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    Quote Originally Posted by craftdiva View Post
    I’m coming to the fall show as well. There will be a bus load of us coming down from Ontario. I have never been before so really looking forward to it. Any info that can be shared will be appreciated. Is the fall show significantly smaller? About how many vendors would be at the fal show compared to the spring One?
    If you've never been, you'll still be amazed at all the offerings. The big 'marshmallow' pavilion will be open with vendors and there will be vendors on all levels of the show. A couple hundred most likely. I loved the fall show and will be available to show you around then as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simpsonfs View Post
    A friend and I are coming from Texas. We will be staying at the Paducah Harbor Bed and Breakfast. We will be flying into Nashville and driving to Paducah on the 17th arriving late. Where are the vendor booths set up?
    Vendor booths are all over. There are many in the main gallery, bunches upstairs in the wall quilt area and another bunch in the special display area in the 'basement' Then the Vendor's Pavilion (we call it the marshmallow) covers about an acre just down the street and it is full of vendors too. The old Finkle's Store on Kentucky Avenue has vendors and books. Don't miss Must Stitch Emporium in the Market House Square. A local shop with great folks. There's 'pop up' shops here and there that just come in and use unused retail space and Eleanor Burns has her Warehouse sale with tons of fabric and gadgets. Not to mention Hancocks with over an acre under roof. The Cherry Civic Center out on Park Avenue has an antique quilt show and there will be a bunch of vendors there too.

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    It is the week of my birthday, and only a 4-5 hr drive for me, and I have been planning for months to go and take my aunt with me. But she has been ill this winter, and is back on oxygen, so if looks like I will have to plan for another year. So disappointed!

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    This link has a lot of events explained: http://www.quiltweek.com/locations/spring-paducah/spring-paducah-sanctioned-events/


    Eleanor's Warehouse is about a block behind her Quilt in A day Shop. Paper Pieces moved to Paducah and their shop is close to the convention center. I found the best lunch at the Rotary Club Exhibit on Park. Excellent BBQ. Easy to get too and the wait isn't long at all for lunch. I always do the show there, eat lunch there, and then head to Hancock's a few miles down the road. I have never found the right church on the right day that serve lunch. LOL
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    I'm going to the show and can hardly wait. I live here and all the Paducah Stitch 'n Quilt guild members are very excited too. I have 7 friends from the Medina, OH area that will be staying at the new Holiday Inn which is next to the convention center and two cousins and a friend staying at my house. It's great to sign up for classes as well as attend the show daily and walk all around town.

    It truly takes Tuesday through Saturday to see everything. On Tuesday I go to the Cherry Civic Center on Park Avenue to see the antique quilts and vendors then drive to the red Finkel building on Kentucky Ave., drive to Eleanor's warehouse on Kentucky, drive back to the downtown area on Broadway and walk up and down and also go in the shops on Marketplace square including Must Stitch Emporium. If I still have time/energy I go to the Quilt museum.

    Wednesday through Saturday is the quilt show!! I'm taking classes and lectures all day Friday. And, I'll be spending time with all my visitors. A great time of year for all quilt lovers!
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    I wish I could join you! Paducah is on my list for when we (finally!) retire. I have a sewing/quilting friend in Tennessee and another friend in Kentucky both of whom I'd love to get to see also. Have fun and take lots of pictures!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Battle Axe View Post
    You are a wonderful person to be so generous with your time and knowledge. It's not often that you can find a "local" to get the inside scoop when you visit somewhere.

    I'm a local around Shipshewana, only eleven miles away. I think I've shopped at every quilt store in the area. Maybe I can get healthy enough to do the same thing when our big quilt show comes in June. We are also gearing up for a Bonnie Hunter visit in 2019. Sounds like a bit farther out than it really is.

    Marcia ..... don't let the Battle Axe scare you. It was a moniker from a long time ago.
    Battle Axe, what are the dates of the quilt show in Shipshewana? Thanks for the information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustAbitCrazy View Post
    Ariannaquilts, you are going to have a hard time finding a room now. The very latest you should look for a place is the first week in January. Who knows, though, you could get lucky and find a cancellation somewhere, but I'm betting they even have names on a list for cancellations.
    I guess that means if I want to go I will have to drive, which of course means I won't get to see everything. Maybe I should just wait until next year?
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    Iím coming and camping over at Fort Massac state park in Illinois. Iíve been to the spring show several times. I prefer being by myself as I usually only come for one day. This time I bought the multi day pass and Iím taking a class too. I really enjoy The Rotary show as well as Eleanor Burns. DH will be with me this time through most of the show. Iím saving money now for Hancockís!

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    I've been for the last 5 years and usually stay for 2 full days, but will only go for a day trip this year. I guess I've become a little jaded as last year did not seem quite as good to me, so thought I would dial it back a bit. Wasn't going to go at all this year, but I have a friend who has just started quilting and I would like to take her. She only lives about 2 hours away, so will make a good long day trip.

