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Thread: Paducah's So Called Quilt Museum

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    I just came back from a visit to Paducah's National Quilt Museum. Now doesn't the word museum say antique to you all? Does to me and in previous visits there where beautiful antique quilts as well as the new "art quilts". Maybe I'm just old and I do love the new style of quilting, but Paducah had not a single antique quilt on exhibit. I was very disappointed and I venture to say this is the reason a lot of their downtown area has gone by the wayside. People go to the museum and are very disappointed by what they see.

    Also, I'm a hand quilter, there were only machine quilts. Again, these were beautiful quilts, but definitely not what the word museum implys! They need to change the name to Modern quilt museum!!!

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    On their website there is information about past, current and upcoming exhibits. The next will feature older quilts. I imagine they change exhibits to maintain interest, not hang collections permanently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Normacharlie
    I just came back from a visit to Paducah's National Quilt Museum. Now doesn't the word museum say antique to you all? Does to me and in previous visits there where beautiful antique quilts as well as the new "art quilts". Maybe I'm just old and I do love the new style of quilting, but Paducah had not a single antique quilt on exhibit. I was very disappointed and I venture to say this is the reason a lot of their downtown area has gone by the wayside. People go to the museum and are very disappointed by what they see.

    Also, I'm a hand quilter, there were only machine quilts. Again, these were beautiful quilts, but definitely not what the word museum implys! They need to change the name to Modern quilt museum!!!
    To each his own, I guess. I recall the museum being rather small, and I would guess that they create rotating exhibits....maybe you wandered in during a more modern exhibition?

    Museum actually does NOT connote antique to me, it suggests art / artifacts /collections...

    I'm sorry you were disappointed in your visit.

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    When I was there last year, it was all antique quilts. Museum is a collection. They have traveling collections that come and go at different times. Most of the museums around the country share in this movement. You could go back next year and it would be different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenheron
    On their website there is information about past, current and upcoming exhibits. The next will feature older quilts. I imagine they change exhibits to maintain interest, not hang collections permanently.
    Good point

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    I know the museum seems small, but in relative to some other cities, Paducah is a small community and the museum is in the art district. They are always rotating out the displays and their site will let you know what is currently being show cased. Around the time of the annual Quilt show, there are all type of quilts on display in the entire area including many surrounding towns and you can really get your money's worth for the trip that is unless you are like me, and spend more than I should at the wonderful quilting stores all around Paducah.

    I live there and go at least three or four times a month to Paducah and I should make it a point to visit the museum more often. From this small area, I am very proud that once a year we are on the map for our fablous quilters.

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    The time I was there they had a whole room full of OLD log cabin quilts. Guess you just need to go more often!

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    I personally take offense at the criticism of any effort to showcase quilts, antique or not! All museums, including the Smithsonian, rotate their exhibits to bring freshness and also because they do not have room to show their collection at one time! Perhaps before people visit such establishments they should have the common sense to research prior to their visit, after all, wouldn't you check the weather before heading to the beach!

    I have visited the National Quilt Museum three times and each time, the exhibits were vastly different.

    Oh and here is the definition of the word museum in my dictionary:

    museum (n): A building, place, or institution devoted to the acquisition, conservation, study, exhibition, and educational interpretation of objects having scientific, historical, or artistic value.

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    my mom lives in KY. I've been to the museum there several times. and they do rotate the exhibits. one year i loved it the next i didn't and then the next time i loved it. i believe they're trying to reach all quilters of all ages and all style of quilts. don't let one time keep you away. it really is a great museum and town. they have so little. they have great quilt shops, and great people who will help you with questions. they are so friendly there. :D

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    Sorry to disagree, but nothing about the word "museum" promises that its exhibits are antique or even old or traditional. And it's pretty ridiculous to suggest that the museum not having traditional, hand quilted, older quilts on display at all times has contributed to the decline of that whole area. Sorry that you were disappointed, but you know what they say...phone first (or check out the website).

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    The MoMA certainly isn't full of antique art....

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    Sorry you were disappointed at the exhibit at the time of your visit. Better luck next time. Check the internet for their exhibit to be sure.

