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
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