I had a wonderful brief fast frenzied time in Paducah, was sorry I couldn't be there longer, but there is always next time. I saw many familiar faces and enjoyed Sneak Peak of the show, and toured the museum. The quilts were beautiful.
To see photos of the winning quilts, click here. There are videos of the quilts and interviews with winners, always great to watch.
The postcard above by Ruth Ohol was sent to me several years ago after I whined in class that my trip took way too long with all the road construction. Well, there was still quite a bit, not as bad, but it added another hour to my 500 mile drive. I am still somewhat the shape of the car seat and have swollen feet and an aching body from all the hours driving.
Here I am posing with a fabulous flamingo, after lunch with Ann Fahl. We each did the tourist thing and posed with the local color.
It was at Flamingo Row restaurant in Paducah, and we had a delightful time, the motifs and colors just what we needed. The food was yummy too. The area at the front of the building had sand as fill and beach grass, flamingoes, painted signage, etc., so whimsical and fun, and in Paducah!
Judy Woodworth's Best Longarm quilt was a whole cloth design on black sateen fabric with colored threads, striking. Do listen to her interview, it is delightful.
Sue McCarty's BOS was also a celebration of thread used to create the design in her quilt titled "Harmony Within." There is also an interview with her, and one with Cheryl See who won the Hand Workmanship Award. Getting the information from these quilters is great, and is one of the perks of going. Talking to them and seeing these quilts up close in person is the very best way to appreciate all the quilts.
Congrats to Pat Holly for her Best Wall Quilt Award for "Imagining India," terrific. Beautiful use of silk fabrics and color, fantastic machine work too. I even got to talk to her!
Ellen Heck's first place quilt, "Baltimore in the Provence" was simply splendid, so glad I was able to see that one in person. Quietly perfect.
The excitement, the quilts, the lovely weather, seeing friends made it very special for me. Oliver missed me, and is still purring.