Paducah, KY is a round trip of 2660 miles, give or take a tenth:
Place a "2" in front of that odometer at the top, and you'll get our total trip distance, 2,660 miles or so. That amounts to about 42 hours of travel time which includes all the stops for gas, rest areas, food, etc.
Here are the children at the Kentucky Welcome Center:
They were excited to see all the green grass and plants at all the places we stopped, starting in Pennsylvania. They had a great time running around the picnic areas in the grass burning off extra energy. We are just starting to see green leaves on the trees here, so all the foliage was an exciting sight!
The AQS show itself was a great experience as always. The people who organize and run the events for the week do a tremendous job. The quilt show draws about 45,000 visitors (give or take a few) to the Paducah, KY area, so it is a very big deal. The fashion show is just a small part of the whole week's events. The children were excited to see mom on the stage and were even more excited to see what I won:
I won a first place in the professional division this year. Sadly, this is the only picture I have and was taken very late in the day! These events are very busy and between runway practice and then helping others get ready and getting ready myself, doing the show and then the professional photo shoot afterwards, there wasn't much time for pictures. Part of the problem of course, is getting permission to post photos of others and their work, especially if they are not at the event!
I have put together a short list of a few of the professional contestants and judges and links to their websites for you to check out so that you can see their work. Many of them do not have websites or blogs where their work is digitally organized, but here are a few that I found:
Vince Quevedo - Vinci Designs
Rachel D.K. Clark
Parting Shot: Guess what I got? I finally got one of the coveted Advance Import patterns, designed by Batilocchi of Rome! Of course, it is a bust size 28, but with all those seams, I think I can size it up a bit! I do have big plans for this one, but they will have to wait a while. Tomorrow I will take you inside the envelope of this pattern!