On the way to old Paducah, to attend the quilt show there….

On our annual trip to the AQS quilt show in Paduach, KY to vend and have loads of fun, we always stop at the Illinois Artisan shop in Rend Lake right off of highway 57.

This has been our routine since we started coming to “the quilt show”, my favorite show  of all the quilt shows.Illinois Artisian shop

I love coming to Paducah in the spring time. so often when we leave the Chicago land area it is still cold and sometimes snowy, just Friday there was frost covering the deck as I opened the back door to let the dog go out.

As we drive down highway 57 the landscape begins to turn green, and our spirits are lifted by the  beautiful sunny day. After a long grey winter this feels so GOOD!

Driving along my eyes  drift over the flat farmfields of ILLINOIS and I am daydreaming about quilts that I could make when all of a sudden Laura cries out Forsythia!!!

Before you know it  white trees and red buds are all over the horizon. It is literally like is a breath of spring to arrive in Paducah!!

Just an hour away from Paducah, about six hours into our trip, we come to Rend Lake where one of the Illinois Artisan and museum shops is located.  There is always a quilt display in the front gallery section and this year I have one of my favorite quilts hanging above the check out desk in the shop.

Laura and Chicken Dreams

As a member of the Illinois Artisians we are invited each year to submit a quilt for an exhibit in the gallery space of the museum.

Laura has a quilt in the exhibit this year titled “Chicken Dreams.”







This year rather than be in the show in the gallery my quilt Shimmering Foliage is proudly displayed in the main store.

If I do say so myself it looks stunning. This quilt is 82″ square.

Shimmering Foliage

If you are at the show please stop by our booth #1224 (think Christmas EVE) and say hello. We love seeing our “quilting” friends.

If you are not here, why aren’t you here?

Happy Quilting.

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