I had The Most Amazing Day at my Book Signing at Meissner Sewing Folsom last Saturday. It was wild and vastly exceeded my expectations!
I am pretty good at estimating crowds and I would guess around 60 attended in total throughout the day. The signing lasted longer than the hour we allowed, giving me time to talk with friends and to meet others. Meissner’s ran out of books! Meagan said she has sold 35 and took orders for more. I will drop in and sign them before they call people to come in and get their copy. Wow, who knew?
So funny story, a little more detail than I included in my FaceBook post. I arrived early, of course, because I hate to be late! I brought my quilt racks and set up a nice display of quilts and projects from the book. I was ready, 15 min ahead, as I like to do. Then I realized, I left the give-away quilt at home! Everyone would want to see the quilt and besides, I needed to give it to the winner. Yikes!
As luck would have it, Hubby was out-of-town so I had to run home and get it. Um, I did break the speed limit pretty much all the way there and back. When I left, there were 2 people there early. But when I arrived with the quilt (15 min late!), the parking lot was full and I got the next to last spot. That should have been my clue but I thought, no way these people are here for me. When I walked in, the shop was crowded and they were all so happy to see me! I’ve never had such a feeling. Oh did I feel the love, the support, the joy!
I never had a bday party let alone a surprise party and this felt to me how a surprise bday party must feel. And way beyond the part about me, it was so wonderful to be immersed, surrounded in an atmosphere of love-of-the-quilt. It felt very much like a community, we all had this common bond. It was so cool.
That is one of the things that I love about quilting – it brings us together and our differences melt away. In that moment at the Book Signing, the atmosphere was joyful and supportive. I heard discussions around some of the minutia of quilting, supportive conversations of quilters helping quilters. There were many there from my guild, the Folsom Quilt and Fiber Guild and that felt very special too.
I was so excited that I forgot to take photos! Oh I wish I had more. Some of these photos are from Marlene at Meissner’s and from Brenda Perry, the winner of the give-away quilt. Someone asked me why I did a give-away for the signing and that stumped me for a moment. My thought was that I was so grateful for the support of my local peeps that I wanted to give something away in appreciation. It is not lost on me that some came for the drawing but hey, I would do the same!
It was a Very Special Day for me and if you were there, I am grateful for your support. Just know that I will never forget how it felt to walk into the store with all of you there. Wow. I’m thankful. Onward!