Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Quilters' 1950s Fun Night

Photo by Heidi Kasand
 We have just finished this evening's event, and what a fun time we had. Charlotte Angotti and I co-hosted the event, and our special guest stars were the APQS Rebels (aka Jim Langland and Mark Caraher from American Professional Quilting Systems). Yes, Elvis was in the building this evening.

Our 1950's costume contest had a stageful of participants, and the winner was "the church lady" who came dressed in her best black with white polka-dotted dress, red hat, and white gloves (with ruffles on them). We reminisced getting ready for Easter with our hats and gloves. There were mother and daughter poodle skirts; and "Bob" with the traditional dress of a guy in the 50s - blue jeans, white T-shirt with the cigarettes rolled into the sleeve; and we even saw a poodle pin - the kind that had two parts with a chain connecting them.

There were lots of prizes donated by vendors, sponsors, and AQS. One lucky quilter won an AccuQuilt Go machine with lots of plates to go with it. Thanks to all of the quilters who participated in the costume contest and the Hoola-Hoop-Off - these quilters proved they can still swivel those hips!

I didn't get to take any photos, but I hope Heidi Kasand from APQS won't mind me sharing two photos from her Facebook page.

Photo by Heidi Kasand
 Be sure to ask Mark how those 4-inch heels feel? Stop by the APQS booth in the Pavilion and take a test drive of their longarm machine. Thanks Jim and Mark for sharing your talent with us!

Live Quilt Auction will Not be Webcast

Live Quilt Auction on Thursday: Due to technical difficulties, the National Quilt Museum's live quilt auction will NOT be webcast on Thursday, April 28, at 6 p.m. The Live Quilt Auction will now be held inside the National Quilt Museum, 215 Jefferson St.

If you ordered the grilled chicken dinner, it will be served in the Food Tent in the parking lot behind the museum on 2nd Street, starting at 5:00 p.m.

Reminder: If you need to pick up your registration packet, a name badge holder, or want to purchase tickets for workshops, lectures, or special events, come to the Workshop Desk in the entrance of the Pavilion (also known as the Big Marshmallow) in downtown Paducah.

All workshops and lectures are being held in the First Baptist Church, 2890 Broadway on the second level. Just look for the room named the same as in the Registration Guide. There is food available at the church.

Quilts & Vendors:  Don't miss any of the quilts or vendors at the AQS venues - the Pavilion in downtown Paducah (corner of 4th Street & Executive Blvd.), which is also the AQS Bus Stop for the shuttles going to hotels and attractions who are participating; the AQS Vendors on Kentucky in the Finkel Building (200 Kentucky Avenue); and the vendors in the Kentucky Oaks Mall area - the former Office Max building and the former Circuit City building where you will find special quilt exhibits and vendors. The small wall quilts in the AQS Contest, including the Best Wall Quilt, are at the First Baptist Church (2890 Broadway) where there is plenty of parking available.

Day 2 of the show is coming up - see you there!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Quilt Show Setup has Begun

While the water is rising in the Ohio River, the AQS staff is busy with alternate preparations for the 27th AQS Quilt Show & Contest. Yesterday we had a 12-hour period to decide what we would do when the city told us they were planning to install the flood gates in our flood wall and that we must evacuate the Expo Center and Convention Center, both of which sit on the river side of the flood wall.

After visiting a variety of buildings and churches, here are the alternate plans we have in place:

Pavilion (also known as the Marshmallow) in downtown Paducah:
  • Vendors who were in the Expo Center will be moved to the Pavilion.
  • Best of Show and other top awards in the large quilt categories, all of the quilts in 9 categories and their winners, plus the Best Miniature and the miniature category will be displayed here.
  • Admissions, Workshops, and AQS Membership Desks will be at the front of the Pavilion, as well as the First Aid Station, Package Check, and the Paducah Visitors Bureau.
  • Certified quilt appraisers will be on hand to appraise quilts - this booth is located on the last aisle of the Pavilion.
  • American Quilter editors will also be located on the last aisle of the Pavilion.
  • The Quilt Life editor Jan Magee will have a booth next to the Ricky Tims' booth in the Pavilion. You can subscribe and meet Ricky Tims too.
Office Max building at Kentucky Oaks Mall:
  • Vendors who were in the Pavilion will be moved to the Office Max Building.
  • Winners of the 2011 AQS Lancaster Quilt Show, and the 2012 Pilgrim/Roy Challenge will be on display.
Circuit City building at Kentucky Oaks Mall:
  • Vendors who were in the Convention Center (1st and 2nd floors) will be located here.
  • Special quilt exhibits include the Alliance for American Quilts Contest quilts, and the AQS Authors' Quilt Exhibit.
Food Tent:
No Paducah quilt show is complete without some southern barbeque, strawberry shortcake, ribs from Larry-Larry & Darrell, and many other treats. We couldn't disappoint you there either. We will have them all, but they will move just a couple of blocks - to the parking lot on 2nd Street, just behind the National Quilt Museum.

Live Quilt Auction:
One change is that the Live Quilt Auction will be held inside the National Quilt Museum, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday. Enjoy a grilled chicken dinner at the Food Tent from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. and then head across the street to the museum for the auction.

