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The Kentiucky State line.

I awoke at 7:30 this morning and figured that Judy would already be up, showered, dressed, and tapping her toe waiting for me to pack the car and get on the road for her Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky.  She was still asleep!  But it didn’t take her long to awaken to my noises and we were pretty well ready to go in short period.  Down to a cold breakfast at the hotel, packed the car, checked out and on the road.

We had about 90 miles to go to get to Paducah, including crossing the State line into Kentucky.  Judy got a few shots of the landscape as well as a shot of the sign, both at the border and a mile away at the Welcome Center, where we stopped for a few minutes to stretch and get more brochures.

Over the bridge, and into Paducah and past a couple of other stops so she could get to the American Quilters Museum.  There is a small admission fee to go in and spend as much time as you like drooling at some of the most amazing quilts that have been made over the last 200 years.  And of course, the newer the quilt, the more amazing the colors, designs, and stitch work you will find.  In the old days, a quilt was made to use, but today the quilts here are made strictly for show, and many are made as hanging style rather than for a bed or cover piece.  The sizes also range from very small, single whole pieces of only about 12" or 14" square or rectangular to quite large, big enough to cover a king sized bed.  Two of the quilts there were for sale, and both stated that the proceeds of the sale would go entirely to a specified charity.

One of several stained glass windows at the Quilters Museum.
  The sale price was $100,000.00 for each one.  Both of these were amazingly well done, with the most intricate needlework, designs, colors, threads, workmanship you can imagine.  No, come to think of it, you probably couldn’t imagine it.  And of course, no cameras were allowed in the museum because the museum does not have copyrights on the quilts.  And I felt bad when I went in that I couldn’t get any pictures, but after looking at the quilts up close, and I do mean close, I realized that the pictures would not do justice to the quilt.  You just cannot capture the detail.  They did allow pictures in the entry and of the stained glass windows used in the building, which were designed to copy some previous quilt winners.  My wife also spent a little while in the gift and souvenir shop and I even tried on a single piece, hand made wooden cowboy hat, which came so close to fitting that I nearly paid the $699 price tag to buy it.

From there we took many pictures of the murals that decorate the water front wall. We didn’t get all fifty but a nice percentage.

The railroad museum seemed to be closed today, or was at least closed for lunch so we got a couple of pictures of the nice old Mikado Steam locomotive and the two cars behind her on the track, a baggage car and caboose.

jethanad says:
:) it is because of you, I have seen so much more - thanks Roger
Posted on: Jun 03, 2012
schochon says:
Every time I drive through Paducah, I try and think of words that rhymne with Paducah for the next hundred miles. So far I've driven through there a couple dozen times and only came up with one word.....scott
Posted on: Aug 03, 2008
eurowestgirl says:
I'm glad you got a pic of the state welcome sign--I missed it this afternoon as a tractor trailer was in the way. :0)
Posted on: Jul 24, 2008
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The Kentiucky State line.
The Kentiucky State line.
One of several stained glass windo…
One of several stained glass wind…
Created from winning quilt designs…
Created from winning quilt design…
This Iris one was my favorite.
This Iris one was my favorite.
Does the grass look more blue?
Does the grass look more blue?
This old barn look nice sitting ou…
This old barn look nice sitting o…
Looking ahead at another bridge to…
Looking ahead at another bridge t…
Two, side by side.
Two, side by side.
The Water tower in Paducah, Kentuc…
The Water tower in Paducah, Kentu…
Old town Paducah
Old town Paducah
Just inside the quilters museum lo…
Just inside the quilters museum l…
Judy at the front door
Judy at the front door
One of several stained glass windo…
One of several stained glass wind…
Another satined glass window.
Another satined glass window.
Another satined glass window.
Another satined glass window.
Another satined glass window.
Another satined glass window.
Another satined glass window.
Another satined glass window.
Another satined glass window.
Another satined glass window.
Hard to imagine that some could ma…
Hard to imagine that some could m…
This was a piece of wood, shaped a…
This was a piece of wood, shaped …
They did not allow pictures of the…
They did not allow pictures of th…
This told about the wooden quilt, …
This told about the wooden quilt,…
A special historical type marker o…
A special historical type marker …
In the gift shop of the qult museu…
In the gift shop of the qult muse…
They even had a picture of Preside…
They even had a picture of Presid…
I tried it on and it fit very well…
I tried it on and it fit very wel…
A nice Lewis and Clark memorial wa…
A nice Lewis and Clark memorial w…
This Iron Horse Memorial in Paduca…
This Iron Horse Memorial in Paduc…
Along with the train behind it.
Along with the train behind it.
Paducah also has about fifty mural…
Paducah also has about fifty mura…
We didnt get all of them, but a g…
We didn't get all of them, but a …
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Colorful murals of historic Western Kentucky
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