Thursday, May 22, 2008

Thanks To The Evergreen Quilter For The Opportunity To Share Some of My Work WithTheir Wonderful Group!

I like her smile - and her question!
It was so much fun to hand out the door prizes!

I had the very good to have been invited to speak to the Evergreen Quilters in Bellingham, Washingtonon Tuesday. What a lovely, welcoming group of women they are! I have to admit to a certain amount of nervousness going into this lecture - I have done some small classes - but have never done a lecture about me and my work - my journey more or less. I brought along many quilts (both traditional & art) ,my quilting memory book (1989 to present), lots of information about my favorite thread purveyors (Superior & Wonderfil), bookmarks from Meg Cox (of Quilter's Catalog fame), inspiring cards from Virgina Spiegel,brochures for the APNQ show this summer and, thanks to SAQA, lovely door prizes (I also added one of my beaded Spirit Dolls as a door prize). There were about 35-40 folks who filled a welcoming room. I had to use a microphone for the first time - Yikes ! - the good thing is that it worked very well - with no odd noises to sting the ears! I was gratified to be able to answer some questions (it's always not a great sign when no one wants to ask you anything I think!). I was so pleasantly surprised that this was a fun experience - hopefully mutually fun! I spoke from 10:10 to 11:40. Who knew I could talk that long?!

I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Lauren - who put me up for the evening, came along to the lecture for moral support, took more than 200 photos & packed up my car for me! She was really sweet to stay with me the whole time - I wouldn't let her leave early! Sorry L - and more thanks than you know for being there for me - as you always are. We all must have one person in the world from whom there are no secrets and that always has your back - someone who sometimes knows you better than you know yourself!
People began to arrive at 9:30 am
One of my super traditional quilts made with vintage fabrics. Some of these butterflies were made when I got them, but there were not enough to make the quilt. I used some of my stash of vintage fabrics and made the balance needed and I am happy to be able to say that I am not sure which are which any more !
Looking at one of my small journal quilts

7 comments:

Vicki W said...

What fun!!

Rayna said...

Marie, I'm sure the lecture was great! Love that vintage quilt - isn't it amazing how the journey starts with tradition and ends with art? I am sure the audience loved seeing where you began.

Laura said...

Congratulations to you - it looks and sounds like a great success! You have such a wealth of knowledge, I'm so glad you got to share it!

Karoda said...

Very groovy!! The word will spread and I bet there will be more invites to lecture in your future!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

congratulations!! sounds wonderful wish I was there!!! I'm so impressed with all you took! how organized you are to have a quilting memory book reaching all the way back to 1989...

and wow... 1 1/2 hours! but I bet it flew by and you could have gone on longer as passion does make the time and words fly....

I love bellingham! pepper sisters, chat noi, and the wonderful bookstore/cafe in fairhaven...and that great park along the water! my em lived there 3 years....

Exuberant Color said...

I'm glad it went well for you. It sounds like it was a great group to speak to.

Patty said...

I was there and enjoyed your visit with our group. Your "lecture" was more like a conversation with old friends - warm and friendly. I felt like I could have hung out with you all day. Your passion is contagious.
Great job!!

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