Thursday, February 13, 2014
i normally do not get acknowledged at quilt shops. usually there is a nice looking older lady behind the counter, or at the back of the shop, who gives me a cursory look over and goes back to what they're doing. i know i wear too much black. i know that i'm too old for ridiculous t-shirts. i know that with my round face i look younger than i am. it doesn't bug me unless they're rude or outright ignore me if i ask for help. however, two weeks ago i walked into this quilt shop and the lady behind the counter was awesome! she was friendly and excited and asked me questions about what kind of fabric i like, and we had a great talk. i felt comfortable. i showed her what i was looking at and she found other stuff i might like. she asked what i was making and i showed her the little patchwork bags.
at one point she said to me, "you look very modern, do you only make modern quilts?" i said no, i like to make all kinds of quilts. i did admit that modern quilts are pretty fun, though. it made me giggle later that she called me modern because i think she thought that because i was wearing a lot of black and stripes.
tonight i went back in and she was there and i was so excited to see her! she showed me some new neat things, and then said, "you know, you inspired me to make a modern quilt last week. i even blogged about it, about how you came in and you seemed so modern and had that hair, and i had to make something." how fucking nice is that?! like, she made a thing because i made her think of a thing. i was blown away. she works mainly on thursdays, and guess what? she's totally got a customer for life now. quilters unite!!!
my good news this week was that the lucky dumpster, one of my favorite stores ever (you know that, i mention it all the time), is going to sell my bags on consignment! i sent them an email weeks ago, and didn't hear back and thought, "well, at least i put myself out there." which i'm still kind of proud of. but i'm also really excited to make a thing that will be sold in a shop that i think is amazing, run by amazing artists, and in a very special part of the skagit valley. oh, who am i kidding? i'm crazy about all of the valley. if i can't live on the island, this is where i want to be.