Monday, April 30, 2012

Paducah Road Trip

My road trip to So. Ill. and Paducah was absolutely fantastic! First of all, I love travelling by car. I remember criss-crossing the Midwest with my folks when I was a tot, going to visit friends or family, skipping town for a weekend camping trip, or moving (yet again) to a new town. I would sit in my booster seat in the back of my parent's VW bug, watching the world through the little window. By day the farmer's fields would roll by, the telephone polls ticked past, and giant high-tension power line towers stood like lines of soldiers marching across the flat landscape. At night we'd watch for falling starts and airplanes in the sky, and I'd search the horizon for blinking red lights atop of radio towers. They'd appear like little fireflies far away, and I'd watch the lights get closer and closer until we passed the tower, then watch the blinking red light fade behind us.

The Family car C. 1970, moving from NY to MO

So, yes, the drive was awesome! I drove down to So. Ill. first to visit with a girlfriend that I haven't seen in over 15 years - we were way overdue to spend some time together. Aside from doing some catching up and sharing some great stories, it was like we never skipped a beat. She's still one of my bestest friends, and she and her husband are some of my most favorite people in the whole world. Us two girls made the drive from So. Ill. down to Paducah on Saturday.

The AQS Quilt Show was so overwhelmingly amazing - so many people, so many quilts to look at and so little time to get through the whole show. I could have spent an entire week at the show! Although there were many gorgeous traditional quilts, we did see some surprising trends; some sparklies, a few rainbows of color, and beautifully tiny hexagons. More about the show later this week at Bernina's website.

The town was a surprise, too, full of beautifully resurrected buildings that were antique and quilt shops, restaurants, and artists' studios. We spent the rest of the day walking all over the town, eating and shopping!

Since I just cleaned out my fabric stash, I resisted (will astounding will power) the urge to buy any MORE fabric yardage, but I did allow myself to pick up a few souvenirs.

I use mostly Mettler or Gutterman thread when I sew, but some of my quilter gal-pals swear by Aurifil. I picked up a few Aurifil colors to try. Pretty stuff, I would have bought one of each color if my pockets were deeper!

Did you think I would make it without buying ANY fabric at all? No, I couldn't do it! These are two little vintage fabric charm packs I found at one of the little antique shops in town. Totally adorable prints, all cut into 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" squares.

No, I just couldn't resist!

I also could not resist this vintage patchwork apron, and fell in love with the dots and circles print repeated throughout. This one will get added to my collection!

So now it's back to the daily grind, I've got a lot of catching up to do after my little three-day road trip. And I'm wondering when I can get another Midwestern road trip in this summer!


Donna said...

Such a fun post. My favorite picture? the one with the Aurifil thread!

YankeeQuilter said...

I was at the Paducah show this year as well! You will like using the is so thin the seams lay really flat and the bobbin seam to last forever!

Sue R. said...

Thanks for sharing Erika! Nice narrative about travelling as a child...I'm headed to Paducah and Nashville this summer, so I loved seeing the pics and reading your travelogue!