National Quilt Museum, Paducah, Kentucky

Trip Start Jul 03, 2010
Trip End Jul 24, 2010

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Davey Crockett State Park

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

We were at the Quilt Museum at 10:20 only to find out we had switched back an hour so we were 40 minutes early which gave us a chance to walk around the historic Old Town area.  I haven't yet been to New Orleans, but it reminded me of pictures I've seen of New Orleans. We stopped in a little bakery/coffee shop and I had fresh ginger lemonade and Jim had a latte.  By the time we finished our drinks the Quilt Museum was open.  What a spectacular show.  I couldn't believe the intricacy of the stitching.

Flower Power was a 62" x 65" whole cloth quilt by Philippa Naylor or East Yorkshire, England.  Whole cloth quilts are made with a single top fabric and stitching.  When I looked at the quilt I thought it was painted or made with muted fabric but the shades of the quilt were created solely by quilting thread. Yellow, green and orange. It was my favorite quilt at the museum.  It was fun to see Libby Lehman's  quilt Escapade because I took a class from her and also have her book Thread Play.  Another surprise was Erica Carter's quilt Grace. I also took her class in Yakima and since she lives in Bellevue, I still get to see her once in awhile.

One of the most amazing quilts was made of 4,083 1" x 2" American Flags of different red, white and blue fabric. It was called Memorial Day by Kathleen Loomis of Louisville, Kentucky in 2008 to commemorate the 4,083 US military dead in Iraq. She made a flag for each of them.  They were connected by continuous stitching with only thread in the space between the flag.  Hard for me to explain.

My favorite quilts were in the main show, although I did enjoy seeing the room dedicated to quilts from 1860-1940, mainly Amish and Mennonite quilts.

The miniature quilts were no bigger than 24" x 24".  I had to take my glasses off and look up close to see the types of piecing, applique and stitching, all totally amazing.

We spent at least two hours at the museum with Jim enjoying it as much as I did.  We couldn't take pictures but I was able to take pictures of the quilted stained glass windows of the museum.  I'll post them soon.

After the museum we headed to Nashville and the beginning of the Natchez Trace Parkway.  More on that tomorrow.

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Lena on

I bet you thought you were in quilt heaven!! I know a few of your friends are very envious of your day at the museum. Glad you and Jim had a good day.

Leah on

Beautiful quilts! How fun to just do what you want to do and go where you want to go! Have fun!!! We're all well now here!

Cindy on

Wish I was there, I can't imagine how beautiful the quilts are. Getting packed leave right after work. See you soon

Steve Ramos on

The National Quilt Museum is an exceptional fiber art museum. I have been there a number of times. The colors are amazing.

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