Today’s first event was the IQA Luncheon. The top eight award winners had the dubious honor of sitting on the stage while we ate. Afterwards, we each had to get up and make a short speech. I never did hear how long it was supposed to be until we were being introduced.
For those who have known me for any length of time, you’ll know that public speaking is not my favorite thing to do (somehow speaking at a quilt guild is different), but I didn’t think I was overly nervous until I stood at the podium. I looked at the room of…how many people? Maybe 500? Let’s just put it nicely…tears immediate sprang to my eyes and I was speechless. After a minute or so, I managed to mumble something about my sweet hubby, and how much I appreciate all he does for me. I think I stammered out another couple of sentences and fled to my seat. Crash and burn! They didn’t give me a ribbon for speechmaking! At least I wasn’t the only one who cried. Oh, well…wouldn’t you know, I had ladies come up to me the rest of the day telling me how much they enjoyed my “speech.” Good thing we quilters are a bunch of saps!
In the evening, the quilt festival finally opens their doors. I had to stand next to my quilt and answer questions. An untold number of people thought it would be a good idea to take a picture of me with the quilt. Silly people! Everyone who is taking classes wears a name tag. It was fun to finally meet some people who I’ve chatted with online. I got to see people who belong to guilds where I’ve spoken in the past and some that belong to guilds I’m scheduled to be at in the future. There were also people there from all over the world. There were quite a few very talkative people from Australia, which was a lot of fun. Many Japanese quilters come to the show.
More tomorrow. Maybe some shopping 🙂