Sunday, April 29, 2012

Paducah Quilt Show and Just Jennifer

This weekend I had the pleasure
of traveling
with my friend Margaret,
in Paducah KY.
I have no photos from the actual show
because there
were signs everywhere
warning…… “No Photos”.
I needed my hands free
to buy fabric,
look at buttons,
buy fabric, look at books,
buy fabric……
It was really hard to believe
how much fabric was
there to buy.
  Vendors with bolts,
upon bolts of fabric.
Warehouses full of fabric
and of course,
 Hancock’s of Paducah.
If there is a fabric made
I think they have it.
We arrived Friday
and decided to visit the vendors
in downtown Paducah first.
The first shop we entered
had the most fascinating booth.
There were beautiful heart pins
created from zippers,
wool pincushions and phone cases,
but the item that had
my attention was
a beautiful jacket created from soft
pink and beige fabrics.
  The artist ( Jennifer) came
over to see if she could
show us anything.
My friend Margaret,
wanted me to try on the jacket
and kept insisting I put it on.
  I knew it was
out of my price range.
I had only just arrived
for a weekend of shopping,
did I want to spend it all,
in the first shop?
“That jacket looks just like you,
you have to try it on”,
Margaret was saying.
So, of course
I slipped it on
SOFT, COMFY,
and all those other descriptions
of heaven came to mind.
But, the price!
  I am tight practical,
with my money
so, I reluctantly took it off.
I thanked Jennifer
for allowing me to try it on
and we left.
We visited more booths
filled with beautiful things,
but the jacket kept
creeping into my mind.
We shopped
until the stores closed
and  returned to our hotel.
The hotel had a special room set up for
us “quilters”, serving desserts and wine.
We had a nice evening
chatting and laughing
with birds of a feather,
the other quilters.
Margaret and I settled in,
with the idea of getting up
early to see everything
the quilt show had to offer.
Out went the lights,
but I could not go to sleep.
  I was thinking about that jacket!
  I got out my Nook
intending to read
myself to sleep.
Around 3:30 a.m.
I did an internet search
for Jennifer.
I found her site
and noticed she had a PATTERN
for her lovely jacket!
I would not have to wonder,
if I could live without it……
I could make my own!!!!
I went to sleep
with a new found peace
and with the thought
of being there when Jennifer arrived
the next morning. 
Jennifer not only had the pattern
she took the time to
talk me through the steps
that go into creating
Just Jennifer
She offered advice
on fabric selection
with unhurried detail.
I brought the pattern
to the cash register to pay.
“I am gifting you the pattern.” Jennifer said,
“ you are my first customer
of the day. You”re so excited about
making it, the pattern is my gift to you.”
I, of course, hugged her
and thanked her for
not only the pattern,
but for being so generous
with her knowledge.
  It is not often we meet
vendors that will take the time
to really help us.
How many will take the time
to offer helpful tips,
almost a mini class
in the pattern construction.
I am giving a shout out,
to thank Jennifer
for her gift of love,
in a way heART.
I hope you will visit her site
and see what she has to offer.
Thank you again, Jennifer.


I will document the
construction of my  jacket
in the coming days. 

Love to all,
Deb

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