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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Set Up

Hi Everyone,

Yesterday was lots of work!  I can't believe what a hard-working bunch of quilters are in my guild.  There were also several husbands helping, including mine(!) who took the day off work to help out.  We met around 1:30 in the afternoon at the guild's storage facility.  Four pickups were needed to load all the racks, tubs, boxes, etc. that were needed.  We were the last one in the convoy over to the school.  I took a picture because it was kind of funny.

Maybe you can see the white truck and the two in front of it absolutely stuffed full of wood, etc.
Since the show is in a middle school, we couldn't start until the students left--about 2:45.  Once that happened, it was a whirl of work.  Unloading, sorting, piling, decision making--all that had to be done.  We had never used this venue before so we had "plan A, plan B, plan C," and still we had to "wing it" a few times. 
I unloaded the door prizes, lugged tables,  decorated a few of the trees out front, climbed up the "folded in" bleachers and pinned sheets around pvc, etc.  Just before we broke for a pizza supper, all the racks were up and quilts were being hung!
I'm always fascinated to see the types/design of different guild's racks.  My poor husband had never done this before, but plunged in and learned on the fly--he was on the team that put all the racks up and together.
While we were eating, I thought about all we had left to do and figured we would be there until 11 pm.  However, we all redoubled our efforts and got to work.  We finished the hanging.  Then we had to "readjust" a bit, and there was an issue about one special display (we weren't able to do the PVC/sheet trick that I had worked on the other side of the gym) so it required some creative problem solving!  Luckily, quilters are creative people!  We also brought numerous "props" to use in decorating.  Old ironing boards, baby cradles, milk cans, etc.  Anyway, we finally finished just a little after 9!
I was never so glad that we have a whirlpool bathtub ever.  I'm still sore, as a matter of fact.  Today I go spend the whole day there, as well as Sunday afternoon.  Then it all has to come back down and back to the storage shed....    I don't want to think about that yet.  Here is a sneak peek of some of the quilts.  I will take plenty more to share!

Hmm, this was taken with my phone and I see that I got way too much floor in the photo!

Have a great day!


  1. What a monumental undertaking and a hearty BRAVO to all the worker bees! Lots of quilters will be enjoying the show today and tomorrow.... and I wish I could have Scotty beam up there!

    Hope you have a great show and a wonderful day!

  2. Looks like a job worth the effort! Can't wait to see more pictures!!!

  3. I am looking forward to seeing the show today! I can't wait to meet you too! Thanks for all your hard work.

  4. Our show is next year and I am also deeply involved in it ... a little anxious as this is my first one! Your show looks wonderful; hope attendance is great. Whose little red Dresden Dish quilt do I see on the corner there? LOL Looking forward to lots of pictures! Linda

  5. Good to see the work that goes in behind the scenes of a quilt show. Looking forward to your quilt photos.

  6. You have all been very busy. Looks like it will be a good show. x

  7. Impressive set up plans! On your way to a successful show indeed!!!

  8. Whew! Set up day is always a lot of hard work. I'm sure the show will be great--can't wait to see pics!

  9. Yes, a tremendous amount of work and every minute is enjoyed by those who love and appreciate quilts

  10. I'm sure all of that hard work paid off and was well appreciated. Sorry I'm not close enough to have participated :)