AQS School of Quiltmaking:
All classes - workshops and lectures - will be held at the 1st Baptist Church, 2890 Broadway. There is plenty of parking on three sides of the building. Look the AQS Quilt Show sandwich board sign for the entrance.
  • Lectures will be held in the Chapel on the first floor.
  • The Best Wall Quilt and all of the entries in the small wall categories will be displayed in the Great Room on the first floor of the church.
  • All workshops will be held in ten classrooms on the second  floor of the church; there is an elevator just inside the entrance for easy access to the classrooms.
  • Special Events being held at the 1st Baptist Church include the All-Star Review, the AQS Authors' Roundtable, Stitched - the Movie, and the evening with Charlotte Angotti. All of these events will take place in the Chapel/Lecture Hall.
  • If you have any questions, Educator Coordinator Marcelle Cashon, Klaudeen Hansen, and Sylvia Thomas will be at the church to assist you.
Special Events at the Carson Four Rivers Center:
All activities at the Carson Center will be held as scheduled. Shuttle service from the AQS Bus Stop at the Pavilion will begin 45 minutes prior to the start of the events.

There will be shuttle service to all of these venues, plus the AQS Vendors on Kentucky (Finkel Building) where more vendors and the AQS "Hurt Book" Sales are located.  The bus drivers can tell you which route they are running and where they can stop.

If you need to pick up your advanced registration packet, a name badge holder, and wish to purchase tickets for workshops, lectures, or special events, check at the Workshop Desk inside the entrance to the Pavilion. The Workshop Desk will be open from 12 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, and from 8 a.m. to close on show days.

Tomorrow the quilts will be hung and the winners of the AQS Quilt Contest will be announced at the Carson Four Rivers Center, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m., and the show officially opens at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday.

Phew... what a week, but we did it. We can't wait for you all to see the beautiful quilts on display this year!

See you at the show!

Bonnie Browning
Executive Show Director

A Few Show Changes

Due to high water along the lower Ohio River at Paducah, the floodgates that protect the city are being installed. To protect the safety of visitors to the American Quilter's Society annual Quilt Show & Contest, events usually held at the Paducah-McCracken County Expo and Julian C. Carroll Convention Center have been moved.

Best of Show, category winners, and bed quilts will be on display at the Pavilion at the corner of 4th Street and Executive Boulevard. Vendors that were in the Expo Center will be there, too.

At Kentucky Oaks Mall, 3470 James Sanders Boulevard, The Alliance for American Quilts display will be at Circuit City. The Pilgrim/Roy 2012 Challenge display and AQS Lancaster 2011 winners will be at Office Max, also at the mall. Vendors that were in the convention center will be located at Circuit City. Vendors that were in the Pavilion will be at Office Max.

All classes and lectures and All Star Review will be held at First Baptist Church, 2890 Broadway, where the Wall Quilt contest and winners will be displayed.

The Food Tent and Live Auction will relocate just two blocks to the Farmers Market located behind the museum at the T-intersection of 2nd Street and Monroe.

As always, there will be Vendors on Kentucky at 200 Kentucky Avenue, also known as the Finkel Building, and the Hurt Book Sale.

Events planned for Carson Four Rivers Center and The National Quilt Museum will continue in place. The Yo Yo ladies and Silent Auction will be at The National Quilt Museum.

Shuttles will run between all venues so visiting quilters may travel safely.

A little water can't stop the 2011 AQS Quilt Show in Paducah. Come see us!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Parking at the Paducah Quilt Show

Since the Executive Inn is now completely torn down, we will have a lot more parking places where the hotel once stood.

Here is a link to a map that shows you the Parking areas, the bus route, and the locations of the Expo Center, the Convention Center, and the Pavilion.

You will also see the bus route marked. The AQS Bus Stop is directly in front of the Expo Center. The route will be used by the Anchor Trailways shuttle buses that travel to/from the hotels and local attractions, and the charter buses coming to the show.

The Food Tent is located in front of the Convention Center. Find your favorite barbeque, burgers, and the Boy Scouts' famous strawberry shortcake at the food tent. In addition, the concession in the convention center will be open in the morning and lunch, plus the concession stand in the Expo Center where you can get some grab and go goodies.

We will be holding the Quilt Museum's Annual Quilt Auction in the Food Tent this year. Don't forget that you can also participate in the auction through our webcasting this year - you will even be able to call in bids as the auction takes place. Here is the link to sign up for this year's webcasts (sponsored by Pfaff) that include lectures, special events including Ricky Tims, and the Quilt Auction. Even if you can't attend the show this year, you can enjoy some of it right at home on your computer.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

All Around the Color Wheel: Color 101

Are you afraid of color? Is it difficult for you to pick out fabrics that go together? If so, you aren't alone. Fear of color and buying the wrong fabric combination rank as some of the top concerns for many quilt makers.

Let's take a step back to our elementary school days and review some of the basic concepts of color. We will start with the basics and over the next few weeks we will also review some of the more complex color theories. Hopefully, this review will give you the information you need to walk into your fabric store with confidence and help you make even more beautiful quilts.

