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Soccer Mom vs. Everything Else

I should be working right now, but I’m a bit preoccupied. This weekend my daughters will suit up in their purple soccer jerseys and I will brush their hair and put it up in ponytails and then I will wish them luck at their game. They will head off to the soccer field with my husband, and I will go fulfill a volunteer commitment I made more than a year ago.

Long before I received this season’s game schedule I agreed to do a demonstration at a bi-annual quilt show at the very same time my daughters’ soccer game will start. People might show up to hear what I have to say about English paper piecing and weaving with scraps, or I might end up sitting by myself at a demo table. It could go either way. Regardless of the size of my audience, I will be preoccupied by what my girls will be doing on the soccer field, hoping the game is going well for them and that they’re having fun. And I will be wishing I was there on the sidelines where I’m supposed to be.

Win or lose, audience or not, one thing is certain: my heart will be on the soccer field this Saturday. While I hate to miss their game, I know that it’s important that I make good on my commitments. I also know I’m a very fortunate woman to feel my heart get tugged this way.

And for you locals, I’ll paste the quilt show information and demo schedule below. If you’re free at noon Saturday, grab some show & tell and stop by my demo table and tell me what you make. If any of you find a good story while you’re there feel free to email me about it. You can read the column I wrote to preview the show here.

WHAT: West Michigan Quilter’s Guild Quilts on the Grand show.

WHEN: Oct. 5 -7 (10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday,  9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday)

WHERE: The DeltaPlex, 2500 Turner Avenue NW, in Grand Rapids

COST: $8

INFO: wmqg.org

Friday, Oct. 5 

12:00-12:30     Quilt History Study Group/Bed Turnings – Joan Brink

1:00-1:30         Bead Embroidery – Cheryl Tom

2:00-2:30         Amazing Fiber Arts Rulers – Gaye June

3:00-3:30         Learn To Knit – Sally Meeker

4:00-4:30         Slice Fabrique Cutter – Mary Smallegan

Saturday, Oct. 6

10:00-10:30     Preparing Your Quilt Top For Quilting – Terri Watson

11:00-11:30     Quilt History Study Group/Bed Turnings – Joan Brink

12:00-12:30     English Paper Piecing/What To Do With Those Scraps – Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood

1:00-1:30         Bead Embellishing on a Crazy Quilt – Krista Fandrei

2:00-2:30         New Rulers from Creative Grids – Cathy Norton

3:00-3:30         Newest Tools on the Market – Kathy Edwards

4:00-4:30         Fit To Be Tied Baby Quilt – Esther DeVormer

Sunday, Oct. 7

1:00-1:30         Free Motion Quilting – Mary Smallegan

2:00-2:30         Surface Design for Quilters and Fiber Artists – Beth Ann Williams

3:00-3:30         Sewing Machine Maintenance – Tim Owen

Comments

Comment from Julie
Time: October 5, 2012, 6:36 am

I hear hesitance in your voice and can relate to the divided heart. Thankfully, your husband is there to support your girls, and who knows, your event may have some hidden perks or inspirations to offer you. Wishing that you’re able to enjoy where you are and mindfully use the time well!

Comment from yvonne
Time: October 5, 2012, 10:02 am

Our children pull on our heartstrings and it’s hard to be away from them. You all will have wonderful stories to tell you when you are all back home together as a family. If I lived in Michigan, I would come by to see your booth. You are a great mother! I can tell!

Comment from Arnuld Ignacio
Time: October 7, 2012, 10:52 pm

Amazing crafted art :D I’m sure my daughter would love these too!

Comment from Alessandra Hayden
Time: October 8, 2012, 8:32 pm

I was talking to my husband about you the other day and I said I don’t know how do you manage to get so much done. Give yourself a pat in the back, you are amazing and I am sure your girls are beyond proud of you.

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Comment from CHEAPWATCH
Time: July 17, 2013, 4:44 am

Win or lose, audience or not, one thing is certain: my heart will be on the soccer field, FIGHTING!

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