My quilt Show and Tell (and Tips) went well, last Thursday night. I packed up the car with bag after bag of quilts, and we headed off to have dinner with My-Sister-The-Nurse. She was standing in for Second-Sister, who was in the hospital with pneumonia. SS will be okay, but she needs some time to heal, and is basically on house arrest this week.
When we arrived I learned that I had a maximum of two hours to fill, but that was the absolute limit. I knew that I could easily fill up 120 minutes. I was more worried that I had too much to share! I started with the tips so I could show how some of them appear in my own quilts. My mouth was on overdrive, because I knew it would be a race to show everything, but the ladies soaked it all up.
When I packed, I took one more group of things than I had originally planned, and it turned out it was a good choice. My-Sister-The-Nurse made a quilt with our hand prints over 25 years ago. I've wanted to make a current genealogy quilt ever since, and I've blogged about the batik version I've started. I took the run of fabrics for that quilt, and several of the completed hand prints, and the quilt my sister made. There's also a signature quilt that I made for mother more than ten years ago. I didn't have the time to search for it, or I would have taken that, too.
I substituted the hand print quilts for the wall hanging tops I made last summer with fabric Cop Car gave me, and fabric that I gave to Cop Car, and the ladies were very interested.
It was a VERY long day for Elegante Mother. She was quite tired by the time we came home. I think we pulled into the garage around 10:30 or so, and she announced she had no plans to go to exercise the next morning, thank you very much.
My-Sister-The-Nurse called on Friday and asked if I would do a similar show for her church. It seems that my family will keep me busy for a while.
For those of you who were waiting for pictures, I'm sorry to tell you that you will have to wait a bit longer. The room was set up in a way that wasn't conducive to good photos. At best you might have seen a closeup of the quilts. Many of the quilts are so large that there wasn't enough room to back up and get the entire quilt in one picture. Do you know how HEAVY some of those quilts are? An hour into the show I was perspiring from hefting them around! I was just as happy that the quilts and I weren't being photographed.
Although all but one of the hanging quilts is back in place, I have to unpack all the rest tomorrow. If there's sunlight, I'll try to photograph some of them on the floor before they are put away. I need to make a list of just how many quilts need labels. I plan to take one day this summer and make labels for all of them. One other project is to bring my quilt journal up to date. I'll have to ask family members to take pictures of the quilts I've given them, but I'd like to have a journal page for each, along with the photo.
So....a good time was had by all, and I've had incentive to get Spring Cleaning started. That's a win-win situation in my book!