There’s so much prep for an event like the Houston International Quilt Festival and Market. I’ll be gone 11 days this year and will attend Market for the first time. I’ll be promoting my new book (squeeee!) and see what is new. It’s not just about quilting, there are wardrobe and grooming tasks too. So: hair, check; nails-next week; shoes-as good as it’s gonna get; chiro-check; theraputic massage to try to get this foot under control, check.
Right now THIS is my biggest problem. The right foot is swollen both top and bottom. Every step holds discomfort. The swelling is pushing second toe out of alignment. I’ve been to an excellent podiatrist 3 times in 6 weeks. I’m now doing laser treatments on it which have helped. Let’s hope that they hold out for 11 days of 20,000+ steps/day.
And wardrobe decisions are not all about fashion! The classrooms are either heat from hades or cold the North Pole so it’s about layers. I have to be able to move a lot too!
I also needed a few new pieces, 2 bottoms and 2 tops. I need help when clothes shopping so I am a big Nordstrom’s fan-they hire the BEST help. Eva here was so helpful and was honest in her opinion of what worked and what didn’t. I would not have purchased two of the pieces without her help and styling. She’s the bomb!
Perhaps it sounds trivial, but I want to be confident in my clothes. I’m not looking to be a trend-setter or fashionista, just want to hit the target and feel confident. It will be tricky pulling this off for 11 days!
On to teaching prep:
I already sent 2 big boxes of quilt sandwiches and this became my last box containing all my handouts (1,225 pages!) and other teaching supplies. My 2 29″ suitcases will max out at 50 lbs so I needed to ship this. I have thought long and hard about my handouts. It is not uncommon for other teachers or students to copy handouts and call them their own. Many teachers have cut back or eliminated handouts entirely as a result.
I’ve deliberately chosen to stick with my handouts. When my student has a handout, I can confidently say, “Don’t take notes, watch. What I’m showing is in your handout so you don’t need to take notes.” Then I get their full attention and they benefit greatly from watching me draw or quilt as opposed to taking notes. So there I go, sending 1,225 pages to Houston!
I finished off a box of staples-how often does that happen? There was a lot of printing and stapling going on.
But it wasn’t all prep this week. I had a great class of students for my “Feathers Four Ways” workshop:
I asked my students to allow me to take a photo of their best work for the day (not everyone wanted their work shown). With the exception of one, these were first time featherers! I was blown away by how well the class fared and the feathers were flying. I love feathers–I want to feather the world.
I leave on Halloween for Houston. My 11 day stay is going to be jam-packed:
- 5 classes with 125 students
- I’ll be taping a short video with C&T to promote my book
- Book signings at both Market and Festival
- I’ll be presenting at Schoolhouse (a part of Market, promoting my book)
- One sampler (Saturday) and one Forum (Machine Quilting Forum)
- I’m the lead for Machine Quilting Forum
- One Meet-the-Teacher
- I’ll get to be a student in a Jane Sassaman class!
- Various luncheons, meet-ups and meetings while at Market and Festival
Friday will be my busiest day with a full-day class to teach, a Meet-the-Teacher, a book signing and a SAQA meet up. Oh I hope my feet behave!
I will post while I’m gone but it may just be a photo or two. I just don’t seem to be able to teach all day and come back to my hotel room and write a blog. I’ll play it by ear. Wish me luck!
Don’t forget, my book goes on sale Nov 4th while I’m at Festival. You can pre-order here. If I’m in your area I would love to sign your book.
I’ll be linking up with Nina-Marie’s Off the Wall Friday!