I love them, I admire them, I even make them. So what better way to spend a few days off work than to grab a friend, head to one of the quilt capitals of the country and make a weekend of it? :-)
We hit the road for Paducah, Kentucky, and immediately headed for the National Quilt Museum, which was completely amazing and inspiring. Photos inside aren't allowed, but I wishwishwish I could share images of all the amazing quilts we saw! So inspiring!
We also toured several fabric stores, including the world-famous Hancock's of Paducah...
Um, yeah. That's only a little piece of it. There are aisles and aisles of bolts of fabric, and kits, and patterns, and ready-made kits, and ooooooh, so much pretty.
(So much money could be spent there! I thought I was livin' large with my measly pile, until the lady ahead of me rang up over $800...in fabric alone. No kits, no nothing. Yikes.)
We also visited a few other smaller quilt stores, as well as Bryerpatch Studio, featuring the amazingly colorful quilts of Caryl Bryer Fallert. I loved every single one of her pieces!
(In fact, one of my "top five" in the Quilt Museum was one of Caryl's!)
We even visited with "Eleanor" (that would be Eleanor Burns) at her Quilt in a Day store!
What a fun time - and what a way to get inspired to start that new quilt pattern that's waiting for me...
I definitely won't be a stranger from Paducah in the future! :-)