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Thread: Largest Quilt Shop in America?

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    Hi again, here is the proposed itinerary of our 10 days quilt shopping trip with additional 6 ladies, so I have to rent a Ford E350 :-)

    Flight Vienna - Chicago (1 day)
    Chicago - Paducah (1 day)
    Paducah (3 days)
    Paducah - Chicago (1 day)
    Chicago (3 days) - robertssewingcenter
    Flight back to Vienna (1 Day)

    Any suggestions? Too busy? any places in 50km distance to visit additional?

    Thank you so much

    Gottfried

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    Hi Gottfried!
    I actually live just outside of Paducah and my 88 year old mother is a tour guide at the National Quilt Museum. We'd be delighted to show you around! What dates are you going to be in the area? We are life-long residents of the area and love to help visitors.

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    There are many smaller quilt shops in the area that you'd love to visit as well.

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    I've been to Keepsake quilting; I've been there and it certainly did not look big enough to hold 10000 bolts; I wonder where they had them hidden. I wish some of those above were near me.

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    Also, any of your ladies speak French? My niece is fluent in French and I can get by if people use simple words and speak slowly.

    We have a number of wonderful shops besides Hancocks that would be delighted to have you visit. I told my mom about your trip and she's all excited...she will gather all of her friends and we'll caravan around the countryside to all of the different shops and attractions.

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    Here's some links that might help you make plans.
    https://www.paducah.travel/
    https://quiltmuseum.org/
    Then there are these great places...
    Murray Sewing Center
    Backyard Fabric
    Must Stitch Emporium

    and other attractions that you might find interesting
    http://www.westkentucky.com/things-to-do.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gottfried View Post
    Thank you so much!!! I am overwhelmed with information.
    @Garden Gnome: thank you, I never thought that there is a quilting town anywhere in USA - I take a look at the internet. But Missouri is far away from LA.
    @lfty298: I have the feeling that at shoes there are too many people to and the lectures are complicated for my wife, she is far from perfect in English (and my English is poor too). But anyway - thank you for the hints to textile museums.
    Don't worry about the language barrier for the quilt shows. We have thousands of international visitors every year and it isn't unusual to hear 3 or 4 different languages at a time as you walk around. In fact, there are hundreds of Japanese quilters who attend with only a handful of English words. We are geared to help our non-English speakers in every way possible. The show is quite overwhelming in its scope and all that goes on, but believe me, it is a fantastic experience. Many people come for the first time when the show is not going on to get the feel of everything and then return at a later date for the show. The Fall show in September is new and the crowds weren't as big. It had many vendors and many quilts, so that might be an option.

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    Here's a list of vendors that have already signed on to set up at the Spring Quilt Week. http://www.quiltweek.com/locations/s...pah18-vendors/

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    There is Grubbers in Minnesota. There is so much there it is mind boggling. Lots of older fabrics too.

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    I know that Missouri Star is the largest seller worldwide for precuts... I am not sure about fabric from bolts.

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    I live about 50 miles from Mary Joís in Gastonia, NC and quite a few of Quilters in the area have decided not to go back. Itís nit like it was when Mary Jo was alive and always in the store. A lot of the quilting fabrics are just plain gone - went there with a friend a couple weeks ago and it looked like they were clearing out quilt fabrics - I was so depressed. There is still quilt fabrics but nothing near the quantity they had years ago. And the prices have gone up a lot. I know fabric prices are always rising but MJ was always more reasonable than anywhere else - prices now are getting close to regular quilt stores. Some fabric lines have been phased out completely. Not to be a debbie downer, they still have nice fabrics - just not the quantity any longer. I might stop by if Iím in the area - maybe not. Iíve found better deals at bigger quilt shows many times and a much better choice of what I need/want. Go ahead and stop in if your near Gastonia but I would make a special trip just to go there.

    I havent been to Keepsake in NH in quite a few years but Iím dying to get back. The place just blew my mind. Terrific shop. The number of bolts isnít important to me but the type, style if fabrics I want is. There are some fabulous shops in Lancaster County, PA and around in a few other counties.

    Sandy in Mooresville, NC

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    Thank you for your input... You all are _very_ kind

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    Missouri Star Quilt Company - they have renovated the entire downtown area, including several buildings, with buildings dedicated to specific fabrics, such as batiks. I would expect they have excess of 10,000 bolts spread out over all the different buildings. It is definitely worth a trip there.

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