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Friday, March 29, 2013

Paducah Quilt Show

Who's been to the Paducah Quilt Show?  Any special advice or pointers that one should know before going?   I just moved to within a few hours' drive and thought I might give it a try.  NancyHG


  • At March 30, 2013 at 4:48 AM , Blogger Laura in IA said...

    It has been years since I have been to the show in Paducah. The main thing I remember is how it is spread out all over the city. There were shuttles and buses though. Wear comfortable shoes and get a program so you can see all that is available to you. If you are a fan of Hancocks of Paducah know that it is busy during the show. Also have heard that Eleanor Burns has a tent somewhere and sells fabric at discount. Doris has been more recently than I so maybe she will post some tips.

  • At March 30, 2013 at 5:42 PM , Blogger Sara in Florida said...

    Yes, wear comfortable shoes! It was 1998 and 99 when I was there, would like to go again.
    Be comfortable, jeans, slacks, etc, you will see people of all shapes, sizes and styles. I would recommend Eleanor Burns, she is so fun and entertaining. And Hancocks of Pad. if you "need" more fabric.
    Sara om Fla/

  • At April 1, 2013 at 10:59 AM , Blogger Doris W. in TN said...

    Check the weather forecast at weather.com for Paducah before you go. Weather can be in the low 80s and it can also be freezing cold.

    Ditto the comfortable shoes(!!!) and clothing. Dress in layers. I have not been in several years, but there was always a "package check" place where you could pay $1 or $2 and they would keep your purchases --- like a coat check --- at the main Expo building.

    Vendors galore. OMGosh. I think only the Houston quilt show tops this one in vendors.

    Be sure to visit the MAQS as well as Yeiser Art Center. Both are walking distance from the main show if you are in decent shape.

    Parking is a nightmare. Just go with the flow and don't let it ruin your day.

    Be sure to stop at Hancock's of Paducah. Try to make it a daily visit, as you will see things you missed the day before. (LOL)

    I always went thru the show twice. First in one direction, second in the opposite direction. The quilts are hung in a U configuration, like a mini-booth, and I always saw the ones facing me as I walked down an aisle. Going in 'reverse' helped me see the opposite-hung quilt in each 'booth.'

    FOOD ---> The concession stands outside, from the main quilt show, were always very good food. Like I said, I have not been in several years, but no doubt it is still great. If you see a Larry, Darryl and Darryl BBQ booth/stand, I highly recommend it. It is some of the best southern BBQ ever.

    Inside at the show, there were a few small tables that sold cold beverages, snacks and maybe even ready-made sandwiches, last few times I was at the show. Very handy.

    Prepare to stand in line at some of the ladies' restrooms. Only the restrooms at the main Expo building were built to handle crowds. The older part, which was an Executive Inn hotel, had terribly small restrooms and long lines. But ... I heard it has all been remodeled (or torn down and rebuilt) so perhaps the restroom situation is not as bad as it used to be.

    That's all I can remember, that has not alreayd been suggested.

  • At April 1, 2013 at 11:00 AM , Blogger Doris W. in TN said...

    P.S. When I mentioned the concessions stands "outside" I mean "outdoors."

  • At April 3, 2013 at 4:19 PM , Blogger NancyH said...

    Thank you all for your great information. Doris, you went above and beyond! I've decided to go on a one-day bus trip with the local civic center. A 4-hour ride, so I'll be able to rest up on the way home.


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