Monday, May 05, 2014
As I've been quilting for some time now, how could I pass up a visit to the National Quilt Museum in Paducah KY? As the museum opened at 10 we spent the first hour in Paducah walking around the river front. The murals were excellent with a slice of time in the history of Paducah. It was a short walk and quite enjoyable. At the end of the murals was a steam engine which my husband took a ton of pictures of. We then meandered our way over to the museum as it was just about to open.
Our hotel gave us $1 coupons so admission charge was $10 each. Unfortunately no photos were allowed to be taken in the museum only the lobby. The lobby had a number of stained glass windows on display and in the back room was a wood carving of a quilt. Now having done wood carving I was very impressed with this as well. It was quite beautiful and very realistic. Of course no photos were allowed of this as well.
Enter the museum. My initial thought was it was smaller than I expected. It is divided into 3.5 sections. The main section which housed award winning quilts, a smaller section to the side which housed miniature quilts and 2 sections on each side which were changed every 3 months.
The center section by far the best. The quilts there were stunning and intricate. They had a quilt of all the Beatles songs, a quilt of the Hobbit, and another of the Lord of the Rings. They were so varied and by far the best I've ever seen. But not many quilts as my husband said if felt like a Quilt show as opposed to a museum.
To the left was Carolina Lily was the theme - mainly traditional quilts all with the theme of the Lily. To the right was Distortion theme. I am not one for modern art and for the most part these were quilts with a modern art. Although well done, I didn't care for the art of these as much as the center ones.
In total I'm glad we went to the museum - not at all what I expected. Truth be told I found the town of Paducah of more interest then the museum itself.