The AQS Paducah show is still going on, but I am now home. It was a whirlwind week of traveling to and from Kentucky. I am happy to have a down day to sort through dirty laundry and new fabrics. Yes, I fell off the wagon big-time in my quest to make a new quilt without buying anything new.
I want to thank each and every one of you that took the time this week to leave me a message on the last post. They really helped. I left on the trip this Monday in a lackadaisical funk, not really wanting to go, but the messages, as well as the things many people said during the trip boosted my spirits. I had nearly half a dozen people recognize me from my blog Tuesday morning as I was shopping at Hancocks of Paducah. Yup...8:15am, minding my own business in a fabric store! Every one of them gave me reassuring comments. You all are so very kind and for that I am grateful. The day of wandering around anonymous is gone. Many, many strangers recognize me. I'm still getting used to that feeling.
This was a time of fun discovery for me. A month or so ago, AQS contacted me asking for permission to use an image of my Shenandoah Falling quilt in some of their Paducah advertising. I said yes. A few weeks ago, I saw one of the ads in the magazine. It was intriguing because it was a photo of a quilt sort of accordion folded (not the typical flat quilt photographs). Whatever...it was their image to use as they wanted. Then...at the show I discovered it was on a flier for a summer show. And, it was on the cover for the Awards program. And the actual show book. So I'm thinking that this is pretty cool to this point, but then I discover the next 2 places it was used...
It's the backdrop for this huge over-street banner in downtown Paducah, as well as this billboard sign! Yes, how many quilters can say that their quilt was on a road billboard?!? WOW
I arrived (gain with my daughter Sophie) om Monday. The awards was Tuesday night. It's more nerve-wracking not knowing ahead of time that you are getting anything, especially when there are more big-name entrants than I have ever seen. All their other shows, they call the winners to notify them. This show was stacked this year. I got to talk with judge Scott Murkin before the awards about what it was like to see all of these great quilts, in one room, and to touch (yes, touch!) them. I can only imagine the experience. Not once did he let on that my quilt was getting an award. Then again, he's not supposed to ! I was overjoyed when they got to 1st place on the wall/longarm quilted and this was mine! The quilt is hanging in a great spot, and looks lovely. So proud.
Let me tell you - Paducah may have had a ton of big name quilter's quilts here, but plenty of people I have never heard of won ribbons. Sadly, on the flip side, many of the well-known greats did not ribbon at all either though. Where else can the BOS at both Houston and Road to California, two of the great shows in the US, go without a ribbon?!? Very interesting.
Though I took several photos, I will only show a few here. This quilt won the Best Home Machine Quilting award for larger quilts. I have never heard of the maker, but it's fetching, and different.