Monday, May 1, 2017

It's Monday, Again

It felt so good to sleep in my own bed last night after arriving home from the BIG quilt show in Paducah. There are two not to miss in a lifetime quilt shows in the US.  One is Paducah and the other is located in Houston.  When I was asked if I would like to have a booth at Paducah to sell Curvalicious, I said yes without hesitation.  Then I found out my spot was located not in the Convention Center, but in The Pavilion, affectionately known as The Bubble.  Paducah was a whirlwind of activity.  The entire city supports this show.  As a vendor in The Bubble, my view of the show was limited.

But, it turned out The Bubble was a great place to be.  There were lots of other vendors, easy parking and a great exhibit of Victoria Findlay Wolfe's quilts.
This is a quilt she called "The Beast".  I needed to be in the photo so that you could see the scale.  It measures 9' x 30' and is really called "A Garden For All Seasons".  I saw a photo of her on Instagram stitching the binding on by hand!

The nice thing about being located in The Bubble was that there was lots of light.  I never order electricity because it costs beaucoup bucks, so I don't have electrical lighting.  This natural lighting was the best!
So The Bubble became my entire world during the length of the show. 
The crowds were crazy at some times during the day.

Whenever I am vending, I try to get to my booth early before the show opens so I can walk around and see what the other vendors have, maybe do a little shopping and to see some quilts on exhibit.

The city of Paducah is quite artsy and they really support the quilt show.  We rented a house to stay in to accommodate my travel companion, aka Bailey, so I was able to see parts of the city while driving back and forth to the show. Here is a view of my visit from the passenger seat of my car.

Paducah had Pop Up Shops  before they became the current rage. Lots of empty stores get rented by small independent business owners for the week.  You can walk down many streets and run into a sale or a specialty shop.

It's a wonderful experience and I saw lots of girlfriends shopping together and laughing together and eating together.  There was a group of 9 women who met and came together as Air Force wives.  They meet every year at Paducah and choose a challenge for the next year.  A connection happened in my booth and they decided that Curvalicious would be their challenge for next year.  I was so thrilled and excited. I told them I would supply a prize. 
 I have a year to come up with something special.  I can't wait!

We arrived home on Sunday, and I wish I could chill on Monday, but  on Tuesday and Wednesday, I'll be at Byrne Sewing Connection in Doylestown, PA for 2 lectures and a workshop.  I think there are still spaces if you're interested.  215-230-9411

On Friday, I'll be starting a new feature on my blog called "Stitchography".  I'm hoping you will really enjoy it and it might inspire your entrepreneurial spirit.  There will be interviews with various professionals in the fiber industry.  Stay tuned.


  1. Your life is a whirlwind currently! Phew. I have not yet made it to Paducah- but hope to one day. Great post.

  2. Thanks for the review of Paducah. I've been wanting to go for the past two years. Your review just puts it higher on my bucket list.

  3. I love going to paducah - someday I'll get to houston too. One of my quilts is going this year.
    I liked shopping in the bubble. Did you get a church lunch? there are usually several good ones.


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