Friday, 24 August 2012

Time to check in again...

Had a wonderful time at Festival of Quilts.....

Met lots of lovely people....

...and ran around like a headless chicken!

Here's a piccy of my little stand...



...and a close up of my little street of stuffed houses. :-)


These attracted quite a bit of attention, and the basket of patterns was well depleted by the end of the show.

Let's hope they are as well received in Alsace!

It was lovely to meet up with blog friends again too.

Anne, who called around on Thursday morning...

and Viviane and Liliane who were my lunch companions on Sunday (although we saw each other every day for a little chat).

I'll be meeting up with Viviane again in Alsace, and lunch will be on the cards again I'm sure! :-)

Have a look at her blog here.....

...she's doing a little series of posts on the Festival of Quilts (that is MUCH better than my effort!)

It was great to spend some time with Jamie Malden of Coloricious too.

We're working on some workshops down there in Amersham next May...

...involving lots of printing with her lovely print blocks...

...and then loads of stitching fun afterwards!

We'll keep you posted on that as time goes on.

The FOQ workshops were great fun, if a tad manic....

...and it didn't really help when, on the first one, I had been expecting 12 people to turn up, and 16 actually arrived!!

The organisers had sold 16 tickets by mistake, and couldn't tell me if I would have 12 or 16 on the following two days either!

Faces were pulled, and I was sheepishly asked "Can you cope?"

What's the answer girls?

"I'm a WOMAN! Of COURSE I can COPE!!"

It was decided that when the person responsible was tracked down...

...their garments would be removed...

...any openings would be stitched shut....

...then, they would be put in a very public place and ordered to dress again!

(One of the stewards immediately applied for the job of ticket seller. He thought he could make quite a bit of money on that one!)

As it turned out, there were 12 on Saturday and Sunday, so enough goody-packs were there in the end.

What a runaround though!

My stand was, of course, "miles" away from the Q&E workshop areas, and there were no water/wash-up facilities available....

So....

..I had to wheel a trolley through the crowds...

...get the tables and floor covered and equipment out in 10 minutes flat...

...get 16 or 12 people to print a fabric background into which to stitch....

....clean the area and remove all the plastic coverings in about 5 minutes flat...

...wheel the trolley back to the stand...

...and then spend 40 minutes in the cleaners' cupboard having a free sauna over a hot tap (no cold tap working) scrubbing all my wooden blocks with a toothbrush and the foam ones with a tatty sponge!

Bloke remarked that I looked like I'd hit the bottle a bit too hard by the time I flopped back into my chair with a well-earned cup of tea afterwards. :-o

NO WAY will I do those Q&E 1 hour jobbies next year...

...and, as most of my students asked for more workshops AND longer ones at that....

...I'll be offering half days in 2013.

The show was very positive in other ways too...

.....but my "Stitched in Stone" work will certainly have to go on the back burner for quite a while!

Let's say that I'm going to be spending a lot of time writing and producing samples over the next 12 - 18 months....

...with a few deadlines to meet!!

I won't be around here for a while now....

...twazzling skeins like mad to stock up again for Ste Marie aux Mines...

...but I'll try to sneak in a tea posting on Tuesday :-)))

See you next week....

x C

14 comments:

Penny said...

FABULOUS!!! You sound so great and so energized - even though you must be exhausted right now. Wonderful posting -- I felt as if I was right beside you (which I wish I could have been - although not for the scrubbing with toothbrushes)!! I'm happy, happy, happy for you right now.

ViDerTextil said...

hi, it was indeed great to meet again (sure it will be in september in Ste Marie aux Mines too) and you coped very well your workshops : you showed energy for the six rooms in the NEC! No doubt that it will be easier with workshops of half a day.

Chris Gray said...

Headless chicken is the term I would use!! :-)

...but I enjoyed it all the same.

Yes...half day workshops will be much more sedate....(hopefully?)

Alsace....

...here I come!

JP said...

gla dit all went so well

Chris Gray said...

Thanks JP.

It did indeed go well!

Penny said...

Sounds as if, although hectic it all went well and obviously all there enjoyed it, would have loved to have been there.

Anne B said...

Oh Chris! Hope you haven't overdone things. My sister Tessa and I returned to the show on the Sunday and were having a quick coffee when I caught sight of you pushing a stonking great trolley and muttering to yourself! I was going to ask for a couple of choc ices but thought better of it! Take care. Anne

Chris Gray said...

Next year then Penny?

I DO hope you couldn't hear exactly WHAT I was muttering Anne......it may not have been pretty!! :-o

It's amazing how invisible someone with a trolley, or someone pushing a wheelchair can be.....I KNOW this!!

Good to see you on Thursday x C

Jane said...

crikey! I'm exhausted just reading this post!
It looks great and you obviously had a fab time

underatopazsky said...

Sounds like you rose to the occasion and coped magnificently. No surprises there then! The row of houses are fabulous and so glad they got such a lot of attention.

Chris Gray said...

..a fab time indeed Jane!...

...and thanks Alex...

...I'm hoping they are going to be as well received in la belle France :-)

Eva said...

Love the view on your shop. Wish you were here...

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Diane Cransac said...

Well this is what I get for not keeping up with your blog :((( Not getting to see you :'(