Thursday, October 29, 2015

Really Random Thursday, 10/29/15

What a week this has been. Several months ago, I received an email from the president of the Central Coast Quilters, Linda Kucera. She invited me to present a trunk show at their monthly guild meeting and teach a class the next day. First let me say that public speaking has always made me really nervous. But Linda was persuasive and Mark was encouraging, and I said yes.

I am SO glad I did. I put together a trunk show that included a power point presentation first showing a picture of my quilt inspiration, and then Mark held up the actual quilt (he was enormously helpful and supportive). I practiced the presentation a couple of times on my family, took their suggestions to heart and made a few changes.

So when the time came for the trunk show, I was actually relaxed and had a great time. I want to say that the women in that guild was so friendly and of course that helped calm my nerves.

You know how you meet someone and from the first time you form a friendship bond? That was how I felt about meeting Linda. Isn't she adorable in her pincushion outfit?
Class was so much fun. I taught my selvage spool quilt (you can see it in the background in the picture above), and again, the women in the class were so nice that they made the experience easy and so much fun. For some of them, sewing with selvages was a new experience. I think they had a good time. There might be some new converts to the world of selvage sewing!
Look how cute the front of this one-hour basket is:
Here are some of Linda's spool blocks:
A funny thing happened, funny because I'm usually the one with this kind of request. One of the woman in class had the coolest bag that she has quilters autograph. The autographs go back to at least 2001. Some absolute quilting legends have signed that bag--it is a treasure. Anyway she asked me (me!!!) to sign the bag. So for fun I decided to sign next to Alex Anderson, who had given me some valuable class teaching advice. Although I turned out to be somewhat spatially challenged. Seriously. Look at all the space to the left of my name. Oops...

I hope I get to sew with these women again. It was the best day!

If any other guilds are interested, I'd love to do it again.

You remember a couple of weeks ago when Mark was on TV when reffing a football game? Well, now he can add the newspaper coverage. His name isn't listed, but we all knew it was him right away:
And because it's only two days away, here is some Halloween randomness.

I now have all my UPS deliveries routed to a UPS store nearby. When I walked in last week to pick up a package, the guy at the counter was on the phone and I heard his part of the conversation: "I'm sorry ma'am. We are definitely open. It was only decoration." Which was confusing to me until I looked at their window on the way out:

Seen in Target:
And I did a little selvage sewing myself:

Have a safe and happy Halloween.

Boo.

9 comments:

  1. I'm so glad the presentation went so well. I knew you would do a fabulous job with it.

    I love the pin cushion costume. Wouldn't that be fun for Halloween? The selvage projects are all so cute too.

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  2. I loved hearing about your trunk show/class - good for you!!! And cool about signing the purse - that IS a treasure!

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  3. Congrats on stretching yourself for your trunk show. Do you have a picture of the whole bag that you signed to share with us?

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  4. Cindy absolutely deserves to have her name on that bag, she was a rock star! (And she signed in orange, of course!) Her trunk show was fun and inspiring, and I got to see/touch her quilts in person! And what a great time we had at the workshop. Cindy spent time visiting with everyone, she helped everyone with our myriad versions of the delightful spool quilt and other projects, and she is even more charming in person than she is here, on the blog. I'm so, so happy I can now call Cindy my friend in real life!

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  5. Good for you, Cindy! We knew you could do it! And now you're ready for the next one. It does make a difference to have someone (Mark!) there for moral support, doesn't it?! (it helped me immensely to have my mom help me at my craft fair)

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  6. I'm so proud of you Cindy. You did it!!! Extra cool to have your orange autograph on the hall of fame bag too. This might be the start of something . . .

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  7. Loved your presentation! Thanks for coming out to Arroyo Grande!

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  8. So glad the presentation and the teaching went so well--I knew you'd be a natural! Fun selvage sewing that you did, and what an honor to sign your name on that bag. Woohoo! to Mark--get those rule breakers! And Happy post-Halloween to you and yours--

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