Epic Paducah Fail
First of all, let me just say I absolutely adored the town of Paducah Kentucky. I would move there in a heartbeat! It ticked off all of my “wants” in the perfect town to live in.
Quaint, historic, a Rivertown, touristy, artsy, a college, plenty of shopping, a quilt store, a yarn shop, some terrific restaurants, at least 4 museums, and beautiful to boot.
My mom and I enjoyed the drive up there, which took right at six hours, spent less than thirty minutes at the National Quilt Museum, and then had a wonderful time exploring the historic district and shops, where we got turned around and had to find help making our way back to my car! Oops.
Thirty minutes at the quilt museum? Yep. To make a long story short, I’m just going to paste a copy of the email I sent to Sue Reich, president of the Quilts of Valor foundation. I was so upset I had no desire to stay.
My local chapter in Arkansas sent me an invitation to the award ceremony in Paducah in January, as I designed, sewed, quilted and bound the quilt that was selected for my state, and is in the book, “A 50 State Salute”. My understanding that one quilt was chosen for each state. My local group and I were quite excited to discover that the exhibit was on display in the Paducah National Quilt Museum.. My first disappointment was that the QOVF didn’t notify the 50 quilters of the selected quilts about this event.
At the encouragement of my local chapter, family and friends, I made the drive to Paducah yesterday with my 80 year old mother, who was extremely excited to see my quilt at the museum. I did call ahead of time, to make sure the state of Arkansas was on display, as I realized it might not be possible to showcase all of the quilts.
Imagine my shock and dismay to see that place of honor had been given to another quilt from Arkansas, which was not chosen to represent our state in the book, on which the exhibit was about.”
I am probably being churlish about this, as the exhibition is about honoring our veterans, not the quilters, but it was an overwhelming let down and rather humiliating to have everyone be so excited for me, only to find out that my quilt was not after all, on display at the museum. Also, the museum had no idea where my quilt was!
Since the exhibit shares the title of the book, “A 50 State Salute” I felt like the quilts on display should have been the same as the quilts in the book. Yep, shame on me. But this is not my first disappointing experience with the foundation.