You are looking at the most widely used artists' color wheel. It's been around a while. Sir Isaac Newton is credited with developing the circular color wheel in 1666.

This color wheel is based on the three primary colors of blue, red, and yellow. The corresponding secondary colors are green, orange, and violet. Next, you'll find the tertiary colors which are red-orange, red-violet, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-violet, and blue-green. That gives us 12 main color divisions on our wheel.

Here's a basic rule about using the color wheel that will come in handy for any project. The colors opposite each other on the color wheel are considered complimentary. For instance red and green. So, if you want to play it safe, use your color wheel to pick colors that will go together. However, we are just starting our color journey...and, we won't always be playing it safe.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

If You Love Fabric, Don't Miss the Fabulous Fabric Flurry on Friday

How much fabric can you stuff into a "Flurry Bag?" To find out, stop at the National Quilt Museum on Friday from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. or until the fabric is gone. For just $10 you will get all of the fabric you can stuff into a "Flurry Bag."

Look for the tent on the Museum lawn (at 215 Jefferson Street in downtown Paducah). Come early for the best selection. Event ends when supply runs out.

If you are ready to clean out your stash and want to donate to the Fabulous Fabric Flurry, drop off clean, 100% cotton fabric in fat quarters and 1 yard lengths or more at the Museum when you arrive in Paducah so the staff can get it ready for the Flurry.

For more information, contact Susan Edwards, Director of Marketing at (270) 442-8856 x214 or email her at:

What a great way to add new fabrics to your stash. Don't miss it!

Bid at the Quilt Auction from Home

Don’t miss the National Quilt Museum’s live quilt auction, Thursday, April 28, 6 to 8 p.m. This year you can call in bids using the AQS Webcast of the auction. The webcast will be live and will be free for anyone who wants to watch or bid.

If you subscribe to other Webcast events plus the quilt auction, you will receive a code for access to watch your subscribed events including the auction.

If you just want to participate in the quilt auction, you will need to log into the webcast site at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 28. Here is how to do that:
  • Go online to
  • Select Quilt Shows
  • Choose Paducah 2011
  • Click the Webcasts tab
  • Then click the Watch Live Webcasts button
  • Scroll down to: Special Event: The National Quilt Museum's Live Quilt Benefit Auction (Thur 6pm) FREE EVENT - Just visit this website at Auction time to participate.

    The phone number to bid is 270-538-9222; this line will be activated at the start of the auction.
Join the fun and you might win the bid for a beautiful quilt!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Knoxville - Lodging and Special Events Info

The summer AQS Quilt Show and Contest will be held July 13 - 16, 2011 at the Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley Street, Knoxville, TN 37902.

Information on the show and registration information is available here.

Lodging - Book Early and You Could Win!
Book your hotel rooms early and have a chance to win a package of fun in Knoxville. Just click here to book your room online.

Early Bird Prize Package:
Free multi-day admission to the AQS Quilt Show, July 13 – 16, 2011.
3-night stay during the 2011 show at the Holiday Inn Downtown (closest hotel)
Experience Knoxville Fun Pack with attraction passes and discounts, including 2 passes for a luncheon cruise aboard the Star of Knoxville, 2 regular adult admissions to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, 2 admissions to Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee at the Museum of East Tennessee history, and 2 free tours of Blount Mansion.

This package is non-transferable and has no cash value. Deadline for booking your rooms to win this package is June 1, 2011. Winner will be announced on the AQS Quilt News blog on June 3, 2011.

Special Events
There are plenty of activities for having fun at the show.
Here is the complete list of special events.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
22101 Awards Presentation, Exhibit Hall, 8:40-9AM Free
22102 The Quilter's Link, Lecture Hall, 10-11AM Free
22103 AQS Authors' Roundtable Andi Reynolds, Lecture Hal,l 4:30-5:30 PM Free
22104 Quilters' Fun Night Laura Wasilowski and Bonnie Browning, Lecture Hall, 7-8:30 PM $15

Thursday, July 14, 2011
22201 Elvis Murder Mystery Cruise-without transportation, Star of Knoxville, 6-9pm $45
22251 Elvis Murder Mystery Cruise-with transportation, Star of Knoxville, 6-9pm $52
22202 An Evening with Karen K. Stone, Lecture Hall, 7-8:30pm $15

Friday, July 15, 2011
22301 Art Quilts - The Musical - Laura Wasilowski, Lecture Hall, 7-8:30pm $15

Saturday, July 16, 2011
22401 Brunch w/ the Mennonite Sisters: The Quilting Journey of Barbara Cline, Julia Graber and Polly Yoder, Ballroom A, 9-10:30am $26
22402 All-Star Review, Ballroom A, 1-3pm $15

Click here to go to online registration, or call 270-898-7903 (Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
Photos of projects and supply lists are available online; you can also print the registration guide under the Registration tab.

Timetable for the Royal Wedding... in Paducah Time

The wedding of  Prince William and Catherine Middleton takes place on Friday, April 29, at 5:00 a.m. Paducah time.

If you want to get up really early while you are at the AQS Quilt Show, here is the timetable for all of the activities before and after the ceremony.

