A little history of the Kirchhoff Building

Welcome to the Kirchhoff building! We bought the building in 2022, after visiting Paducah for Quilt Week and seeing the building for sale. Having run our business out of our house for 12 years, we decided it was time to put down some roots and have a more dedicated space for the business. It’s been Cheryl’s dream to have an old building with a shop on the bottom and an apartment above, and this is just one step closer to that dream.

The Kirchhoff building was built around 1899 by the prominent Kirchhoff family, who still run their fifth generation bakery in downtown Paducah. The building was given or sold to a family friend. This building has never housed a residence. It’s always only been businesses on it’s three floors.

We know that the building housed barbers, a presser, and a cafe through the 1930s. At some point, a small fire happened on the third floor in the cafe, and that floor was closed off and never used again. For that reason, it still looks as it did in the early 1900’s including a hidden room that we know was used for gambling and possibly a speakeasy.

The other two floors still operated as a barbers, a loan company, a division of Owens Cleaners (still operating in town) and much more! It was last an attorney’s office, before becoming our headquarters for our company. The building was empty for three years before we bought it.

We love our little slice of Paducah, and can’t wait to tell you more about our building as we do our renovations.

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What’s going on in Paducah for Quilt Week 2024?

These are my MUST SEE things to do downtown!

Downtown Paducah:

Besides seeing us and everything we have going on, here’s what You can’t miss downtown in Paducah!

Downtown Paducah is doing “Tour de Quilts” with downtown window displays.

We are also doing a self guided walking tour with placards around town covering the history of Paducah and Quilting.

Guests at the local hotels will get keepsake door hangers reminding them to visit downtown Paducah.

Our favorite downtown stores like Tuscan Rose, Artist Endeavors, World of Crafting, Curiosities, Wild Hair Rock Shop, and Messy Cat Creations!

Lowertown:

Be sure to visit the Paper Pieces Pop up and the worlds largest sewing needle next door!

Also visit Cherrywood Fabrics at Pinecone Gallery.

FOOD:

We love Kirchhoffs (yes the same family that bought our building), Broussards, Over/Under, Big Eds, and Max’s Brick Oven. We love Etcetera for coffee! If you can, get your reservation in for the Freight House, our local Top Chef chef celebrity Sarah Bradley. Outside downtown you can find every chain imaginable.

Quilts to see:

We have a gallery of quilts to see in our shop. And of course you’re here for the main quilt show at the Convention Center by the American Quilters Society. Of course you need to visit the National Quilt Museum, The Yeiser Art Center, Paducah City Hall, and the McCracken County Library, as they all have quilt displays to see as well. There’s a show of quilts at Carson Park as well.

Things to do:

If you are into Antiques, we recommend The Shed and Anything Goes. For a fun evening out, we love to book The Pour Room to make your own room sprays and candles. We also love walking along the riverfront for the Wall to Wall Flood Murals.

We know that’s a lot to do, but that’s why we are Quilt City USA! You NEED to come to Paducah and see it for yourself!

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Quilt Week 2024!

Can you believe Quilt Week is here?? Here’s what’s going on for Muppin’s Sewing Emporium!

Come see Paducah’s Unique Quilt Boutique! We are open from Sunday April 21 to Sunday April 28th from 9 am to 9 pm every day except Tuesday April 23rd (when we will be open from 9 am to 7 pm).

Come meet Maddie Kertay of the Bad Ass Quilter’s Society on Friday April 26th from 12 pm to 2 pm! Maddie will be here with exclusive stickers and would LOVE to meet up with fellow BAQS fans! Come see Maddie and shop a selection of her stickers.

All new brands and exclusives for Quilt Week! We are proud to welcome ByAnnie’s patterns and trunkshow to our shop this year for Quilt Week. We are also bringing in Bad Ass Quilter’s Society stickers and Crinkle Dreams Patterns (including the Elemental Coat trunk show). We are also featuring a small selection of Quilter’s Select rulers and new Stitch n Glide slider mat which you can demo instore. Come see new things from Muppin’s as well!

We will have our quilt gallery up again this year. Come see Cheryl’s full Kirby Krackle series of quilts, including the one that appeared on Quilting Arts and the cover of the magazine!

If that’s not all, we are fully stocked on all your favorite notions, patterns, books and more! Everything is out and ready for you to shop from.

Click here to see what is going on in town while you are here!

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The Skull In Art

Three Skulls by Paul Cézanne, 1902–1906 (The Art Institute of Chicago).

I am often asked “Why the Skulls?” It’s not what you think!

