At The Mecca!

Just a quick blog entry during my lunchtime.  A visit to the mecca of quilting, Paducah, KY, at the confluence of the Tennessee and Ohio Rivers, with my sister in tow.  Fabric.  Lots of Fabric.   And, in the midst of all that shopping, three thrilling events unfolded.

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First, my non-quilting sister, after heading “this way” when I went “that way”, came back to me clutching two fat quarter bundles of fabric, exclaiming, “I’m getting these”, to which I replied, “for what?”  The surprise came from her response. “I’m going to make a quilt!”, she said with a grin.  OK…hmmm…. “I didn’t force you into this, right?”, I asked.  Nope.  She just decided the fabrics spoke to her 🙂  The next three days in Paducah found us both huddled around my laptop, as I designed a quilt for her.  It may be several years before you see her quilt on my longarm, but I’m sure hopeful she picks me as her longarmer!

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Second, as we were on our last day in Paducah, we went once more to Hancocks of Paducah to look for a dear jane-type civil war era pattern that I fell in love with back a few months ago.  We had scoured the store on several other visits, to no avail.  Well, when the kind employee asked me if she could be of help, I said, “I don’t think you can help me… with all the patterns you offer, there is NO way I could convey to you what I am looking for”.  A gentleman appeared out of no where and said, “Tell us what it is you are looking for”, and I began to explain, “It’s rather dear jane like, civil war era, but with beautiful sashings”.  He said, “Why, that sounds like Latimer Farms!” and off he went.  Not 60 seconds later, he handed to me the stack of block of the months that made up that quilt and I was holding it in my own hands.  Better yet, it was being offered to me at half price!  I was giddy!  Holy cow, I have the Red Crinoline Quilts pattern!  That, too, may be in several years times, but my heart is now saying to quilt it in Kaffe Fassett Fabric!  Time will tell!

Lastly, upon entering what would turn out to be my favorite quilt store in Paducah, the Must Stitch Emporium, I came upon an amazing set of fabrics called “Market Road”.  I was drawn to them like a moth to flames…  I picked some out and I’m going to make a wall quilt, modern, at, yes, some point!  As I told one of the store owners, I plan on quilting the living daylights out of it!

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We sat along the river on several occasions, even with the oppressive heat and humidity, and on one stay there, we found the stacks to this looming above the floodwall.  They were massive.  We parked the car and hurried to the launch dock and we found this docked for a few hours:

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Would you believe that something looking this important was traveling east back to Cincinnati with the President on of it?  The war seems to be weighing heavily upon him at this point.  I sure hope we can find an end to it 🙂  And to think he is ported in Confederate-sympathetic Paducah!

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Not soon after the steam boat docked, so did this little guy.  He seemed to know just when to hit the tourists up for a little snack.  He was such a cutie and I was sad I didn’t have anything to offer him.. not even a scone from Kirchoffs was on hand that day.

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Well, after sweltering in the heat and designing my sister’s quilt, it was back to downtown Paducah for a little more last-minute shopping.  And a visit with the lovely horse.

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I would have shared some pictures from our visit to Mammoth Cave, but, honestly, it WAS rather dark in there!  We had a great sisterly time and made some fantastic memories.  I only hope that my sis has as much fun making her quilt as she did pulling fabrics for it!  time will tell.

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful day!