For the first time ever, I headed out to Paducah for AQS QuiltWeek. It’s almost impossible to get a hotel there during that time. But a local expert who teaches every year had a conflicting teaching engagement and offered her room to me and a fellow quilter, with the request that we book it again for her next year….a great chance to see the show!
This opportunity came up fairly quickly, so I didn’t book any classes. The two of us were free to roam around the town in addition to the convention center and National Quilt Museum. Paducah is an industrial town, with a lot of old world charm and history…cobblestone streets, cozy shops and restaurants, and a beautiful riverfront area with a flood wall painted in murals that tell the town’s history.
Along the way, we found local art quilter Emily Parson, with her quilt on display in the gallery.
No trip to Paducah is complete without a stop at Hancock’s of Paducah.
I tried to take a panoramic shot of the store, so you could kind of see how enormous it is, but I don’t think it captures the whole thing. It’s an overwhelming adventure in itself and women were going by with cartloads full of bolts.
Finally, I highly recommend a stop at Kirchoff’s Bakery downtown. What a place to have a special treat–old fashioned bakery goods with artisan breads, muffins, and cookies. (Of course, you don’t want to miss the boy scout strawberry shortcake just outside at the convention center either!) Whatever else happens, you won’t starve in Paducah during QuiltWeek.