Tuesday, June 30, 2009

PADUCAH QUILT MUSEUM


Leaving Land Between the Lakes area and driving northwest towards Paducah, Kentucky where they have The National Quilt Museum. This is not your grandmothers' quilts!! Artful, interesting, clever, and so amazing!!! We weren't allowed to take photos of the quilts inside - they were having a couple of shows including quilts from Asian countries and the winners of the yearly quilt competition from the last 25 years - wonderful examples of the creativity and the stamina (some were, indeed, hand-stitched and took years to make!).


Magnolia blossoms blooming right outside the front door...and stained glass "quilts" in the windows.













We were allowed to take a photo of a piece of a quilt that was carved out of basswood by an artist in Tampa, Florida. The little quilt piece is part of it and shows how it's made of wood...and the quilt on the wall (which even when you stood in front of it, looked "real," is the full carved piece. (I know the sign said to NOT take a photo of the quilt but just the quilt piece...and I didn't intend to until I was trying to get the quilt piece and words and saw that the full quilt was just in the frame, too...sooo.....)












5 comments:

Sandy Maudlin said...

Sure agree with you about the beauty of the quilts here. They are superb works of art with fabrics. Glad you liked it too.

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

I am right there with you! When I have seen these in the South I have been overwhelmed! They definitely are to be considered "fine art" in quilts. I liked the photos, before, of mimosa also! I loved those when we were in these parts two years ago..they were so light and feathery, but vivid, too! Nice photography.

RHCarpenter said...

Hi, Sandy! Hope your workshop is going well :)
Susan, good to hear from you, too! I feel like I've been out of the loop for weeks, not just days - will catch up this week, I'm sure but right now I have watercolor society to attend...
Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

debwardart said...

Thanks for the info on Paducah - have wanted to go there for a while - it definitely seems a worthwhile trip destination.

RHCarpenter said...

Deb, it's definitely worth the trip - just plan to drive down, stay overnight and view the gallery the next day and spend some time touring the area - lots of artist studios and galleries around. Check online for what's on the walls before going and plan accordingly :)