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    I've been going for years and the last few shows are not the same as the past shows at all. But still great. I remember when vendors were set up in the mall, Eleanor had the big tent and barn, hot and swampy basement of the convention center (glad that's gone). I was there the time of the flood and it was amazing how fast the quilt show was moved and set up in other locations. Quilt Week brings lots of money to the town, probably more then Christmas. I have met a few locals who don't like it because of the people and traffic but after chatting with them for a little bit it was obvious they don't like much of anything at anytime. LOL. Be sure and see the demos at the quilt museum if you can. If you missed George Siciliano last year he and his wife are there this year. You can see him sew his quilts up close and chat with them. I spent over an hour watching his perfect paper piecing technique. https://www.pinterest.com/bridg67/george-siciliano/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ariannaquilts View Post
    When is the show? It's probably to late to get a room huh? I would love to go and to meet up Melodyr. I guess I am going to go Google the information I need just in case time is going to be an issue. Thanks for this invitation!
    I just booked with Harrah's in Metropolis, just a few miles out of Paducah. It's huge and they probably still have rooms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by melodyr View Post
    Any QB members want to meet up in Paducah this year? I'm local and know all the 'ropes'. I'm meeting QB member beckyw...we met for the first time a couple of years ago and had a ball. She's coming back this year and we plan on doing the same thing. We'll do the show, go out to Hancocks, even over to see what Eleanor Burns is up to at her warehouse if you want. Anything you like. I know the town and the show like the back of my hand...Mom is one of the YoYo ladies too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BZ quilting View Post
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    Becky and I are getting together on Thursday. We'd love to have you join us!

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    thanks for the offer ...

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    Here is an armchair trip to the Paducah quilt show... I posted two threads of my pictures. Be sure to look at both. Enjoy and be inspired!

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    I was there on Wednesday, I am planning to go in the fall as well. less crowded too. I usually drive in since it is only 4 hours for me.

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    Hello,
    my daughter and I are thinking of heading to Paducah for the Spring show and would appreciate any pointers that you have. We're currently looking for hotel rooms as we'll be coming in from Wisconsin. Any and all help you can provide would be Most appreciated!!

    Thank you
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    Enjoy your time at the show. I too like to go alone to quilt shows-then I can just wander and browse at my own pace. My husband and I go to a couple of major shows a year (I go to the quilt show and he goes to the casino)-match made in heaven!!!! We sometimes stay overnight and enjoy the time together as our daughter and 3 granddaughters live with us so it is a getaway time for us.

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    Speaking of casinos... DBarron I usually stay at Harrah's in Metropolis, IL, which is just over the bridge from Paducah, about 15 minutes away. The hotels in Paducah fill up about a year before each show, but Harrah's always seems to to have rooms available, as it's so huge. Everyone price gouges for this show. Hotel room prices quadruple. But Harrah's is still a lot cheaper than those in Paducah... about $130 per night, versus $330 in Paducah.
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    Melodyr--I'll be at a quilt retreat, but am thinking 2020--would love to make the trip with a carload of quilt buddies! So some questions: how many (minimum) days are really needed to do the show, the National Quilt Museum, Hancock's of Paducah and QIAD? And how far ahead of time are hotel reservations needed for the Spring show? Thanks!

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    quiltingshorttimer, I'm not Melody, but I can share my experience with you. I find I need at least 2 days... one for the show and show vendors (there is a huge separate pavillion of vendors in addition to the ones in the show building), and one for the local shopping. You can spend another half a day if you go to the Quilt Museum. I usually skip it because I am so "quilt saturated" after the show. My plan is usually to drive in as early in the day as I can (leaving Memphis at about 5:30am). Then I go straight to Hancocks and shop as long as I want. Then I go to the downtown area and shop all the little 'pop up' fabric stores, as well as QIAD. While in that area, I eat lunch at Kirchener's Deli and Bakery. Not to be missed!

    My second whole day is spent at the show and vendors. I only get the ticket for one day and it's usually enough. I don't take any classes. On my third day I revisit the shops I want to see again, and anything else I haven't gotten to yet. (Not the show). Then I leave for home in the afternoon.

    Hotels in Paducah cost quadruple during show week, and you need a reservation a year in advance. The one exception in the area is the big Harrah's hotel I mentioned in my post above. It's just outside of Paducah, over the bridge in Metropolis, Illinois. They quadruple the room prices too, but it was so much cheaper to begin with that it's just like a regular hotel rate during quilt week.

    Hope you and your friends get to go! It's so much fun.
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    thank you SewBizGirl--this gives me some info to discuss with my quilting peeps when I see them this weekend.

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    my daughter moved to Paducah many years ago - a free place to stay for the Quilt show. She was a newspaper reporter and since she was the only reporter with any quilting experience, (thanks to her Home Ec teacher) the newspaper assigned her the job of making the special edition/pullout for the Quilt show activities, interviews, etc. So, she knew her way around town, etc. The first day my husband stayed at her house for the day and hated that - so the next day he went with us - he was our "bag carrier" - LOL He said that the average age of the quilters was 70 and that they were all from Iowa. Yes, most of the ladies had on name tags from their bus tour groups, quilting clubs, etc. but I was amazed that they were all from Iowa. No - he just meant that they were "corn fed" - LOL - we are farmers and he was referring to their heftiness. LOL
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    Yes, a minimum of 2 days (I lost my log in and had to get Patrice to help me out and get back on here...sorry for the delay)

    You'll need 1 day for shopping and you can include the antique quilts at the JayCee civic center...there's vendors there too, by the way. I can do everything in one, but I have Hancock's and the Museum any time I want to go and Know the ropes and know where everything is, so it takes me less time. However, for out of towners...2 minimum. You can spend 1 full day doing the show and the Museum (George Sisiliano sets up in the Museum lobby and demonstrates his tiny pieces quilts) Then, there's the Finkle's store (old dept store) with lots of books and more vendors...quilt shops in the area too and Kirchoff's Bakery is a wonderful lunch spot, but if you are pressed for time, lots of food vendors right outside the show and lots of tents and picnic tables...get barbque, hamburgers and dogs, the boy scouts sell strawberry shortcake and several restaurants have mobile units that come and set up, so you don't even have to leave the grounds if you don't want to. The next day, do Hancocks and the pavillion vendors and then go back and make sure you've seen everything you want to.

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