Thursday, May 3, 2012
Close to Nowhere
Quilter in heaven
Friday afternoon I sat under a tent-type pavillion, ate strawberry shortcake and listened to the thunder and the rain beating on the tent top. It was heaven!
A Boy Scout Troop in Paducah, Ky., makes a ton of money every year at the quilt show with their strawberry shortcake. It’s become famous among the quilt crowd — shortcake, topped with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream, smothered with sliced strawberries, topped with a mound of real whipped cream! And the calories don’t matter because you’ve walked so much you really need them!
Thursday evening I had dinner with Eleanor Burns. Just me and 72 of our closest friends. Eleanor is being inducted into the Quilt Hall of Fame this summer. The only question I had about that was why wasn’t she already in there? She’s been called “The First Lady of Quilting” for as long as I can remember.
I got to Paducah Wednesday around lunch, but was way too excited to worry about food. Found our hotel in Benton, Ky., (in Marshall County) and spent the rest of the day wandering the convention hall staring at quilts and vendors.
If there’s a Dear Jane quilt hanging, well, it’s my favorite. There was and it was beautiful! My other favorite quilt was aptly named “E I E I O.”
Each block was a farm animal and it even included a mouse at the very bottom corner — the mouse’s tail curled off the bottom of the quilt and was just way too cute!
Every year when I leave Paducah, I promise myself that I’m going to write a letter to the editor of the Paducah Sun and express my delight with that town and the people who live there.
Every year, I never do it. Maybe I’ll do it this year. I hope so. That town gears up for the thousands of folks — not just women either — lots of guys either quilt or sell quilting stuff and they seem to love it!
Last year there were floods in Paducah and attendance was down a bit — around 27,000. It was back up this year to over 30,000.
Doesn’t matter where you go in Paducah or the outlying communities — the folks are happy we’re there and go out of their way to make sure the quilters are happy.
On a smaller scale, that’s what happens around here during the Hummingbird Festival, Pilgrimage and Kudzu Fest.
I didn’t spend a lot this year. For some reason, fabric didn’t grab me the way it usually does.
I did bring home a gadget or two though...
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