Wednesday and Thursday we spent wandering from place to place in Paducah ... Looking at quilts, quilts and more quilts!
Wednesday evening (from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.) I took a class with Laurie Malm of Lollipop Designs on embroidery & embellishment. It was really intended for beginners but I enjoyed every second of it! Laurie made complete kits for the students which had a definite 'modern' flavor (see the photo of her class sample - Fantasy Flower). I like the design so much I am thinking that I would like to make a small quilt with several different colors of flowers. :)
One of the threads included in our kits was a skein of Cosmo embroidery floss. What a joy to work with! I liked it enough to buy a number of different colors from her booth later. I am eager to do more stitching with this thread!
I took more than 200 photos of quilts from the show but I won't share many of them here (copyrights, you know). There is a photo catalog of the show available from AQS. I will say that no photo is as powerful as seeing the real quilt!
The brick wall might seem an odd thing to photograph - it is one wall of the convention center itself. I quite like the impression of leaf prints on the brick faces. :)
Everywhere I have been on this extended trip has been faintly surreal to me. I feel as though I am surrounded by stories everywhere I go - every scene, river name and street sign feels like the beginning of a complex tale, likely to be full of history and folklore. (Sigh)