Long long ago and far far away in a quieter gentler time–February 2016 I think it was, I, along with my good friends, Joyce, Nancy, Selina and Judy (we call ourselves The Pansys) decided to go out on a limb for our Guild. We agreed to take charge of the Fund Raising Raffle Quilt for the Kindred Spirits Quilt Guild. Now when we did this – to the best of my knowledge – none of us, had ever undertaken a thing of this magnitude before. We knew we were under the gun to get this done. We had to get a fabulous quilt out into the world…it had to be cut, pieced, sewn, quilted and bound…within two months we figured… so we could start selling raffle tickets. But on top of that we also had to purchase a raffle ticket license, make and print the tickets, distribute and keep track of tickets and ticket sales, find venues to sell those tickets, find people to man the ticket booths and a whole host of other things. It was gonna be a lot of work. Here is a pic of the gorgeous quilt that my cohort, Joyce offered up for sale to use as our raffle quilt. Thank you Joyce. It is a beautiful thing.
More than a couple of times I wish we had thought a bit longer and harder about that commitment on that cold dark February evening, because that was not all we volunteered for that night. Not by a long shot, Nope, nosiree Bob, it was not. We–Joyce and I–(okay I confess, I stood up and dragged Joyce up with me) said that we would take on the job of chairing the entire 13th biennial Kindred Spirits Quilt Guild Quilt Show. OMG Holy Heck Hermione, etc. Yikes.
Well let me tell you, we have had quite a year. Our quilt show did come together successfully, and was held on October 14, 15, and 16 in Charlottetown PEI. Now that its over, we are all, amazingly, still the best of friends, and to all accounts, our show was a fine success.
Over the past 8 months, we have all acquired a whole schwack of new skill sets and brushed up on ones we already had. We now know how to: acquire and renew a lottery license; choose a venue to suit our event and negotiate pricing for it; pin down and then bully (kindly) volunteers into doing way more than they signed up for; search out and encourage vendors to attend our event even though its last minute; plan and publicize the entire event… both on line and in print media (oh and how to be charming TV stars – right Vanna/Selena) and much much more. And, all the while we were juggling our own lives…together we coped with children leaving the nest; downsizing our homes; parenting our parents; losing a much loved pet family member; taking on new and greater job responsibilities; and so much more. Yay us!
I want to take this moment to say, from the bottom of my heart, I’m proud of all of you who worked so hard to make Joyce and I look great. IMHO, you did a spectacular job. It was such an honour to work with all of you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
There is so much more that I should be saying right now, and so many people I should be seeking out and offering up my personal and profound thanks (and I will do that soon) but for now, I think I’ll end this post with….I knew we could, I knew we could, I knew we could.
Here for your viewing pleasure are just a few pics of the gorgeous items displayed at the show. We are so lucky to have so many astonishingly talented, humble folks here on the Island.