Boy, do I have a story for you all!!! Oh where to start??? I am so excited and can barely sit still long enough to write this post. I will try not to be too wordy. :-) I will try to start from the beginning. :-) Last week was Quilt Week at AQS Paducah. I made the last minute decision last month to attend the show. I have never been, but this year turned out to be extra special. I submitted the quilt, Portland Rose on behalf of Lisa Bongean and myself and it was accepted. In addition, my friend Thelma also submitted her quilt, Done Pick'n, (pattern Door County Cherry Baskets by Lisa Bongean), which I quilted AND it was accepted!! I thought "what are the chances I will ever have TWO quilts that I quilted in Paducah at the same time ever again??" So I made the decision to make the 8 hour drive to attend the show for the experience of it all. I mean doesn't every quilter have Paducah on their Bucket List??
I headed down Monday. I made plans to meet up with Thelma on Tuesday. Hang out all day together Tuesday visiting all the attractions, attend the awards ceremony that night and then the preview of all the quilts. I figured that since I would probably see and do everything I ever wanted in Paducah on Tuesday, I would take a trip on Wednesday to Graceland and visit Elvis...needless to say I never did get down to see Elvis. I was in store for a BIG surprise instead. :-)
This year was the 30th Anniversary of the Paducah Show.
And Done Pick'n... Thelma's impeccable work.
I swear when I woke up the next day, I had to look on the table in the hotel to make sure it wasn't all just a dream. :-)
here. Lisa and I did some interviews as well. You can see the AQS youtube interview here shortly after we won. (listening and watching myself...yikes...lol). Honestly, this was OUR version of the Academy Awards. To be surrounded by all this talent, and to win is very humbling. First time submitting a quilt to Paducah and winning First Place, seriously leaves me with a lump in my throat. :-) I feel like Cinderella.
Naturally, it wasn't all tears of joy. There was a little celebrating too. :-)
This was a trip of a lifetime! Memories to last me a lifetime. I was fortunate to share this with Lisa and Thelma. I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. :-)