Ceremonial Timings for the Wedding Day

• 2:15am and 3:45am Paducah Time:   
Between 8.15am and 9.45am: The general congregation will arrive at the Great North Door of Westminster Abbey.

• 3:50am Paducah Time:
From 9.50am: Governors-General and Prime Ministers of Realm Countries,the Diplomatic Corps, and other distinguished guests arrive at the Abbey.

• 4:10am Paducah Time:
10.10am The Bridegroom and Prince Henry of Wales leave Clarence House for Westminster Abbey. They arrive at the Abbey at 10.15am.

• 4:20am Paducah Time:
10.20am Members of Foreign Royal Families arrive at Westminster Abbey from Buckingham Palace.

• 4:20am Paducah Time:
10.20am Mrs. Michael (Carole) Middleton and Mr. James Middleton leave the Goring Hotel for Westminster Abbey. They arrive at the Abbey at 10.27am.

• 4:25am Paducah Time:
10.25am Members of the Royal Family (except those listed below) leave Buckingham Palace for Westminster Abbey. They arrive at the Abbey at 10.30am.

• 4:35am Paducah Time:
10.35am The following Members of the Royal Family leave Buckingham Palace for Westminster Abbey. They arrive at the Abbey at 10.40am:
- The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence
- The Duke of York
- Princess Eugenie of York
- Princess Beatrice of York
- The Earl and Countess of Wessex

• 4:38am Paducah Time:
10.38am The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall leave Clarence House for Westminster Abbey. They arrive at the Abbey at 10.42am.

• 4:38am Paducah Time:
10.40am The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh leave Buckingham Palace for Westminster Abbey. They arrive at the Abbey at 10.45am.

• 4:48am Paducah Time:
10.48am The Bridesmaids and Pages leave the Goring Hotel for Westminster Abbey. They arrive at the Abbey at 10.55am.

• 4:51am Paducah Time:
10.51am The Bride, accompanied by Mr. Michael Middleton, leaves the Goring Hotel for Westminster Abbey.

• 5:00am Paducah Time:
11.00am The Marriage Service begins. The Marriage Service will be relayed by audio speakers along the Route.

• 6:15am Paducah Time:
12.15pm The Carriage Procession of the Bride and Bridegroom with a Captain’s Escort of the Household Cavalry, followed by The Queen’s Procession with a Sovereign’s Escort of the Household Cavalry, leaves Westminster Abbey for Buckingham Palace.

• 6:30am Paducah Time:
12.30pm The Bride’s Carriage Procession arrives at Buckingham Palace.

• 6:40am Paducah Time:
12.40pm Members of the Royal Family and Members of Foreign Royal Families arrive at Buckingham Palace.

• From 6:40am Paducah Time:
From 12.40pm: Other guests for the Reception arrive at Buckingham Palace.

• 7:25am Paducah Time:
1.25pm The Queen and the Bride and Bridegroom, together with their Families, appear on the Balcony.

• 7:30am Paducah Time:
1.30pm Fly Past by the Royal Air Force and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

And after you've enjoyed the wedding festivities, it's time to head downtown to the Expo Center to enjoy the Paducah Quilt Show. The show opens at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Tune in to 750 AM - Home of Quilter Radio

While you are at the AQS Quilt Show in Paducah, April 27 - 30, tune in to 750 AM, WTHQ, for quilting information all day long. This station will be featuring:
  • Quilt Show Information
  • Class Times
  • Nationally-known Quilters Talk Radio
  • Pat Sloan's Creative Talk
  • ... and more
Whether you are staying in Mount Vernon, IL; Cape Girardeau or Sikeston, MO, or Clarksville, TN, you should be able to tune in to We're the Home of Quilters at 750 AM on your radio dial.

Thank you to Stratemeyer Media for providing this special programming for our guests at the AQS Quilt Show.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Get the Scoop on Writing a Quilt Book

In just a few days, the 27th annual AQS Quilt Show and Contest will open in Paducah! If you have contemplated or even just dreamed about writing a book on quilting, then Andi Reynolds, executive book editor for AQS, is just the person for you to see during the show.

There are several opportunities to learn what is involved in authoring a book and getting it published.
  • Potential book authors can also attend the lecture, Get into Print!, on Wednesday, April 27 from 10  to 11 am in the Eisenhower Room on the first floor of the convention center. Tickets for Lecture # 2802 will be available at the Workshop Desk; this is a free event.
  • Later that afternoon, also in the Eisenhower Room, Andi will moderate the Author's Roundtable from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Come hear what five AQS authors have to say about what it’s like to publish with AQS. This is your time to ask all the nitty-gritty questions you can think of about what it is like to write a quilt book. Invited authors are Dilys Fronks (Dual Image Appliqué); Linda J. Hahn (New York Beauty Simplified); Sally Terry (Pathways from Quilt Top to Quilted); and Linda K. Johnson and Jane K. Wells, aka The Crafty Ol' Broads (Cuddly Snuggly Quilts). Tickets for Special Event # 2202 will be available at the Workshop Desk—and it’s free, too!
  • If you have given some thought to writing a quilt book, you can bring just an idea or a full-blown proposal or anything in between. Andi's office will be on the second floor of the Julian Carroll Convention Center, to the left as you come up the stairs or off the elevator. There will be a sign indicating where to find her. The field editors for American Quilter magazine will have space there, too.
(Advance registration for the Paducah show is now closed. Pick up your tickets for these events at the Workshop Desk in the Paducah Expo Center - opens at 12 noon on Tuesday and 8 a.m. on show days.

