Saturday dawned a beautiful sunny and warm day and I presented myself bright and fairly early at Stitchcraft Studio for their Opening Day event. I hadn't really known what to take with me or what to expect but hoped the day would be well attended.
Kathryn and Christine had already hung some of my quilts on the wall behind my area. The second from the right is not mine but is by my friend Wendy Skinner who was also in attendance with some of her quilts and her beautiful sewing machine covers.
As there wasn't much hanging space I laid my journal quilts out on the table and invited people to pick them up if they wanted to. My portraits of DH and I attracted a lot of attention and laughs, especially as my DH is quite well known locally from his years working at the hospital.
I took a range of work going right back to when I first started stitching and before I had ever thought of making anything with the word 'quilt' attached to it. I felt quite delighted to have my name in 'lights' LOL
My companion in the studio (one of several workrooms at Stitchcraft) was Wendy Skinner who, amazingly, started me on this journey more years ago than we'd both care to remember when I joined her Painting for Pleasure group. Both Wendy and I were kept busy all day with a constant stream of people popping in for a look at all the work and for a chat. I am sorry to say that I don't have a photograph of Wendy's lovely sewing machine cover houses as I had a problem with my camera. but if you have Fabrications magazine from April/May 2012 her pattern is in there.
As we were somewhat trapped in the room with our quilts we didn't get to see any other proceedings in the lecture room and the shop but when we eventually emerged it was to find the shop had been hectic all day and the talk by Dawn Cameron-Dick had been well received.
The shop looked wonderfully tempting now it was more fully equipped and I came home with a few Valdani threads.
I had hoped to show you how busy the venue was throughout the day but as I said, my camera let me down so the photos above have been kindly supplied by Christine's husband. Take my word for it, the place was jumping!
To round off the day Kathryn and Christine asked me if I would consider leading one or two small workshops so I am going to give it some thought. I get very anxious about standing up in front of people or trying to describe the procedures for making something but maybe I'll give it a go.
I mustn't forget to thank Heather and Joe for keeping us supplied with refreshments all day.
So, after all the excitement of the launch day I wish everyone at Stichcraft the very best of luck and success for the future. I'll see you soon.