When I started this blog, I thought, "what if someone actually READS this?" Then I started thinking, "what if nobody reads it?" Ultimately, I decided, it's for me. I've never been very good at keeping a journal so I'm not sure what makes me think I'll keep up with this one. Only time will tell. But some great things have happened to me in the last year and I guess I wanted a written record of it...for me. And whoever happens to stumble onto this blog.
Random, I know.
So in March of '09, I took a beginner quilting class at my local Hobby Lobby. The classes were every tuesday morning at 10am, which happened to be the time that I would normally be doing Miss Marian's hair. It seemed "meant to be". After the 1st class, I cut out all the pieces for my 1st quilt and for whatever reason unknown to me at the time (hind-sight...I was already addicted), I woke up at 5am the next day. After unsuccessfully trying to will myself back to sleep, I gave up and got out of bed. I assembled that quilt top in about 5 hrs.
Oh, I certainly was not alone in my addiction. There were about 4 or 5 very talented ladies in that quilting class with me. I didn't catch ALL their names, but one that stood out to me was Sandy. She was funny, feisty, entertaining, and VERY talented! Check out her Black & White (and red) room. I'm totally coveting that quilt!
As sad as I was to see the end of that month (and class), we all felt, including the teacher, that we weren't beginners anymore. We were ready to "fly" on our own. I was axiously waiting for the next Trails End Quilt Guild (TEQG) meeting. John (our teacher) had told us about the local guild that meets the 4th thursday of each month. Well, I missed the April meeting. May, too. What can I say? I was busy sewing!
I finally made it to the June meeting. The friend that was supposed to go with me was out of town that week. So I went by myself. 30 min late. Oops. They were having officer elections that night. I thought I would just sneak in and sit in the back...blend in as best I could. Getting the time wrong did NOT help with that. A very energetic woman with spikey bleached hair invited me to sit at her table. Her name was Pam. The hair drew me in, but her energy kept me riveted. Two times a year, the guild has a pot luck meeting...this was one of those nights. While we were eating, the ladies at my table get on the subject of how it seems nobody wants to take over as president of this group. The current pres lived over an hour away and was begging for someone else to take over for her. I asked (my mistake) why none of THEM wanted to do it? Pam says, "I'm already serving on the Board." I look around, curious...4 out of 5 of these ladies, it turns out, is already on the Board. As I'm concentrating on my food (and trying to NOT draw too much attention to myself), Pam says, "YOU could be our president!" As I nearly snorted potato salad all over the table, she says, "Seriously, it's the EASIEST job! All you have to do is..." I tuned her out at that point.
I honestly thought I was being "punked". I was waiting for my husband or Ashton Kutcher to jump out from another room, with cameras in my face, laughing. Well, THAT didn't happen. But before I really knew WHAT was happening, Pam was standing behind me, introducing me to the room as a nominee for president. What? Is this woman serious?! I couldn't tell. Apparently, she was.
So, it turns out, being a "member" is just a technicality. Pam (and I suspect the other ladies at the table) paid my dues that night and I became the newest member of the guild...and the new president. I know she was just trying to make an example out of me. And maybe she proved her point. But it could've been a HUGE disaster. I have been VERY lucky (blessed) to have a very hard-working Board, that knew what they were doing. Some of them would argue with me, but at least THEY were members and had been to past meetings. THEY at least knew each other's names!