If you'd like to talk about a book or magazine idea, you can prepare in advance by reviewing the AQS book proposal guidelines. Click here to view or print the guidelines.

Both of these events should help explain the process of becoming an AQS author, but you don't need to attend them to talk with Andi. Walk-ins are welcome, or you may make an appointment by emailing her at no later than Wednesday, April 20.

See you soon in Paducah!

Dogwoods in Paducah

The dogwoods are blooming now in Paducah and with the warm temperatures we are having, they likely will be gone during the quilt show... so I took my annual tour around town and shot some photos of the dogwoods to share with you. (You can enlarge any of the photos by clicking on them.)

We know spring is here when the Dogwood Trail banners go up and the dogwood trees bloom like this beauty on Jefferson Street.

Also on Jefferson Street is this yard that includes blooming azaleas, wisteria, and both pink and white dogwood trees. The wisteria is especially pretty this year, including in my own yard, where the blossoms are in clumps 10 - 12 inches long.

These "red" dogwood blossoms (the pink ones are much lighter) are on a tree at the Episcopal Church on Broadway.

I like this scene where the bench says "Rest Ye Awhile" in front of the
dogwood tree at the Episcopal Church. Very inviting!

You see many scenes like this one around town where the yards
are filled with pink, red, or white dogwoods.

The azalea bushes are starting to bloom, like this row of red ones
behind the red dogwood tree. What beautiful colors.

This tree on Madison Street was my favorite this
year - each dogwood was just perfect.

While the dogwoods may be gone when you arrive, there will still be plenty of
other blooming trees and flowers when you come for the AQS Quilt Show.
Last weekend Wayne and I made a quick trip to Iowa for a family
celebration and those of you coming from the north will still get to see the
wild dogwoods in the timber along I-24 as you drive south. Our trees are
two or three weeks ahead of what we saw along the interstate during our travels.

See you soon in Paducah for the quilt show. We are busy preparing for you!
We can'twait for you to see the beautiful quilts in the contest this year.

Bonnie Browning
Executive Show Director

Janome Sewing Machine Drawings

The 27th AQS Quilt Show and Contest in Paducah is just days away. As you are making your list of things to do, don't forget to register for the Janome 3160 sewing machines that will be given away. 
Look for the registration slips at the display near the Quilter's Park in the Paducah Expo Center. The display is close to the Janome Best of Show quilt and the other top winning quilts.

One machine will be given away each day at 3:00 p.m. - Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

See the Movie "Stitched" in Paducah

During the 2010 AQS Quilt Show, Houston-based Picturesmith Productions taped part of the movie, Stitched, in Paducah. This year the movie is finished and ready for viewing!

The movie lasts 72 minutes and will be shown in the Eisenhower Room at the following times:
  • Tuesday, April 26, 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 27, 6 p.m.
  • Friday, April 29, 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 30, 4 p.m.

Tickets ($12) can be purchased at the Workshop Desk in the Expo Center Hallway at the show.

Stitched follows three art quilters, Caryl Bryer Fallert, Hollis Chatelain and Randall Cook, for one year as they compete for some of the quilting world’s top prizes and attend the biggest quilt shows. Along the way, these artists juggle busy careers and challenges as they race to finish their quilts to enter in the these shows.
Caryl Bryer Fallert
Hollis Chatelain
Randall Cook

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Wednesday - 1950s Fun Night

Woweee - what an evening is planned for Wednesday evening at the Carson Four Rivers Center, 7 - 9 p.m. it's the 1950s Fun Night!

Charlotte Angotti

Do you remember the 1950s – the era of the Pop Rebellion with its Doo Wop music, Elvis Presley, and Chuck Berry? Funny lady Charlotte Angotti and show director Bonnie Browning will co-host the event. It will be a crazy evening with games - we'll refresh your memory with some trivia, dances, and also featuring the APQS Rebels (Jim Langland on the keyboard and Mark Caraher on vocals). You haven’t lived until you have seen Jim and Mark in action live on the stage. Yes, we bet Elvis will be in the building!

Bonnie Browning

Will you win the prize for the quilter in the best 1950s dress? Come dressed in 1950s’ style and vie for some prizes – think bobby socks, poodle skirts, blue jeans and white tucked-in T-shirts, pedal pushers, petticoats, saddle oxfords, and let’s not forget the pompadour and duck-tail hairdos.

