Thursday, November 17, 2011

An animated morning with Herring Run Quilt Guild

A little over a month ago I had the pleasure of visiting Herring Run Quilt Guild in Norwell MA and giving them my song, dance, and general floorshow. As much as I love the lecture part of my business and audiences really seem to enjoy it, I always have a moment or two of panic beforehand that no one will show up; this particular booking I had an even bigger panic attack because I knew I was competing with Mark Lipinski being at the quilting mecca of New England, Keepsake Quilting, at the exact same time on the exact same day. Clearly his people did not call my people.

Imagine my surprise when the hall was filled on that rainy Saturday morning. Hey, maybe the rain kept people from driving the 2.5 hours to Keepsake, but I'll take it. Herring Run was an awesome group of quilters and I had so much fun with them. One of their members took a bunch of photos and sent them to me on a CD (so sweet) and have to say I had an hysterical laughing fit looking at them, so I thought "What the heck. Let's share my dorkiness with the world." So prepare to be amused/disgusted by the montage of bizarre facial expressions I exhibited to Herring Run.
I love this photo. Standing where I am and lining my head up with that doorframe, it looks like I have a mohawk. Awesome. It also shows that I have not gotten over the pigeon-toedness that gave my pediatrician fits at age 4. While you are looking at my feet though, be sure to admire my beaded shoes.

These lovely ladies got quite a workout during the lecture. They were amazing quilt holders and probably only held a quilt upside down once or twice, which is fabulous. I love showing how color and fabric choices can really change the look of a pattern, and I always bring as many colorways of my quilts as I can.

Yeah, I like to talk with my hands. And apparently also with my eyes closed.

People always love the back of this quilt. It really is an adorable panel fabric from the "Life's a Hoot" line by Adorn-it Fabrics.

I promise I don't THINK I usually yell at my audiences. My apologies to Herring Run.

Air quotes are so awesome. Was I suggesting all self proclaimed "Quilt Police" leave the room? Did I use the word "embellishmenty" properly? Was I mocking the idea of "perfection" in quilting? I guess we will never know.

Cardinal rule of public speaking -YOU be the one to grimace rather than your audience members.
This just kills me. I have a look on my face like "These people are hopeless." Nothing could have been further from the truth. This was a hugely talented group who were unbelievably welcoming and fabulous in all ways.

Want to see what amazing faces I can make for your guild? Be sure to contact me for a lecture booking and I'll be sure to give it my best shot. While wearing some fabulous beaded shoes, of course.


Lee Ann said...

Beth, I was laughing hysterically reading this blog. The way you described your facial expressions is priceless! Maybe you can take photos at our FLL meetings and blog about the various facial expressions of those meetings!
And by the way, fabulous beaded sandals !

Kelli Fannin Quilts said...

oh my. remember the way i was laughing at quilting hotties and marionberry jam in elevators? yah.. that. i'm glad you clarified that you were making air quotes and not going all edward scissorhands on the hopeless ladies of herring run. and oh my goodness. is that the jacket you wore at quilt market? and we saw another lady have one in another color? awesome! lovely sandals too. thx for sending me over to this post. i miss you. haha :D

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