A Quilter’s View of AQS QuiltWeek in Paducah

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During AQS QuiltWeek® – Paducah, Kentucky 2016, I was fortunate to meet Marianna Teague of Bedford, Indiana. She is a lovely lady who has attended numerous quilt shows in Paducah. Marianna was gracious enough to take time out of her day to discuss her views on Paducah QuiltWeek.

marianna-teague-300I have been coming to Paducah quilt shows for over 20 years. I have made a few modern quilts but consider myself a traditionalist. Before quilting, my sewing background was in garment making, very different from quilt making. I learned to quilt with a group of ladies who got together and really had no idea what they were doing. I purchased my rotary cutter, mat, and ruler. Then came the fabric. I picked out clothing fabric—some polyester and some cotton in the ugliest color combination put together. I still have my first quilt. Most days I want to burn it, but keeping it helps me remember how far I’ve come over the past 20 years. I do keep a journal on my computer to help track and remember each quilt I’ve made. Most of the quilts I make are donated to charity or given as gifts.

I have entered my quilts in a few county fair contests and a couple in the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show, but none the size of an AQS quilt contest. I think that over the years, the quilts in the AQS contest have become more intricate. The colors, fabrics, and designs have evolved and become more vibrant and beautiful. They were always beautiful, but the way people put color together now, I just wouldn’t think about using those combinations. It’s just wonderful!

When I first started coming to Paducah, the show was in the old hotel [Executive Inn]. The first couple of years, I came on a tour bus and stayed at the hotel. I remember going to a brunch where I saw Georgia Bonesteel, a gracious and nice lady. It amazed me that day how they served 1,400 people in no time; so organized. Another year, I was on stage in the showroom for a show-n-tell with Eleanor Burns—that was fun! Eleanor is always fun! One memory that stands out most for me about the old hotel is the vendor area under the pool. It was so hot down there. When you left, your hair was flat and you smelled like chlorine. I felt sorry for the vendors; but you know, you just did it because it was interesting to go down there.

I look forward to the Paducah quilt show all year. My husband and I enjoy walking around downtown and sometimes we pack a picnic lunch to have at the riverfront. We stop by The National Quilt Museum. The museum is breathtaking! It must be an honor to have your quilt there for the world to see.

I love to meet quilters from other countries and I am so inspired by the many talented quilters. I am in awe of the quilts and the quiltmakers here in Paducah. That’s what it’s all about!

Do you have favorite memories of past shows in Paducah. I’d love to read about them. Send to sylvia.thomas@americanquilter.com

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