Don’t miss this evening of fun, games, audience participation, and more. AccuQuilt has donated a "GO" machine to be given away, plus lots of other great prizes have been donated by sponsors and vendors. Be there or be square!
Bus transportation will leave the AQS Bus Stop starting at 6:15pm and will return you to the bus stop at the conclusion of the presentation.
Advance registration will be open until 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13... so there is still time to order your tickets... just click here to go to online registration or call 270-898-7903 and ask for the Registration Desk. Order #2204 Quilters’ 1950s Fun Night, $15.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Eve's Diary at the Paducah Quilt Show

Attend the AQS Awards Presentation on Tuesday, April 27, at 5:30 p.m. to enjoy Eve's Diary, adapted and performed by Gayle Stahlhuth, based on several of Mark Twain's stories and essays, including Eve's Diary, Extract from Eve's Diary, and Papers of the Adams Family. Life IS difficult to figure out without a dictionary!

Gayle Stahlhuth (performer/playwright) has performed off-Broadway, in national tours, regional theater, and radio. Her plays have been produced in NYC and regionally, including her own one-woman plays based on Louisa May Alcott, Catherine Beecher, Edna Ferber, and her own life, and many were written due to commissions. Since becoming Artistic Director of the East Lynn Theater Company (ELTC) in 1999, she has produced 57 different plays/musicals (some returned for another season), including 14 world premieres and 8 NJ premieres, and directed 31 of them.

She is a member of Actors' Equity Association, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Screen Actors build, and the Dramatists Guild.

Eve's Diary is one of East Lynne Theater Company's touring productions. This Equity professional company, founded in 1980, celebrates the American Spirit on Stage through timeless classics and provocative new works. ELTC operates all year long with the following programs: Mainstage Production Season in Cape May, NJ; touring Shows throughout the country; and Educational Outreach for all ages. The name "East Lynne" derives from an enduringly popular 19th-century American play.

To order tickets online to the Awards Presentation, click here; or call 270-898-7903 and ask for the Registration Desk.

Hidden Gems in the AQS Paducah Teacher Line-Up

Lucky you, if you haven’t yet chosen which classes to attend on your trip to the AQS Quilt Show and Contest – Paducah, April 27 – 30. Two amazing instructors still have openings in their classes, and their techniques will truly expand upon and improve your quiltmaking.

Called “Dilys the Quilt” per the custom of her Welsh homeland,  
Dilys Fronks has taught innovative quilt designs and techniques across the US and Europe for more than 20 years. Appearing in Paducah for the first time in several years, she will teach a positive/negative appliqué technique that she calls 2-4-1. That is, when you cut your appliqué shape 1 time, you get 2 possible blocks. “2 quilts for 1 effort” is another way to phrase it, as is the title of her very successful book, Dual Image Applique, (AQS, 2010). Dilys has an unusual way with color, too, so if spicing up your quilts and getting the most out of the time you spend quilting—2-4-1 style—then Dilys’s classes are not to be missed. Be happy you caught up with her while she’s in the US!

Sign up for these classes with Dilys:

3501: Hand Reverse Applique Using a Cast Iron Design

3503: Positive and Negative Hand Applique

3102: 2-4-1 Applique

3505: Template-free Hand Applique

Marianne Hatton hails from the Boston area now, but this native South African, a newly-minted U.S. citizen, brings an unmistakable continental flair to sampler quilts. Forget boring 6, 9, or 12 set quilts incarcerated by sashing and weighed down with cornerstones.

Marianne shows you how to make a dynamic sampler quilt quite simply by using a super simple grid. Mix and match blocks and go to town. Create themed quilts that look like landscapes—but the blocks are just as easy as any beginner sampler class! Create a memory quilt of a trip to Europe or bring your garden indoors. The sheer versatility of the process she explains in Simply Dynamic Sampler Quilts (AQS, 2010) will blow your mind in her very popular classes. Marianne doesn’t come South very often, so if you can snag a class with her this year, count yourself fortunate.

Spend a day learning these great techniques from Marianne:

5102: A Simply Dynamic Sampler Quilt!

7107: A Simply Dynamic Kaleidoscope!

Call 270-898-7903 or click here to register online.

Don't delay, advance registration closes at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Winners - AQS It's In the Bag Contest

Thank you to all of the contestants who entered the AQS It's In the Bag Contest. All of the bags are donated to the National Quilt Museum and will be auctioned during the Paducah Quilt Show.

Here are the winners:

Best Bag in the Contest – Marilyn Fromherz, Calimesa, CA

Category #1 Purse - 1st Place Winner – Janet M Scovic, Paisley, Orlando, FL

Category #2 Tote Bag - 1st Place Winner – Maxine Parker, Strawberry Shortcake, Las Vegas, NV

Category #3 Bag Full of Pockets - 1st Place Winner – June Schwierjohn, Posies Full of Pockets, Alton, IL

Category #4 Functional Bag - 1st Place Winner – Jean Dodson, Melon Bag, Arlington, TX

Category #5 Embellished Bag - 1st Place Winner – Marilyn Fromherz, Marilyn Fromherz, Calimesa, CA

Category #6 Green Bag - 1st Place Winner – Irma Dempsey, Quilted Flour Sack Patchwork, Indianapolis, IN

Category #7 Specialty Bag - 1st Place Winner – LynDee Lombardo, Look Whooze Back in Town, Olympia, WA

No entries for Category #8

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Bucket List of Rituals for Paducah

Attending the AQS Quilt Show in Paducah should be memorable. Here is a bucket list of the rituals every quilter should perform in Paducah…

