Yes, ladies and gentlemen, my “Scrappy Trips around the World” designed by Bonnie Hunter of quiltville.com was in Paducah, Kentucky! No, it was not juried into the prestigious American Quilters Society show held each year in April. Rather, it made a guest appearance on the lawn of The National Quilt Museum. I began the quilt while visiting Pam about a month ago and completed the top while visiting Kathy last week. Kathy invited several quilting friends to visit her new home; sewing, chatting, and sight-seeing were on the agenda, and visiting The National Quilt Museum was a priority.
If you are ever in the vicinity of Paducah, Kentucky, plan to spend several hours at The National Quilt Museum. The guided tour is well worth the extra fee as Kathy, Alicia, Marie, and I can attest. The museum collection contains about 500 quilts, most of them top winners at past AQS shows; about 60 are on display at any given time. We viewed “Perfectly Pieced” and were awed by the colors, designs, precision and inimitable quilting! In addition, we viewed three special exhibits: unbelievably exquisite miniature quilts, heart stirring Quilts of Valor, and vibrantly alive quilts from Caohagan, Philippines.
Since we were forbidden to take photographs in the exhibition halls, I purchased a coffee table book of all the quilts. We were, however, allowed to touch and photograph the Caohagan quilts for sale. The quilts featured appliqued freehand scissor-cut shapes of birds, trees, flowers, houses, fish, boats, people, and some included patchwork. The quilters used polyester batting and hand quilted horizontal parallel lines about an inch apart. It was amazing to read about the quilters and their desire to creatively provide for their families’ needs by making and selling quilts.
After an inspiring morning of viewing award-winning quilts, we enjoyed a picnic lunch on park benches on the museum lawn.
Have you visited The National Quilt Museum? What impressed you most?