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Friday, August 6, 2010

Quilt Day at the Wood County Fair Update

When I was asked to do a Notions presentation at the County Fair I had no idea what that really meant. I agreed to do it to help out. Afterwards I learned there would be a stage and a microphone. Oh geez, I'm not a professional speaker and I thought I had made a mistake. Then I figured I'd just be myself and fly by the seat of my pants they could only ask me to leave right?

It was very hot and they only had fans going in the Annex Building.  I was dripping as I stood and spoke to the ladies who had gathered.
This is me setting up.  I was just getting my supplies out and on the table here.  I was nervous and my hands were shaking a bit.

This was my table after I got it set up.  I demonstrated the products I use most often and really like.
This was the audience before I started.  I figured I'd better get a photo since it was the first time I'd given a Notions lecture.  Just as I was introduced I looked up and this is what I saw:
I don't know who was behind the signs, but I can tell you for sure my heart was deeply touched.  This experience will stand out in my memory for the rest of my life.  I only have a few experiences that I hold near and dear to my heart, peak experiences with people, and this was sure one of them.  Thank you so very much to all of you who supported me.  I still can't believe it. 
Ok, it was so exciting I put in two photos, I had to have the gals do another showing of the signs.  Wow, what a gift.
Afterwards people asked me how it went.  My reply: No one left and no one said booooo so I guess it went well.  Not everything went smoothly and that is OK.  I didn't wet my pants but I suppose if I had it would not be the end of the world.  Thank You Janette Willman for inviting me and all the wonderful women from the Extension Office who unloaded my van with lightening speed and helped me set up my displays.  Thank you Joan Edwards for your help and for taking some photos for me.  Of course special Thanks and Hugs to all of you who held up the "Kelly" rock big IHAN socks!!!

After I spoke then Jenny Morlock, QuiltCrazyGalJennaLouise blog)  spoke about Artist Trading Cards and Post Cards.  She is the Youth Development Director for the 4-H program.  Many of the quilts displayed at Quilt Day were quilts that the 4-H Quilters were donating to charity. 

I just love the Artist Trading Cards and the Post Cards.  I have one ATC and three Post Cards.  I guess if I want more I better make more.

By the way, I heard about a fun contest that I decided to do and I thought I'd invite anyone interested to join me.  I loved Linda Poole's class on Bended Bias Applique so when I heard she was doing a contest I knew it was something I could manage.....if you know what I mean :)  Join me, it will be fun.  Just click on the link on the left sidebar of the IHAN blog. 


  1. Kelly, that is awesome what those ladies did for you...I am sure knowing you were among friends helped with the nerves alot.

  2. Isn't it wonderful that you got all that support...You deserve it!

  3. I knew you could do it!! Just being yourself is the best you can be!! Wish I could have been there, looks like it was fun! Just think-next year will be easy!

    hugs kiddo!! Congrats!!

  4. Great job! Love the signs the gals made, and didn't even pee your pants. You're a big girl now!

  5. I love your site and picture me holding up a sign with your name right now!! fondly, Sandy

  6. Oh Kelly, I bet you did a marvelous job!! Did you enter any quilts or items in the fair? Ahnalin, my 5 year old just entered her very first quilt in the fair. She is hoping to win a blue ribbon. We love our county fair!
    I love all the Kelly signs they held up for you!

  7. who should we contact to get our "kelly" sign?

  8. What a wonderful way to make you feel at home.
    Sounds like a great day with new friends.


  9. I'm so happy to hear all went well at the Fair and you had fans in the audience. Very exciting. And a great opportunity to share your amazing insights. Oh, how I would have loved to attended.

    Thanks for the insight on Linda M. Pooles' contest. I'll check it out. I sure love the artowrk for her notice.


  10. How wonderful that you had fans there!! I'm glad it went well for you!

  11. I'm sure you did an awesome job on the talk Kelly and how special for all those gals to welcome you in such a sweet way!

  12. Sorry I missed you at the Quilt Show. I was there very late in the afternoon. It looks like you and Jenny had a great time and I see you have fans with all the Kelly signs :)


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