Attend the Awards Presentation on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
Be at the Annual Quilt Auction, either live at the Food Tent in front of the Convention Center or by attending the free live webcast
Cast your vote for Viewer’s Choice in the Expo Center for large quilts, and on the 2nd floor of the Convention Center for the wall quilts
Donate items to the Museum’s Annual Quilt Auction
Eat southern barbeque, strawberry shortcake and other good eats in the Food Tent at the Convention Center
Find the Hurt Book Sale and vendors at the Finkel Building
Go see Klaudeen Hansen and collect autographs of quiltmakers at the Quilt Art Autograph Party
Have a seat and enjoy the free demonstrations at the AQS Grandstand
Increase your stash at the AQS Merchant Malls
Join or renew your AQS membership at the show
Keep your packages safe at the Package checks in the Atrium of the Convention Center and at the entrance of the Pavilion (hint: remember where you left them)
Learn something new in a workshop or lecture in the AQS School of Quiltmaking
Mail your postcards and letters with the AQS Show Cancellation Stamp and packages from the U.S. Post Office booth in the Convention Center
Note all of the familiar faces you see at the show year after year
Offer to be a white-gloved hostess/host and you’ll receive the collectible AQS volunteer pin
Park yourself at the Quilter’s Park in the Expo Center or find a chair in the hallways of the Convention Center to give your feet a rest
Quilt on charity quilts at the Build Quilts for Love booth #1124
Ride the free shuttles to the AQS-sanctioned events: The National Quilt Museum and the 23rd Annual Rotary Antique Quilt Show and Vendor Mall
Spend Friday evening at An Evening of Inspiration and Entertainment with Ricky Tims, sponsored by Ken’s Sewing Center
Try out a new sewing machine – all of the manufacturers will have booths with models to test drive
Update your calendar for entry deadlines for all of the AQS Quilt Contests – pick up the rules at the Workshop Desk
View the movie, Stitched
Watch the live AQS Webcasts online, sponsored by Pfaff
Xerox your itinerary so you don’t miss a thing
Y’all come back now, y’hear
Zzzzz… don’t forget to get some rest

You can still register until April 13 at 3:00 p.m. (central time); your registration will be held for pickup at the Workshop Desk in the Paducah Expo Center – open on Tuesday from 12 to 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on show days.

Let us know how you do in completing the Paducah Bucket List!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Decorah Eaglets #1 and #2 Have Hatched

Two of the eaglets a the Decorah nest have hatched, one on 4/2 and one on 4/3.

April 2: 1st eagle has barely hatched in this photo. Notice the cracked shell still in the nest. 

Later in the day, the eaglet was fed some rabbit. I think the eaglets look like little aliens at this point. Wait until you see how fast they grow. Two more eggs to hatch.

Bob Anderson of the Raptor Resource Group that is responsible for putting the camera on this nest periodically zooms so we can get some great closeups of the eagles. Good camera work, Bob!

April 3: This morning both eagles were on the nest - there were lots of birds around making a lot of noise.

April 3: We get our first peak at the second eaglet - it's right behind #1 here. See what I mean about looking like little aliens? The eyes are black and so is the beak.

Mom eagle is ready for a nap this morning - must have had a busy night with the hatching of #2.

Click here if you would like to watch the Decorah eagles. More than 145,000 people from all over the world have logged on at one time to watch the Decorah eagles. There have been nearly 7 million page views of this site so far. This is watching nature at its very best! The arrival of the second eaglet even made Good Morning America this morning.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Stitched - See the Paducah Premier of the Movie About Quilters

During the 2010 AQS Quilt Show, Houston-based Picturesmith Productions taped part of the movie, Stitched, in Paducah. This year the movie is finished and ready for viewing!

Stitched follows three art quilters, Caryl Bryer Fallert, Hollis Chatelain and Randall Cook, for one year as they compete for some of the quilting world’s top prizes and attend the biggest quilt shows. Along the way, these artists juggle busy careers and challenges as they race to finish their quilts to enter in the these shows.

Watch a trailer about the movie.

Purchase your tickets online or call 270-898-7903 and ask for the Registration Desk.
Tickets are $12 and the movie will be shown in the Eisenhower Room at the Carroll Convention Center.
The movie will be show four times during the show. The movie runs 72 minutes so it will go slightly beyond the times listed.
#2851 Tues., 4–5pm
#2852 Wed., 6–7pm
#2853 Fri., 6–7pm
#2854 Sat., 4–5pm

Don't Miss these Events at the National Quilt Museum

National Quilt Museum's 
2011 Special Hours and Events
During the AQS Quilt Show

The Museum will begin opening 7 days a week, starting in April. The Museum is open the Sunday prior to, and after the Quilt Show. Due to the timing of this year’s show, the Museum is open Easter Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Regular Admission Sunday – Tuesday: $10 Adult; $8 Senior
Sunday, April 24: Museum is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday: Museum is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday: Museum is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

