When last we left our intrepid embroiderer she was off to Pittsburgh for the EGA National Seminar. It was hard leaving, but it was good to be away and not see Pete in everything.
First came 4 days of Board meetings and Finance Committee. We work hard both with pre-meeting materials to digest and at the meetings themselves. There was lots to work through, but I think we have a workable plan to move forward.
Caped off the end of this part with a dinner with Rissa Peace Root, editor of CQ Online and her husband. Fun to finally meet people that one only corresponds with online. We have plans ... (insert evil laugh)... be afraid, very afraid.
Took time on Sunday to go to the Phipps Conservatory. It was a good place to go clear the head and just enjoy nature. They have a lot of Chihuly glass and were also having a Frabel exhibition of glass. Loved seeing it all - lots of eye candy and stitching ideas too.
Then plunged into my 4 day class with Jonalene Gutwein - 17th C whitework sampler. The 6-10 hour prework was really 30-40 so didn't get to do everything. Did learn some good hints and tricks. Did get to just spend time with ladies stitching and making new friends. All good!
Wednesday headed over to the Frick Center. I really wanted to see the house so we did the house tour - a snapshot of the turn of the last century including a player symphonic which they turned on for us. Way cool! It made for a nice half day outing.
I had been asked to do the Invocation for the closing banquet. I have been very vocal about not using words that people find offensive -- not so much the words but when put together are Christian. In a banquet of 400-1000 people, some people aren't and even the most liberal Christian wording can be offensive to those not of the persuasion. Instead, I gave thanks, hopefully in words that no one found offensive although some found it missing and wondered a bit when I finished. Now to find something interesting for the Invocation at 2010. This also meant we sat at the head table. Glad I decided to take the conservative dress up cloths and Will had brought his beautiful blue blazer,dark gray slacks, Italian silk tie, and conservative blue shirt. He was looking yummy as he helped pass out the 2010 invitational goodies.
We returned to hit the ground running to do the 1000 Hands Quilt at the booth for the Pacific International Quilt Festival. Immediately followed by my only opportunity to take a full day of professional training. Which was followed the following weekend by the Inter Kingdom Needlework Symposium at which I taught what was supposed to be a 4 hour Reticella workshop. The workshop (8 students) was going well when I found out that they moved the Kingdom Officers meeting up 1.5 hours. We ran through the remaining info and with the permission of the students, cut about an hour off the class (grump).
Then dived headlong into preparing for this weekend's Region meetion. This includes the Finance Committee meeting, a Board meeting, a Friday night workshop, and then the Saturday meetings. Of course I am teaching the Friday night workshop - Artist Trading Cards (stitched). We are planning on doing something with ATCs at 2010 -- stay tuned!
I decided I needed some fun so I signed up for a Temari Ball class called Mitsubishi - Diamonds. Below is a picture of the 3 balls from Barbara Suess's online Morning Glory class, the first ball I made and my Mitsubishi ball. I have signed up for Barbara Suess's next online class Morning Star and her Correspondence Class through EGA. The projects are such that I can do them in pieces. I actually find winding the balls a good mid-day relaxation.