I'm back from Paducah (by way of St. Louis, MO). I flew out Wednesday afternoon to St. Louis to meet up with my friend Sandy and from there we drove to Paducah for the big AQS (American Quilter Society) quilt show. We talked, walked and shopped until we dropped (almost literally).
Before I left though, besides packing, I had to finish up my "eco market bag" so that I could use it as my purse and my shopping bag. I had already tea dyed the handles and had most of the bag together except for the buttonhole, button and a couple seams. I think I was finishing it up at around 11:30 the night before I had to leave. This is the fabric that I bought at Lake Street Mercantile a little while ago. It turned out great and really did it's job as a shopping bag.
Several times, I visited my quilt (War and Piece) that had won the on-line quilt contest for AQS.
My friend, Sandy, was a contestant in the show and we visited her quilt, several times. In fact, she ended up giving out autographs and received lots of compliments for her quilt.
I did do some shopping, but tried to contain myself as I had to carry this all back with me on the plane today. Sandy did offer to box up my dirty clothes and mail them to me since she knew I couldn't go home without my purchases. You know how it is.....we like to pet our new fabric purchases after we have gotten them home, so I had to do that right away!!! I bought plenty of new browns and blacks and creams for my Hearts and Hands blocks. Can't wait to get working on them since before I left this week, I had printed out all the pattern pieces and they are all ready and waiting to go.
There were so many beautiful quilts at the show, it's hard to pick out ny favorites. I did post a couple pictures, but on reading the AQS blog, there are copyright laws, so I have deleted the quilts that I had posted previously. But I certainly hope you had the opportunity to go to the show and if not, I am sure many of them will be in the next Amercian Quilter's magazine or on their website. I don't know how they make their decisions as to what is better than another because there sure are a lot of talented people out there.
It's back to reality. So, as I think of more, I will talk to you all later. Enjoy!
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