More events on Tuesday:
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.: George and Virginia Siciliano Demonstrations – Starting Tuesday, the Sicilianos will be in the lobby demonstrating their techniques most days throughout the week.
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Bill Ford. – Demonstrating and promoting his painted aprons.
5:30 – 7:00 p.m: AQS Awards Presentation – (Carson Four Rivers Center, 100 Kentucky Ave.)
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.: AQS Sneak Preview – Be the first to see the prizewinning quilts in this year's AQS Quilt Contest; the merchant malls will be open too. Remember the Museum benefits from the proceeds of this event! (All Exhibit Areas)

Discounted Admission During AQS Show, Wednesday – Sunday: $8
Wednesday: Museum is open 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

  • 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.: NQM’s Silent Auction – (Convention Center 1st Floor Hallway) 
  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 2 – 4 p.m.: Jim Shore Signing – (National Quilt Museum (NQM) Lobby) &am
  • 7 p.m.: Jim Shore Lecture – (NQM Classroom) You can purchase tickets for this event by calling (270) 442-8856 x205 or online at Tickets are $15. 
  • Gift Shop Open 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Thursday: Museum is open 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.: NQM’s Live Auction Preview (Convention Center 1st Floor Hallway)
  • 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Bill Ford Museum is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Demonstrating and promoting his painted aprons.
  • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Book Signing – Mary Tatem, author of numerous books including: Quilt of Joy, Quilt of Faith and Quilt of Life. (NQM Lobby) 
  • 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.: Live Quilt Auction (Convention Center Food Tent) – NEW this year is the ability to participate in the live auction online through the AQS Webcasts. Click here to subscribe for webcasts at this year's AQS Quilt Show. 
  • 7:00 p.m.: Evening Upstairs at Your Library Lecture Series “More than Preaching to the Choir: The Role of the Museum in the Current Quilt World” presented by The National Quilt Museum Curator of Collections and Registrar, Judy Schwender. 7 p.m. at McCracken County Public Library in the upstairs community room. For additional information contact Bobbie Wrinkle 270-442-2510 X 119 – Free
Friday: Museum is open 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Samples of Fabric for Fabulous Fabric Flurry
  • 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.: New this year, the Museum will hold its first Fabulous Fabric Flurry on Friday during Quilt Week (April 29th) from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.  or until the fabric is gone. Just $10 gets you all the fabric you can fit into your “Flurry Bag.” Look for the tent on the Museum lawn. Come early for the best selection. Event ends when supply runs out. Have fabric you would like to donate for the Fabulous Fabric Flurry? We are looking for clean, 100% cotton fabric in fat quarter and 1 yard lengths or more. Just bring them to the Museum and drop off for the Flurry! Or contact Susan Edwards, Director of Marketing at (270) 442-8856 x214 or
  • 10 am – 12 p.m.: New Quilts from an Old Favorite: Orange Peel Book Signing – See these exciting quilts and meet some of the quiltmakers. Admission to Gallery required. (NQM Gallery) 
  • 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.: NQM’s Silent Auction – (Convention Center lst floor Hallway)
Saturday: Museum is open 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: Museum is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Eagle Hatch Watch is ON

Have you been watching the Decorah eagles online? They have three eggs in their nest and today is the date for the first egg to hatch.

Click here to go to the eagle website to watch the live camera that runs 24/7.

This is watching nature at its best!

Here is a link to a PBS documentary about this eagle nest that gives a lot of information about these Decorah, Iowa eagles. The photography and information is very good.

Soon there will be a lot of action in the eagle nest as both parents work to keep the eaglets fed. If you have school-age children, I highly recommend this site. If you click on the UStream words in the upper right corner, you can gain access to the chat room where the discussion is only about eagles. (Right now there are more than 100,000 people logged into the site so it is very hard to get into the chat room.)

Bonnie Browning
Executive Show Director

National Quilt Museum Celebrates 20 Years

The National Quilt Museum celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. 
Do you have the museum on your schedule while you are attending the AQS Quilt Show, April 2730?

Here are some of the special activities going on at the Museum during Quilt Show week:
20th Anniversary Fabric: MODA Fabrics has designed a beautiful line of fabrics especially for the Museum. "Dogwood Trail, Sentimental Studios" will be available in four colorways and matching blender designs - you will be able to get this fabric exclusively at the Museum's Gift Shop during the show (it will be in fabric stores in late summer). MODA is donating a portion of the proceeds from the Dogwood Trail Collection to the Museum.

Exhibits at the Museum to View during the Quilt Show:
  • 20 Quilts for 20 Years: The museum’s quilt collection, which began with 85 quilts in 1991, has expanded to more than 300 quilts. Twenty additional quilts will be unveiled during this year's 20th Anniversary Celebration.
  • Celebration!: The Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) made these quilts to celebrate the Museum's 20th anniversary
  • New Quilts from an Old Favorite 2011: Orange Peel: The 18 semi-finalists in the Museum's annual New Quilts from an Old Favorite Contest
  • The Color Orange: Antique Quilts from the Pilgrim Roy Collection
  • The National Quilt Museum Collection Quilts: The main gallery features a selection of quilts from the Museum's Collection
  • “Oh, Wow!” Miniature Quilt Collection
 Watch for the next blog about all of the fun events that will be happening at the Quilt Museum during the AQS Quilt Show.