I’m still writing my book which makes for a dull girl! I did get out to the Northern California Quilting Council‘s Meet the Teachers event in Pleasant Hill, Ca last Saturday. We are very fortunate in California to have 2 major organizations that bring teachers together with the shops and guilds that might be interested in hiring them. A Meet the Teachers event is held once a year in Southern California through the Southern California Council of Quilt Guilds and NCQC holds 3 Meet the Teacher events each year.
The event was very well organized by Sherry Werum. Each of 30 teachers had half a table to display his/her wares upon and we each got 3 minutes to present ourselves to the crowd. The guilds and shops have time before and after to talk with teachers individually to decide if it is something of mutual interest. It works out great and for me, almost all of my California gigs come from the Meet the Teacher events.
They yank you right at 3 minutes so you really have to practice your shtick before you present or you will run out of time. It was held the week of July 4th so it was the most lightly attended I’ve seen in the 10 years that I have been going. It was still worth it as I did get one job and several maybes. You get to listen to everyone else’s speech and I wanted to go to everyone else’s classes!
And the really fun part is lunch afterwards. There are no cliques here, just anyone that has the time for lunch goes. It’s a great time to catch up with other teachers. We need to support each other!
Like all guilds, my home guild, the Folsom Quilt and Fiber Guild makes and distributes charity quilts. I tick along with 2 a year, certainly not an overachiever but I do want to do my part. This came to me as a pieced top and I just had to quilt and bind it. Helen Hardwick had the fun bias stripped nautical binding in her stash, which added a nice touch.
I have my go-to motif for charity quilts that quilts up lickety-split but looks quite elegant. I did large circles for the borders and I like the way it turned out.
I couldn’t help but post a photo of Baby Boy, seemingly showing his best profile. What a handsome boy! He is growing up fast and weighs in at 46 pound at 5 1/2 months. Definitely not a lap dog. He is such a delightful addition to our family-can’t imagine how we lived without him.