Here are some more pictures and happenings before and during the AQS Show in Paducah, KY (2010). In this first picture, you can see a bit of the downtown welcome that quilters coming to Paducah receive.
Libby made a real fuss about me heading out again so soon after the Chicago show. I guess she thought if she sat on my suitcase I couldn’t go—or maybe she was thinking she might stow away to the show with me!
I did get permission to post these pictures of quilts from Paducah. As my friend and I were checking out the quilts at this year’s show and oooooing and ahhhhing over this quilt, a Japanese lady stepped up to us and said what amounted to, “This is my quilt.” She didn’t speak English very well, but you could tell that she was very proud (as well she should be) that her quilt was accepted into the show. Her name is Mitsuko Suto, and she is from Sendai, Miyagi Japan. Her quilt, “25th Anniversary” is shown below.
The next quilt maker we met was Valeta Hensley from Flemington, MO. She was SO nice. Her quilt, “Fashionable Ladies of the ‘20s,” was the “Best Wall Quilt” winner (sponsored by Moda). It is a purchase award, so she said she will be visiting the quilt at the museum. The three lower panels (that the ladies are on) are made of a tapestry material. The fabric at the top of the quilt is not made of the same fabric; I think she said it is a regular 100% cotton fabric. We talked about how well she matched the two fabrics.
I got to meet the authors of two of my favorite books. First, Maria Peagler, the author of “Color Mastery: 10 Principles for Creating Stunning Quilts” was vending in the same building as a friend of mine (Betty from The Village Mercantile in Boonville) in downtown Paducah. I had won a bundle of fat quarters from Maria last year and made a small Lori Smith quilt from it. She really had a rough time in Paducah; read about it at this address http://quiltsandcreativity.com/my-emotional-week-at-paducah. Maria was nice enough to pose with me for a picture. This was REALLY nice considering what she was going through.
The next author I got to meet was Lyric Kinard. If you follow my blog regularly, you know that I’m working through Lyric’s book, “Art + Quilt.” My friend, Robin, and I took a Surface Design Sampler class from her. We had a great time and learned a lot. We had a chance to sample foiling, screen printing, painting, making stencils, transferring images using Citra-Solve, beading, and making and using a stamp cut from an eraser. We had a great time experimenting. Lyric had pictures of the class on her blog a couple of days ago. Check them out here http://lyrickinard.blogspot.com/2010_04_01_archive.html#9210018291540454489.
Now, under my “oh, the things you’ll see at a quilt show” category are these hats. We were all shopping in the back room of Hancock’s. These ladies were nice enough to let me take their pictures.
Check back. I'll be posting more pictures from Chicago, and I have an update on the robins and another bird's nest.