No trip to Paducah would be complete without stopping by at Hancock’s of Paducah. Many of you may have ordered on-line from this massive quilting store, so here is a little pictorial tour of the bricks and mortar. The store is located at 3841 Hinkleville Road. It is close to Interstate 24 and only a couple of blocks from the Drury Inn where I stayed. From the outside, it looks like an industrial warehouse with a rough and dusty parking lot, but inside this cavernous space there is a treasure trove of bolts and bolts of fabric.
It can be a little overwhelming – where do you start? You should probably allow at least an hour to look and it’s practically impossible to come away empty handed. The prices are very reasonable and of course, the choices are many. During Quilt Week, they extend their hours and increase their staff to cope with the thousands of quilters who come through, but unless you go in there as soon as they open in the morning, you’re likely to have quite a wait to have your fabric cut and another wait to pay for it.
During QuiltWeek, they open up part of their warehouse in the back. Here they have huge bins with flat cuts of fabric and quilting kits at reduced prices. It’s always busy back there with bargain-seeking fabricoholics. Of course, I succumbed when I found a piece I just had to have!
This is sensory overload, to add to the already extreme visual stimulation from the National Quilt Museum, the AQS show and more to be found in Paducah during QuiltWeek!