One of the advantages of arriving before the crowd is the opportunity to spend more time enjoying what you really like. Apparently, this town of approximately 25,000 people will swell with an additional 50,000 visitors during the quilt festival from Wednesday to Saturday. I arrived in Paducah on Sunday evening. So Monday morning after participating in an early aqua-fitness class at the downtown pool, I was ready to start enjoying all the town has to offer.
Caryl Bryer Fallert’s studio was my Monday morning highlight. Because the crowds are not yet here, Caryl had time to spend with visitors, to chat and explain her work. She was warm and welcoming and encouraged us to tour her living quarters.
After asking Caryl about the process for designing her feathers, she took me upstairs to her private design studio and showed me a Corel Draw presentation on how she designed her feathers. Then she gave me a tour of her studio and showed me how she constructs her quilts, and some flimsies she has in progress for a 40 quilt exhibition she has promised for Houston later this year. All in all, this was a wonderful experience and I learned a lot from this studio visit.
Here are a few of the photos I took when touring Caryl’s home, attached to the studio.