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    Paducah 2019

    Who is headed my way next week? Anyone need someone to help them with how it all works? I'm local and love to meet QB members.

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    First Time Visitors to Spring Paducah Show

    Nest week my friend and I will travel to Paducah for Quilt Week for the first time. We have a place to stay, tickets to the National Quilt Museum, and we are registered. We would appreciate any suggestions or do's and don't's you might have for us. We are both so excited!

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    As anxious as I am to see all those quilts, I have learned to discipline myself and visit all the vendors first, so an item I may want doesn't sell out before I get there. I buy things at major quilt shows that aren't available to me close to home. Take advantage of the free to ride quilt show buses. They are free for anyone to ride, but if your hotel is on one of the loops they each follow, that's even better because it will stop right at your hotel to pick you up and drop you off. When you get there get a map showing where each of the buses go to---there are about 5 of them (?it's been a few years since I was there), each travels an endless loop, and between them you can get just about anywhere.

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    No wheeled carts are allowed in the show for safety sake. There will be a baggage check where you can leave your purchases. Support the local Boy Scouts. They sell the best strawberry shortcake. Have a list of wants when you head to Hancock’s. It is overwhelming in there. Make sure you hit downtown. Lots of interesting vendors and local shops. Wear comfortable shoes and have a ball. I will be there on Saturday

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    You can go online now and see the Show Book - it has all of the maps of the vendors, the buildings, and the shuttle routes. Make a plan. Do not miss the Antique Quilt Show at the Civic Center. Like others have advised, wear comfortable shoes, and bring a tote bag to carry your small purchases and paper handouts. I would try to carry the smallest purse you can get away with - some of the booths are crowded and a big purse will get in the way. The food vendors in the parking lot may technically be "open" until 4 pm but we found that they ran out of food starting around 2pm. By 3pm your choices were very limited so don't plan on eating late.

    A word of caution: do not blindly depend on the buses and shuttles to always be on time. I took my husband in 2017 and they "forgot" to pick up about 75 of us from Park and Ride Lot on Wednesday morning. We all got there early to make sure we saw the opening of the Show... but we were not picked up for about 90 minutes. Yes, we were in the correct spot. We called and emailed and Facebook messaged anyone we could think would help but no one answered. Eventually someone drove their car to the show and they sent a bus. THEN on Wednesday night, after the All-Star Show special event, there were no buses to take us back to our cars. I had made sure via email that we would all have transportation but none of the buses were scheduled to take us back to the Park And Ride lot. Several of us were stranded AGAIN. One of the bus company managers sent a driver off his course but it took an extra hour to get it figured out. When I complained on Thursday at the show, all of the AQS staff denied that this had happened. HELLO - it wasn't only me... there were a bunch of us both in the morning and at night. When I emailed AQS, they also denied it happened. My husband was so mad about the situation he refused to go back again. We talked to several people that week who had stories of them missing their tour bus pickups because the shuttles were late or lost. Apparently this happens almost every year. We are going again this year (husband caved in) but we will be parking in the downtown lots and NOT depending on their shuttles.

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    I have been going for years. It's my me time so I go alone. One thing I learned is to take time to watch all the demos. Many new notions and tools are demostrated and there is usually a show discount. I don't buy a lot of fabric there, not even at Hancocks. I don't think the sale prices are saving me that much. I love Quilt in a Day. Check to see if tickets are available for Eleanor's show. If not you can stand in back. She has two places. One is the shop and one is the warehouse around the corner from the shop. She has the best prices on tools, rulers, etc. Paper Pieces is a fun place to visit. Finkle building is full of vendors, Rotary Club has quilts and vendors, many vendors in historic downtown. If you aren't driving you can ride the shuttle bus. Buses take more time to get around so plan for that. The Marshmallow Pavilion is apart from the convention center and it's full of vendors. The show at the convention center is two stories so don't forget to go upstairs. Food lines are long at lunch time so if you want until then you will waste at least an hour or more. Take a water bottle and refill. Pictures of quilts are okay to take but no pictures allowed at the vendor booths. You will have an amazing time and love every minute of it.

    I drive and haven't had any parking problems at any of the places. Traffic is not congested just busy around the convention center. If you park at the convention center get there before the show opens and pay for parking at the center. You can walk to everywhere from there, the museum is across the street, downtown is a few blocks away, Quilt in a Day is walkable and Paper Pieces shop or you can take the shuttle bus to any of those places and back again to the show. I drive to Rotary Club and Hancocks. Parking isn't a problem so I don't know why anyone would drive there and wait in a lot for a bus.
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    Paducah Quilt show ?

    I am going to the Paducah Quilt show next week. So excited as this is something I have wanted to do for a long time. My question is this for those who have gone: are you allowed to take a tote bag in with your purse to carry what you may buy. What are the rules for entering if there are any?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joan in AK View Post
    I am going to the Paducah Quilt show next week. So excited as this is something I have wanted to do for a long time. My question is this for those who have gone: are you allowed to take a tote bag in with your purse to carry what you may buy. What are the rules for entering if there are any?
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    We did when we went

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    Yes, you can bring a tote bag. You cannot bring a wheeled cart or an unoccupied stroller to carry your purchases. I went in 2017 and they didn't inspect bags or anything like that. Just be aware that some of the booths are tight and if your purse, etc. is really large, you might bump into the other people or the displays.

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    Just make sure you wear good walking shoes. When I went, it was so crowded at the food stands, the only place to sit and eat was on a curb. I have a feeling if one were obviously handicapped, arrangements would be made to get you a place to sit. The huge crew of volunteers did a great job, directing traffic, answering questions and cleaning up after the visitors. They even kept all the bathrooms clean.
    If you get a chance while in town, be sure to go to Hancock's of Paducah.