Skull imagery has long held a prominent place in both religious and fine art, serving as a potent symbol rich in meaning and metaphor. From the memento mori motifs of Renaissance paintings to the religious iconography of vanitas symbolism, skulls have been used to convey themes of mortality, vanity, and the transient nature of life. Their presence in art transcends time and culture, offering a powerful reminder of the human condition and the inevitability of death.

In religious art, the skull often carries profound significance, representing mortality and the passage of time. In Christian iconography, skulls are frequently depicted alongside saints and martyrs, serving as reminders of their earthly demise and eventual triumph over death through faith. The skull of Adam, known as the “Golgotha Skull,” is a recurring motif in Christian art, symbolizing humanity’s fall from grace and the redemption offered through Christ’s sacrifice.

Similarly, in Hinduism and Buddhism, skull imagery is prevalent, often associated with concepts of impermanence and the cycle of life and death. In Tibetan Buddhist thangka paintings, for example, wrathful deities are depicted wearing garlands of severed heads, symbolizing their transcendence over death and ego. The kapala, or skull cup, is also a powerful symbol in Tibetan Buddhist rituals, representing the transformation of the mind and the attainment of enlightenment.

In addition to its religious connotations, skull imagery has also been utilized in fine art as a symbol of vanitas, or the transience of earthly pleasures. Originating in the Dutch Golden Age, vanitas paintings often feature elaborate still lifes composed of symbolic objects, including skulls, hourglasses, and wilting flowers. These works serve as reminders of the fleeting nature of life and the inevitability of death, urging viewers to contemplate the true meaning of existence.

One of the most famous examples of vanitas symbolism is Hans Holbein the Younger’s “The Ambassadors,” painted in 1533. In this masterpiece, a meticulously rendered skull lies distorted at the bottom of the canvas, viewable only at the right angle, its presence subtly foreshadowing the mortality of the two aristocratic subjects. The inclusion of the skull serves as a sobering reminder of the ephemeral nature of worldly pursuits and the ultimate futility of human ambition.

Similarly, the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) embraces skull imagery as a celebration of life and death. During this annual festival, intricately decorated sugar skulls are created as offerings to honor deceased loved ones, symbolizing the cyclical nature of life and the enduring connection between the living and the dead. These vibrant symbols of remembrance serve as joyful reminders of the impermanence of life and the importance of cherishing every moment.

In contemporary art, skull imagery continues to captivate and intrigue, serving as a potent symbol of rebellion, mortality, and the human condition. Artists such as Damien Hirst and Jean-Michel Basquiat have incorporated skull motifs into their work, exploring themes of life, death, and existential angst. Hirst’s iconic diamond-encrusted skull sculpture, “For the Love of God,” provocatively blurs the line between art and commerce, challenging viewers to confront their own mortality in a culture obsessed with material wealth and status.

Skull imagery occupies a unique and multifaceted role in both religious and fine art, serving as a powerful symbol of mortality, vanity, and the transient nature of life. Whether depicted in religious iconography, vanitas symbolism, or contemporary art, skulls continue to captivate and provoke, inviting viewers to contemplate the mysteries of existence and the inevitability of death.

As quilters, we often want our work to outlast us, as a legacy and remembrance that we were here. Our works serve as a memento of our life and art. I could think of no better image to convey that than the skull, which it has represented for so many centuries.

Links: https://blogs.getty.edu/iris/how-the-skull-is-an-ally-in-art/

https://www.catholic.com/qa/why-skulls-are-depicted-in-catholic-artwork

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_skull_symbolism

https://epigram.org.uk/the-symbolism-of-the-skull-in-art/

https://artuk.org/discover/stories/holding-skulls-handling-death-in-art

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Reserve your SPACE at the Spaced Out Quilt Retreat in Cape Canaveral FL in 2025!

Join us on Jan 30-Feb 2 2025 in Cape Canaveral FL for four days of NASA/Space themed fun!

The art quilters are taking over the Space Coast for four days, you shouldn’t miss the experience! We have three properties from Cocoa Beach to Cape Canaveral, and everyone will have their own bed or upgraded pull out soda. These charming bungalows are perfect for traveling Quilty friends, or for making new ones. You can check out the different facilities at www.cocosands.com

It does not matter where you sleep! Events will be at the Cape Canaveral and The Cocoa Beach facilities. Units will be assigned in the order there come in, with the beachside units going first. 

Visit dyehardssstudio.com see the entire schedule and to sign up! Hurry, because these are really going FAST!

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