Fabric sales surge during QuiltWeek

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Reporter - Elizabeth Fields
Photojournalist - Mason Watkins

PADUCAH, Ky. - Although Wednesday was the first full day of the AQS QuiltWeek, many fabric shops started seeing their sales surge on Monday.

Justin Hancock or Handcock's of Paducah told WPSD his staff started preparing in October. He said they have to make sure they have everything in stock for their busiest week of the year.

"It's a really good week," Hancock said. He added that not only is it good for the bottom line, it's a good chance for him and his employees to catch up with quilters who come every year.

"We see customers from all over the country, and all over the world," he said.

Dewey Cabe is one of those customers. He owns a quilt production company in New York, NY and said Hancock's is always his first stop in town. It's like a Mecca for quilters," he said. "New color direction comes out of this show, so they're almost a trend setter for quilt people, I think."

He bought five rolls of fabric and three cart-loads and said he'll probably be back after he goes to the show on Thursday.

Other quilters have smaller budgets in mind as they browse the bolts, but Hancock said he is thankful for every customer who picks his store.

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