready for the trip home.
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