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    We went many years ago and they had both hand and machine quilted. It was right around the time that machine quilting was starting to be recognized.

    I took dh and our 2 sons. My dh could discuss the merits of the both machine and hand quilting.

    We spent the morning at the quilt museum and the afternoon at the Corvette museum.

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    I have to say, that this pass June I went for the first time to the museum and they had a mix of hand quilts and machine. I love it, I think it pretty neat that Quilter's have a place to show their work. Lets give ourselves more credit, that quilting is an art as well as a passion.Like an artist our quilts are our canvas, and I am proud that we have a place to hang our work to be admired

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    I consider myself blessed to actually live in Paducah (Went to Hancock Fabrics this morning). The other responders are correct, the quilts in the museum are rotated constantly. You could go many times and get a totally different feel each and every time. On another subject, I thought that the remark about the "decline" of our downtown area was rather snide. I am probably prejudiced, but I have been to many downtown areas and I feel that Paducah's is as nice as most that I have seen. Most of the buildings are occupied and have new or revitalized businesses in them and the artist relocation program has been a huge success. Yeah we arent a huge metropolitan area, but I prefer living in a community this size.

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    Wow.

    I really enjoyed my visit to the museum, and if I recall, they had quite a selection of all KINDS of quilts! I especially loved the miniatures. I thought the downtown area of Paducah was pleasant and quaint.

    No, "museum" does not mean "antique" to me. I'm sorry that it does to you. One of the best "museums" in my area is OMSI, aka the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. They have some FABULOUS exhibits, and they're not always antique.

    You are lucky in that you are close enough and can probably make another trip to see the museum sometime in the future, when they do have a display of antique quilts. I live on the other side of the country, and consider my trip to Paducah in 2010 the trip of a lifetime - I'll probably never get to go again. I was NOT disappointed.

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    I agree, I was so impressed the last time I went to the downtown area compared to the first time I was down there I couldn't wait to come back. I really appreciated the kind shop owners who stayed open a few minutes longer as I was running out of day on my adventure!! Awesome job on all that hard work. Decline was the state it was in before the revitilization efforts took over and totally gave it the feel almost like I had when I walked the streets of Seattle-

    BTW, very jealous of your Handcocks visit. I love that store and can hardly wait to go next weekend. That store is like a quilters playground. I LOVE IT.

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    I go through Paducah each time I travel back to Nebraska. One of these times, I'm going to have to take the time to visit the museum and Hancocks. Any other quilt places to visit while in Paducah?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xstitshmom
    I go through Paducah each time I travel back to Nebraska. One of these times, I'm going to have to take the time to visit the museum and Hancocks. Any other quilt places to visit while in Paducah?
    I recommend Caryl Bryer Fallert's place! And I believe Eleanor Burns is there, also. I'm not a big Eleanor Burns fan, so I skipped her.

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    Sorry you were disappointed. I was there 2 years ago, they had the last 25 years of 1st place winners there. Just beautiful. Do it again but check to see what they are showing when you go back. Quilt shop not to far from the Museum. It is in a house.. :thumbup:

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    Sorry, did not mean to step on toes. I love Paducah itself and the people are the friendliest of ant place I've visited, As for the older part of town, mant of the shops were empty, the ones I went into were very nice and the candy shop is still the best!

    When my husband there several years ago it was really different, I did go to Hancocks on my way out of town, I was just really disappointed in the quilt museum.

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    The museum is very nice no matter what quilts are displayed. The downtown area is much nicer then most small cities I have been to over the years. I'd be happy to live there!

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    I have been to the museum several times and loved it each time. They hang different quilts, different times of the year. Rotating different types of quilts in and out all the time.

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    something you may not know - if you are planning a special trip to a museum and you want to see a specific quilt in their collection, contact them ahead of time, they may arrange a special showing for you.
    I have done this twice, once at Boston's MFA (shown below), and once at a university museum in KY.
    [img]http://zoom.mfa.org/fif=sc1/sc173578.fpx&obj=iip,1.0&wid=568&cell=568,427&cvt=jpeg[/img]

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