I have a relaxing morning (for an hour at least) before the buzz starts. This weekend is the quilt show with Ocean Waves Quilt Guild. (See previous post – Ocean Waves Quilt Guild presents Birds Blooms and Butterflies Quilt Show )
Today I have to make a run to the church where our guild meets and “double check” the storage closet for items I might want to take to the show to sell. We store things at the church for Second Time Around in between meetings, and I honestly don’t remember what I left in the closet since our March meeting. After this leisurely morning things are going to “get hectic” !
This afternoon I have 3 people coming with their SUV’s to “load up” boxes. We have over 40 boxes of fabric prepped for the show; so that takes a lot of space. ( My big lesson is to use the “SAME BOXES” so they stack and store easily. I purchased bankers boxes last show and “between” shows they fold up and go into a couple of plastic totes.) My “drivers” will transport the boxes tomorrow morning to the school and I will be there with a cart and a dolly to unload and roll into the small gym where my booth is located. Three of us will do a lot of “staging” and preliminary set up of the booth before lunchtime.
I have 6 volunteers coming in the afternoon to help set the booth for the show. It is a VERY large booth so there is a lot to do. When the show opens on Friday morning my volunteers will work in 2 hour shifts (5 or 6 at a time) in the booth helping shoppers; checking out customers; bagging purchases etc. I’ve spent the last 2 months “organizing” all those schedules; booth plans etc in between getting the fabric ready. Thank goodness for the people who have come once or twice a week in the last year to iron; trim; measure fold and price fabric donations.
I’m an “organizer” and I make lists and spreadsheets to keep it all straight; use a 3 ring binder and hope for the best results. The best part of our guild is that people volunteer readily. We have about 275 members and I am guessing I have had 30 different people helping me throughout the year. During the show I have close to 40 volunteers helping just with my booth. Amazing people, so willing to sign up and SHOW up.
My co-chair and I worked several days last week getting the final bits ready for our Second Time Around Booth. Yesterday we got together and made up some “starter kits” to build your own wreath. Back in February some of us got together and had fun with wire wreath frames; odds & ends from the sewing room and the hot glue gun. (See the photos and story at – Fun with buttons and more )
We made 8 starter kits with instructions and the wire wreath. In the kit we included some ribbon or lace to wrap the wreath; some old spools of thread, lots of buttons and other notions like bobbins and embroidery floss. Our “marketing plan” is to display 3 or 4 of the wreaths we made in February near the kits!
I needed some signs for the quilt show to “promote” some of the unusual things we have to sell –
We have a PLAYPEN full of BIG scraps and wanted to give people ideas on how to use them!
We have a PLAYPEN full of neckties too —
Nancy made the zipper pouches, small purse and glasses case all from ties. She is so creative. Yesterday she sent me a picture of a wreath she made with ties. We will hang it at the show to inspire others!
You might remember that I have been sorting buttons for a while. I mentioned it in March on this button post . (It is like a “zen” time for me sorting buttons; by color and type etc….) I have had trays of buttons and cupcake tins and small containers on my dining room table for over a month. I bagged up all the “same” buttons in groups of 10 and 6 and the “unmatched buttons” all ended back into a shoebox sized plastic container. At the show we will have about 15 baskets of buttons for sale that are bagged or carded along with the “loose” buttons. I struggle with how to sell them and settled on a “fill the bag” method.
We all have those buttons at home; and wonder how to “use” them. A few months ago I made a little “button art” project on a 4″x6″ canvas – and I thought I would set it on a tiny easel at the show to inspire.
After dinner I “played” with buttons for a bit. I had a styrofoam Christmas tree and got the glue and straight pins; a paintbrush and tweezers out. I used the paintbrush to apply the white glue on the back of the button and the tweezers to hold it to keep my fingers from getting glue all over them. This little button tree took me about an hour and I was just playing. In hindsight I think I should have painted it with green “before” I started. I really enjoy playing with buttons with interesting shapes.
I hope we inspire the quilters to venture beyond the fabric and do something with buttons and ties and scraps at the show. I have been having fun with these little projects. I know the blog has been pretty quiet these last few months too. I am still recovering from hand surgery and hope to be “back to myself” soon. (Typing with that one finger in a splint has ruined my 60 words a minute skill!) My quilting efforts have been on the back burner for months too. After the quilt show I am taking some time for “me to sew” again. Thanks for following and your comments too! Feel free to share the info on our quilt show with your friends.