Published on October 27, 2021 at 9:18:00 AM PDT October 27, 2021 at 9:18:00 AM PDTth, October 27, 2021 at 9:18:00 AM PDT
I was surfing Google for other old pictures of Hancock’s of Paducah, and of course, lots of folks from the quilting community visited us and blogged about it! Here are just a few of the blog posts I found.
(These are all external links to other people’s blogs about visiting Paducah and Hancock’s of Paducah. I've reached out to the bloggers for permission to use their photo and quote, but some of these blogs are more than 10 years old and I couldn't get in touch with anyone. Each photo is from the corresponding blog post, and copyright of the blog's author.)
“First stop: Hancock's of Paducah! A fabric and notions Mecca. It was everything I had hoped it would be! The fabric was arranged in a way I'd never seen before. Not by color, or theme, but by manufacturer. As far as the eye could see across the entire store were bolts of fabric standing at attention under signs announcing: "Moda", "Hoffman", "Alexander Henry" and so on.”
“Or, perhaps it should be called Mecca for Quilters! Although I had been to Paducah many times, I had never before crossed the threshold of one of the largest quilt shops anywhere, Hancock’s of Paducah. Hancock’s certainly lived up to my expectations and more! In fact, it was completely overwhelming. All the fabrics are arranged by manufacturers in LOOOOOONNNNNNG rows. Everything you could possibly want is here.”
“We started out first thing Saturday morning by going to Hancock’s of Paducah. Now this isn’t the fabric chain of stores called Hancock’s Fabrics that you are all used to. They share the same name, but the Hancock’s Fabrics I go to is the Largest Quilt Store in America... it’s in Paducah, KY and it’s a one of a kind store. It has over 60,000 square feet of shopping space and it packed to the gills with every kind of fabric.”
“Row after row of fabric, all grouped by manufacturer, for what seemed like miles, quilters with their shopping buggies piled high with colorful bolts. Cutting tables with multiple cutting stations, and check out counters that would shame any grocery chain in their speed in ringing up the mountains of purchases ~ the entire place was like watching a well oiled machine, expertly organized despite the feeding frenzy atmosphere."
“First stop was this MEGA fabric shop about 10 minutes from downtown. You certainly can’t miss Paducah’s—the entry sign is enormous and is certainly in proportion to the size of the building and selection!”
“I have enjoyed buying fabric online from Hancocks of Paducah for years. It was exciting for me to actually visit their warehouse home… My eyes finally started to get a happy overload when we went into the second warehouse. It was filled with precuts and more precuts.”