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    Yes, tote bags are definitely allowed...AQS even sells them if you don't have one. Also there is a free package check in the lobby. Red-coated helpers will watch over your goodies until you are ready to leave so you don't have to lug stuff around.

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    As of now, there are no bag checks at the entrances and as stated above, they do not allow wheeled carts. However, walkers, wheelchairs and scooters are all welcome. Wear comfortable shoes and take a light jacket that you can stuff in your bag...the crowds in the galleries keep it warm, but you might need a sleeve if going outside. There are tents with picnic tables and lots of food vendors outside and yes, at lunchtime, it does get pretty crowded. I've sat on the curb or on the grass many times, but I'm in good physical shape and do this so someone who isn't can have a seat. Eat early or late and you'll miss most of the crowd at the tables. It is fun to meet people at the tables though and you make new friends when folks share. You can also bring your food indoors and sit in the hallways (upstairs is carpeted) You just can't take food or drink into the galleries, but there's lots of space in the corridors and there's chairs there too.

    The First Presbyterian Church has a Taste of Kentucky dinner that is always popular:
    The annual quilters dinner "A Taste of Kentucky" will be Friday, April 26, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church on Seventh and Jefferson Streets. 270-442-3545

    There will be two seating's-one at 5:00 pm and one at 6:30 pm.

    The cost is $10 if paid by April 19, and $12 at the door. The menu will be pulled pork, homemade potato salad, seasoned green beans, homemade rolls, Kentucky Pie or Chess Pie, tea, water, or coffee. (Vegetarians can be accommodated, if ordered in advance).

    In addition to the dinner, which is served at the tables, one can enjoy seeing antique and modern quilts that cover the walls and entertainment is provided.

    Some of the other churches have special dinners as well. The price is wonderful for what you get and the money all goes to good causes.

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    Hotel Metropolitan is an historic hotel from the segregation era. Many famous African American performers and dignitaries stayed there. They have a special exhibit called Quilts of the Green Book during Quilt Week https://www.facebook.com/events/267140544004534/

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    There are free shuttle busses that take you to Hancocks, the Museum, the vendor pavilion, the Civic Center and Eleanor Burns. They run about every 30 minutes and if you don't want to drive, just hop on and they will take you there.

    Don't miss the Antique quilt show at the Cherry Civic Center sponsored by the JayCees...lots of vendors there too.

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    I am fairly sure that QiaD no longer has a Paducah store.

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    The store is still there and open I was told when I called. ?
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    I think the YoYo ladies had a vidio on you tube about 'burying your hand quilting knot in a seam'. and i hand quilt like that now. really up grades your handquilting by doing that. And thx to this thread i know that the quilt show is next week. on my bucket list. one day.
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    Wish I was going, but not this time. Will miss seeing you, and all the quilts, Melody!

    BTW, Melody is a great ambassador for Paducah! She will help you as much or as little as you like, so don't hesitate to contact her.
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    My guild member was in Paducah a few weeks ago. She said she went to QIAD shop there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LynnBBQ View Post
    A word of caution: do not blindly depend on the buses and shuttles to always be on time. We talked to several people that week who had stories of them missing their tour bus pickups because the shuttles were late or lost. Apparently this happens almost every year. We are going again this year (husband caved in) but we will be parking in the downtown lots and NOT depending on their shuttles.
    The problem we had wasn't with shuttles being late or lost, it was that they were always full! We had to wait for 4-5 shuttles to come and go before we finally were able to board, and it was standing room only.

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    I like to take a class. Their teachers are world class!!
    Travel very light. I have a pocket wallet with money, credit card and identification. It's all you need.
    Take your time, see everything. If you can, arrive on Monday evening. Start your adventure Tuesday morning. See all the town, shops and Hancocks of Paducah before 35,000 people get there. Ricky Timms show is worth it.
    And make a list of things you specifically want to pick up.

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    I am glad to know that they are open. The QiaD website does not list any stores other than the one in CA. Another person called the number that they had for the store and the number was no longer in service. I did send a message to them, but never heard back.

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    The QIAD store in Paducah has not been open in the fall/winter. But has always been open spring and summer. The big classroom is upstairs as well as E's living quarters when she is in Paducah. Since the warehouse is around the corner they may have moved the store to there and are using the original store for classes.
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    Miss you too! We'll meet up again at a show before very long I'm sure.

    Here's a new little twist for this year's Quilt week. There's a quilt block pattern 'Scavenger Hunt' Participating businesses will have a block pattern to hand out. There are 35 (for the 35th anniversary) Sounds like good fun! http://www.westkentuckystar.com/News...nger-Hunt.aspx

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    I have not attended for a few years but my suggestion is go to the show, hit the vendors first and then the show and take your patience with you, especially if you want to see and photograph the Best in show and the other award winners. We found that there were small communities around Paducah that had quilt shows. If you have a chance go to some on those communities like Benton and go to the Kentucky Lakes there are small towns all around that have antique shops - we always found treasures. The area is lovely if you get tired of all traffic. Hancocks is an adventure. Again, take your patience with you. Unless blue laws have changed, The county is "Dry" so if you want alcohol, Paducah serves it. Ohv yeah, he dogwoods should be in bloom. Have fun. One of my fondest memories was in a small Kentucky town (I think it was Maurice) about 40 miles from Paducah. I was with a group led by a quilt shop owner. We were staying in a motel circa 1950s. We woke up one morning to hear Diane yelling from the courtyard "They have fabric!" She went to the hardware store next door to buy batteries and found fabric. All of us were over there in a flash.

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