It was FABULOUS!! LOL, you’ve got to say that with a Boston accent and great enthusiasm. It was the tour director’s favorite phrase. But she was right. It was fabulous, and really, she and the bus driver worked SO HARD, and made every part of the tour easy and pleasant.
The tour started and ended in Nashville, but the main attraction was the Quilt Show in Paducah, Kentucky. I had signed up to be paired up with someone (taking my chances!) since it was a lot more money to have a single room. The first night I thought I had hit the lucky jackpot! I had a room all to myself! But when we got to our hotel in Paducah (where we stayed for five nights) I had a roommate. Luck was with me again. I shared a room with a charming woman from Australia! Aside from not understanding each other half the time (its not just the accent–there are whole words and phrases that we don’t have in common) we got along great, and it was a real learning experience for me. There were women from Australia, England, New Zealand, and Japan on this tour! I Know! Some of you are thinking “TO GO TO A QUILT SHOW?!?” I’m telling you, this show is a BIG DEAL to us quilters!
Unfortunately, they had signs posted that photographs were not to be shared on the internet, so I can’t show you pictures of some of the fabulous quilts. If you’re really interesting, click here to see the Best in Show quilt (all the gold on that quilt is threadwork!) And here’s a link to one of the other top winners. To be very honest, although I admire the extreme workmanship in both of these quilts, they are nothing that I aspire to.
So I’ll just give you a quick run-down of the other parts of the trip.
Can you believe this place was a REST STOP? Kentucky sure knows how to do it up big! It was a visitor information center too.
Oh, this is the one picture of quilts that I was pretty sure I could share. This was the concert/show that my old friend Ricky Tims put on. He was on his way to becoming a concert pianist/stage musician when he got diverted by the quilt world. So he put his talents to good use, and entertains quilters with his music and story telling. And this time he was able to use the stage props to show a retrospective of all his quilts. We were able to have dinner one night and enjoyed talking about–what else? Dogs and quilts and life.
Fast forward through five days of walking, shopping, looking, eating, and more walking, and this was the beautiful place that they took us for dinner the last night, located at The Land Between the Lakes at a place called Patty’s Settlement.
Isn’t this the neatest way to use pots to show off a flower garden?
So Sunday we headed back to Nashville. There was supposed to be a tour of Nashville, and lunch at the Opryland Hotel before they dropped us off at the airport. I did not believe that they would have time to give us a tour. But sure enough they did!
This is supposed to be an exact replica of The Parthenon in Greece! It was massive.
Then they had this gigantic cement map of Tennessee, like a football field long! I found Nashville right away. But I had to wander around a while to find Knoxville.
We drove through Centennial Park, and came to this “perfect” view of the State Capital. That’s the bus driver goofing around. He was a really great asset on the tour. He was so helpful, and willing to go above and beyond, taking extra little side trips to help various people.
And a last view of the Opryland Hotel.
I always take a little handwork project with me on trips. Kind of like a security blanket. I actually had time to work on this quilt. It was something I had started quite a while ago, and then put aside. I was still thinking about my circles, and I decided to try putting some of them on top of this quilt. I really liked the way it added to the quilt.
So, y’all, that’s the end of my report. Kind of a boring report. But I’m so tired, and I have so much to do this week, I’m feeling a little frazzled. Plus, I am looking forward to chatting about regular life back at home. See you tomorrow!