Well, it sounds more fun than “Let’s Get to Work!” It IS a lot of work putting on a quality quilt show, but we do have fun in spite of that. Many parts make the whole event and most of those go together like well oiled gears. Members have streamlined the processes and tweaked this and that to make it even smoother for the next year. This year will be tougher than most. We did not have our faire last year, so our newer members need training, and we lost quite a few members in 2020 & 2021. Some moved away from the mountains, and we lost some in death. The most challenging part will be keeping up with the shifting rules and current mandates that COVID causes.
This year our Quilt Faire ‘Queen’ is Dana Osterlund. This means that she is in charge of everything involving the Quilt Faire. Quilt Faire committees (35 of them), report to her on their status.
Entered quilts and exhibits are analyzed, arranged and rearranged. All applications are sorted (by size, color and theme) during a Planning meeting. The final show layout is decided at this meeting and the results are distributed to the frame builders and the check-in and return crews.
Now, all the behind the scenes work gets serious. We have only 18 days or so to prepare for our invasion of Ironstone Vineyards and what we call “Quilt Faire Week”
Don’t be surprised if a quilter asks you to support a scholarship program by buying a raffle ticket. The quilt we are raffling off this year is designed by Lynn Wilder and worked on by Guild members, under Lynn’s expert tutelage of course!
Our energetic member, Dana, has been selling tickets for the quilt, and the American Girl Doll. We also raffle off the Doll, including a wardrobe of Haute Couture fashions. No Kidding!
♥ TTFN ♥
P.S. Last day to submit an application is Monday, September 9th
Today is Day 3 of the aftermath and I am still tired! Talking with other members this week I found that I am not alone in my slow recovery. The show takes a lot of effort and teamwork is the key. When the team is short-handed it means more work for who’s left. The 49ers are experiencing the same thing this season…
A few random photos, of setup, the quilt room, and taking down of show items. Sort of a “Teaser” for next year’s fun.
Stay Tuned Next Week for the Viewer’s Choice Awards!