I am a long-time member of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), and finally live in a region where there are opportunities both to gain from the organization, and to give back to it, in more than an online, arm’s length manner. I spent two days this last weekend volunteering.
Thursday and Friday were spent at this table, giving a SAQA “elevator speech” to anyone at the Sewing and Quilting Expo in Fredericksburg, VA who would listen. My mission was to let people know what SAQA is and to make the connection between our information table and the two art quilt exhibits nearby.
A good portion of the show, Deux, which premiered at IQF Chicago, is traveling with the Expo. Unfortunately, my bestie Deborah’s work was not part of this grouping, but hopefully each Expo location will have a different selection of work so that they all get their moment in the sun. Expo-goers definitely gushed over the work.
I also enjoyed meeting peers whom I have previously known only online or by their work. I had a lovely dinner with local friend Lorie, and online friend Victoria, whose quilts above are not only beautiful and beautifully made, but convey an absolute joy of quilt making. My crap photos do not do the work justice.
Then, I switched gears on day three and helped out my knit night friend Elisabeth at her booth at the Fall Fiber Festival a little closer to home. It was a gorgeous day, but a bit too sweltering and many people melted away early in the day. Still, I enjoyed promoting Elisabeth’s cool cottons, and had plenty to restock.
The slower afternoon left me some time to do my own shopping and I picked up this pretty shawl pin.
I don’t think I even mentioned that the weekend before, I spent two days in North Carolina attending SAQA and PAQA-South events. Weekends have been a whirlwind! Local pal Mary Beth and I drove down to attend a PAQA-South regional meeting and then the opening reception for their regional show, Freeze Frame. The works I liked the most were the ones that took more liberties with the theme, but overall it was an enjoyable show.
Since many of the PAQA-South members are also SAQA members, if one has an event, then the other tags along, and so we had a regional meeting for SAQA VA/NC too. People brought show and tell, and as always, sharing work highlights unexpected tips and tricks. It was great to see familiar faces from MB’s retreat last summer, and NC faces from our last PAQA-South event in January. I find the in person contact makes a bi-annual long drive worthwhile.
I’m itching to get back to my “studio,” but I am happy to have had the opportunity for professional development and making new friends.