Thursday, April 29, 2010
Close to Nowhere
From Paducah to Houston
Some might say there’s such a thing as “quilt overload.” Don’t believe them!
Jane and I dragged in Sunday afternoon from our annual trip to the quilt capitol of the world, Paducah, Ken. We were broke, exhausted, bedraggled and already planning our next few quilt trips.
The quilts hanging this year were spectacular, as always. I cannot imagine how the judges pick one as best of show. Best of show this year was a machine quilted salute to J.R.R. Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings. Stunning, drop-dead beautiful. The award for best hand-done quilt was a flowery, trapuntoed, covered with a tiny hand-quilted, half-inch grid and tiny, perfect circles. It was drop-dead gorgeous and awe-inspiring!
I don’t think I can pick “one” quilt as my favorite. There was this one quilt, done in three separate strips, with 1920s – style ladies on each strip that I loved. Right off the top of my head, I can name at least ten others that I loved also!
For some really strange reason, Jane and I didn’t buy as much fabric, etc., as we usually do. Maybe it’s because “Don’t I already have that at home...?”
We did pick up enough notions, patterns, and “things” to fill the car up though.
I think the highlight this year was our all-day class with Kaffe Fassett, who is a super-star in the quilt and knitting worlds. We were nervous taking his class -- what if he was the snotty, egotistical type?
He wasn’t! He and his side-kick Liza Pryor Lucy (or Liza Lucy Pryor, I can never remember) were as kind as “regular” folks! We learned so much from him and Liza. He would switch just a couple things around and what had looked kinda flat, just popped out. I loved that class!
Actually, I loved all my classes. And in my thread class, I received a doctorate of threadology! You may now address me as “Dr. Bumpy!”
The annual quilt show in Paducah, for Jane and me, is the pinnacle of all quilt shows. However, just because it’s not the pinnacle (for us), doesn’t mean there aren’t other ones out there.
In early June, we’re going to the Mississippi Quilt Guild gathering (if you quilt and don’t belong to the MQA, you’re missing a lot!). In late June, Jane and I, along with several others from our quilt guild, are taking classes from Nancy Zeimen.
And in November...several from our guild are going to the epitome of quilt shows — the International Quilt Show in Houston, Texas! When am I gonna have time to quilt?
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