The Program Committee thanked me for my presentation and awarded me with a gift certificate to my favorite quilt shop, Hamels.
Many of you have written and asked me to update you with how the presentation went. From my perspective, it went very well. The ladies were a perfect audience, listening intently and engaging themselves in the presentation by asking some very good questions. I can say that I did enjoy myself.
Ideally we would have had an Internet connection, computer, and projector so that I could surf with the ladies and show them all of your blog sites. However, the venue that we meet in for our guild meetings is not that technologically advanced, so we had to move to plan, B. I took along a basket of quilts, patterns, and ideas that linked to my presentation. Many of the items I showed were inspired by my blogging friends. I felt that even if the members of the audience were not interested in blogging itself, they would have something to enjoy in the items I brought along to show.
I decided to use the 5-Ws to help me cover my topic: the who, what, where, when, and why. I tell my kids to make sure and cover the 5-Ws when they ask me about going somewhere to make sure they don't leave anything out so I thought the logic would help guide me in putting together my presentation.
The following was put together from my speaking notes so that you get a flavour of what I covered in my presentation.
What is blogging all about, and what is a blog anyway?
In order to answer these questions, I am going to tell you about how I started quilting and eventually started blogging.
I was introduced to quilting by a co-worker in 1997.
A co-worker was talking about getting together with some friends to discuss their next quilting project. They were getting together for tea on a Sunday afternoon and they were all bringing along their patterns to decide what project they would be working on during their planned weekend quilting retreat before Christmas. I was invited to come along.
I had started a Jacob's ladder quilt prior to this meeting and had purchased a rotary cuter, ruler, and mat. I was watching quilting shows on the PBS stations regularly and had some idea of how to start quilting but that was all. I was truly a beginner.
In November 1997, the 5 of us got together to quilt for the weekend--Colette (my co-worker), Teresa (the most experienced of us all and the unofficial teacher and leader), Veryan, Cindi, and I (the most inexperienced of everyone). We had decided to work on log cabin quilts. I was going to do a simple two colour version in a small manageable size--a wall hanging--while the more experienced of the group were working on a more difficult bed size tulip version.
This is the finished quilt that was completed to the flimsy stage that weekend and quilted many years later.
Colette and I worked together until the fall of 1999. At that time the office we were working in closed and every one's employment was terminated. We kept in touch as we moved through our careers and as Colette moved from Alert Bay to Seattle, and eventually Arizona.