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
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,


vicki said...

Deb- the quilt show sounds do wonderful-- I hate that they don't allow photos though-- that's just wrong!! The jacket truly is lovely- you will enjoy making it-- and it must have been fate for you to buy that pattern- congrats on that score!!

I'm just back from travels you know-- and already knee deep working on "our" project!!


deanna7trees said...

can't wait to see your version. nice story.

ShirleyC said...

You lucky dog! Just to get to go to the quilt show and shop in Paducah, and then to get such special attention!
Can't wait to see it!

Whytefeather said...

Sounds like a wonderful time and how perfect that she was so helpful with the pattern let alone the gift of the pattern too! Looks like a great jacket, so can't wait to see how you make it!

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Deb. Sad to hear that they do not allow photos anymore. They used too. I love your new jacket pattern I look forward to seeing your create your own. Hugs Judy

Theresa said...

Oh what a sweet ending to your story! It sure sounds like you had a wonderful time and got the pattern for your dream jacket:) Have a blessed evening dear friend, HUGS!

Judy said...

Where there's a will, there's a way!! And you figured it out even though some sleep was lost before the solution hit you! I look forward to seeing your progress with the jacket and I bet you are already in the middle of doing it this morning...
Glad you had a good trip to Paducah-- and I bet your wallet is a lot thinner today!!

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Cute jacket Deb. It was apparently your lucky day. The pressure is now on to get it done so we can all see it ~ lol

Bonnie B - The Quilting Tangler said...

The only place that I am aware of that does not allow photos at our Paducah show is the National Quilt museum. You can take photos of quilts for your own personal use of the contest quilts and special exhibits at AQS venues. Our photo policy is always published on our show websites.
Bonnie Browning, AQS Show Director

Kim B said...

Thinking of you! That sounds like a wonderful trip! Exciting and my kind of shopping. Hope you are doing well. I cant wait to see your latest project. Have a wonderful week, Hugs, Kim

Jillayne said...

What a wonderful story Deb! Isn't it great when we meet someone that caring and understanding? How special for both you and her to be able to share a moment like that. People are truly amazing!

JennyPennyPoppy said...

What a lovely story and a delight to read! Very nice to hear about the goodness and generosity of someone you had just met. Looking forward to seeing future posts on your jacket.

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