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    Going to Paducah!!

    At Hancock's -- what do I look for -- looks overwhelming -- thinking about doing the Labyrinth quilt pattern

    ***What other sights to see

    ***Where to eat

    ***Where to stay

    Could be more questions!! Going at the end of July from Mid-Missouri.

    So excited -- husband asked me if I wanted to go -- 20th anniversary trip. I wanted to -- but thought it would be selfish of me to suggest going there -- but if he instigates it -- I'm on the bus!! Get there on the 28 and stay till Saturday or Sunday!!!!!

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    Hancock's is very focused on their online business. They have tons of fabric but honestly I didn't love it as a retail experience! It is laid out more for the convenience of filling online orders than for the convenience of walk in customers. I said to one of the manager folks that they needed better signs in the store and he said 95% of their business is online -- translation -- I don't care that customers can't find what they need in my store! I didn't get to try the other quilt shops but I did enjoy the museum.

    We stayed at the Drury, on the recommendation of a forum friend. It was about what you would expect & very close to Hancock's.

    Enjoy your trip.

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      If you don't mind driving 30-35 minutes for dinner, the restaurant at Patti's 1880s Settlement in Grand Rivers KY is a nice place to eat. This time of year you might need to make reservations in advance.
      *~* Myrna *~*
      *~* Quilters lead pieceful lives *~*

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        My experience in Hancocks was totally overwhelming. It is amazing by the sheer size. I went twice and couldn't settle my brain to buy anything but a blade for my rotary cutter and some white Kona cotton. Are you kidding?? How lame is that.
        As mentioned, it is not organized for walk ins but it really is something to see. You need to know exactly what you want. Don't try to find blues or reds or batiks etc cause the colours are everywhere- it seemed to be organized by designer, I'm not really sure. Don't miss it and who knows maybe you will find the perfect fabric. If you know what you want then you are probably golden as they seem to have everything.

        We also stayed at Drury's and it was just fine. Your dinner and breakfast are included in your nightly price. The meals are pretty basic but you won't be hungry. It is walking distance to Hancocks.

        The museum is a must see. You will love it.

        I went to the Eleanor Burns store as well but didn't find too much, the store was fairly small too. Not sure what I was expecting but I didn't buy anything there much either.

        My visit was on our way to Florida a couple of years ago (we took a detour). It was right after Quilt Week too so I think a lot of things were shopped out and out of stock, so in fairness other times of the year are probably better.

        You will enjoy your trip and have fun.
        Grandma Nan

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        "Some of the best memories are created in flip flops"

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          When you're at the museum, pay extra and take the guided tour. My guide was the curator and not only did she answer my questions, she told me things to look for after the tour ended. I wandered around for at least two hours after the tour, looking at the things she suggested. Be sure to allow lots of time there!

          Liz

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            Downtown is a great area for walking. Near the civic center are an antique store with lots of old quilts, Eleanor Burns and another fabric store that is old and well known, but I can't think of the name of it right now. The Eleanor Burns store gave me claustrophobia. Way too many people in there during quilt show week!
            Heading northeast, not too far on 24 you can visit Fort Massac, which is a reconstructed fort on the Ohio River. Very old and wonderful for history buffs.
            It is pre-Revolutionary war...
            Last edited by Snip Snip; June 13, 2016, 06:35 AM.

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              As Myrna said..you should try to go to Patti's 1880 Settlement. Inch thick pork chops are spectacular,as is everything there, and their mile high pies are amazing. Many cute shops to look at there as well, without walking your legs off. Our Rhonda Free from the forum lives near there, and I am sure is full of many ideas. The quilt museum is also a must.
              Blankets wrap you in warmth, quilts wrap you in love

              Marilyn......
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                Our Rhonda Free from the forum lives near there, and I am sure is full of many ideas. The quilt museum is also a must.

                Yes the quilt museum is a must. Paducah is a pretty interesting town. Downtown by the riverfront is pretty cool. Doe's eat place , Shandies or Kirchoffs Deli and Bakery are all pretty awesome. Pretty pricey but worth it. There are several other restaurants downtown that are 4 out of 5 stars so you won't be disappointed whatever you decide. Patties is great to but again very pricey. I have the recipe for their famous 1 inch porkchop if anyone is interested. I have made them several times and they are exactly like theirs. DELICIOUS!!
                Quilt in a day is there and of course Hancocks near Drury Inn is very overwhelming. I agree with the other comments sometimes I can get help with what I am looking for but other times they can be rude and disconcerning. I wasn't aware that 95% of their sales are online. Their attitude makes since to me then.
                Not sure where to tell you to stay as I live within a 30 minute drive from there. There is a couple quilt shops closer to me that I just love. Hookers and strippers(odds and ends?) in Benton and Murray Sewing Center.. Also Backyard Fabrics on 421 state route 493 Mayfield Ky.(LOVE LOVE LOVE ) this shop. It would be worth the trip to go to.
                Have a great time and enjoy. Happy early anniversary to you !

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                  I agree with all of the comments above. Do not miss the museum. I go every year during quilt week and the exhibits are always changing. The restaurant I always stop in is downtown and not at all fancy. We usually stop in for lunch at The Gold Rush. I don't even bother going into Hancocks. It is much easier to shop on line. Of course, if you haven't been, it's worth checking it out. I know there are lots of people who wouldn't dream of going to Paducah without a trip to that store.

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                    I loved Hancock's, the fabric was arranged by manufacturer so if you know what you want it is pretty easy to find. I don't usually have any trouble finding something to buy anywhere I go.
                    If you like "antique" stores, there seemed to be several that I would have loved to peruse.
                    The museum is wonderful, my DH liked it, too.

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