Wow… Just Wow.

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.

“Dear Sue,

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.

CJ Tinkle

This Post Has 16 Comments

  1. Eunice

    Oh CJ that is absolutely horrible. I’m really p/o and it wasn’t even my work. But you my friend are so unique and handles it a whole lot better then most of would . Wow… So many words that don’t care say. Hugs my friend.

    1. tinksquared

      Thanks Eunice. I’m not sure I handled it very well. It really isn’t about me. But I’m only human.

  2. Anne Carpenter

    Wonder what happened? Please let us know after you receive a response. Someone screwed up, it appears.

  3. Susan L Alvey

    🙁 What a royal bummer!!! I would have thought the same thing, that the quilts that would be on display would be the quilts that were chosen for the book. And why did QOVF not notify everyone who had entered/won….but, then maybe they knew. I would think that they (QOVF) would want to give all the encouragement possible to anyone who makes/quilts the QOV’s. I’m sorry this happened to you but I am glad you liked the town and it gave you some joy to be there.

    1. tinksquared

      I’m wondering why they didn’t notify anyone either. Sadly disappointed in the QOVF, but Paducah warrants another trip, it was really beautiful.

  4. Chris P

    CJ, I am so sorry this was the result of your long trip and the excitement I think we all shared with you when you received your invitation. I lay this squarely at the feet of the QoVF. One for not notifying those who quilts were selected to represent their respective states and two for not specifically stating that the museum may in fact choose a “different quilt than pictured in the book” when sending the invite. While I applaud what the foundation was founded to do, I find personally that they may have gotten a little too full of themselves and lost the fact it is supposed to be about recognizing Veterans.

    1. tinksquared

      Thank you Chris. It was almost too embarrassing to share, except that I knew everyone shared this excitement with me. And still, where the the heck is the quilt I made?

  5. Clarice Grace

    Thanks for sharing. I am embarrassed for QOVF. I hope they have the courage to respond. I guess they have a lot of “volunteers” but that does not excuse not displaying YOUR quilt. What happened to it? So discouraging.

    1. tinksquared

      I don’t know if they’ll respond or not Clarice. They should if nothing else, be able to tell me what happened to the quilt.

  6. vicki reno

    My guild in the mountains of North Carolina decided long ago to keepour quilt local, the three county area that the members are from. I know itmusthave been a huge let down and really feel your pain.

    1. tinksquared

      We weren’t given that choice when we submitted quilts to be considered for the book. The QOVF had us sign waivers allowing them to basically do whatever with the quilts, but that they would eventually be awarded to a veteran. As for my local chapter, the girls that run it are great and they do keep all of our quilts within the community.

  7. Chris Miller

    Oh, I can’t even imagine! This makes me so sad for you. And mad along with you! What a strange happening. I guess that as long as a veteran receives you quilt, your ultimate goal will be reached. but this does not give me much respect for whoever was in charge of this showing.

    1. tinksquared

      But will a veteran recieve my quilt? It appears to be missing!

  8. Linda in NE

    Well, what a kick in the pants! Guess they never expected you to show up to see it. I make QOV quilts but don’t deal with the official QOV organization. From reading their requirements they just seem too picky. I send my quilts to a woman in Colorado who has her own organization that gets quilt to veterans. She has some guidelines but isn’t overly picky.

    1. tinksquared

      Well since they didn’t bother letting the 50 quilters that had their quilts selected for the book even know about the exhibition, I guess they figured any quilt would do.

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