Cleveland Cover Up - An Outlaw Quilters Dream!

Hello quilting land!  My name is Giddy and I've taken on a new task this year that I truly need everyone's advice and suggestions on!!!  HELP!...sooooo the Chamber of Commerce and Events Coordinator at our new Civic Center 'noticed' me at several functions and fundraisers.  They asked me to co-chair a quilt show at the Civic me, being the Texan that I am, do absolutely nothing small!  I have brianstormed all week on this and here's my game plan.  I want to start a non-profit organization who's mission is to promote the growth of young quilters through scholarships as well as promote quilters through education, exposure, and providing a forum for the public to see the art of quilting.  I also want to work with the Historical Society in getting a database created to document and record heirloom quilts from our regional area. 


Here's just the top of the list of my OMG"s and issues!  First, what kind of salary do I consider for myself?  This will take me every last day of the 9 months I have to pull the first one off on October 22-23.  Second, we are a very small community about an hour north of Houston, so I want the show to start off basic and small.  What catagories would be the best to pull in more entries?  Also, Dusty Farrell (yeah!) talked to me today and wants to teach or do a demo and maybe be the keynote speaker at the Awards Banquet which I am just elated over!  He suggested that since it's shortly before the Intl Market and Fest in Houston I need to use this to my advantage that lots of companies will already be in the area preparing for that and that I really need to have a theme thats unique to attract quilters and vendors interest. 

This is what we came up with:  Cleveland Cover Up - An Outlaw Quilters Dream!  What do ya think?  We're a small town riddled with gossip and scandals! lol and some friends and I started a group on facebook called the outlaw quilters and they both just fit. 


Ok, next question:  I want to do an Outlaw Quilt Challenge.  Any suggestions on themes and requirements?

Lord, I'm rambling on and much work! I need an assistant.  Think I might go up to the high school tomorrow and see if there's a willing student from FFA or FHA to volunteer to help me...OK....thanks for taking the time to read this and sorry for the length!


# re: Cleveland Cover Up - An Outlaw Quilters Dream!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 10:11 AM by Giddy

Ok where's all my suggestions ladies and gents?? c'mon I know yall have some great ideas for me! lol

# re: Cleveland Cover Up - An Outlaw Quilters Dream!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 12:51 PM by Giddy!/pages/Cleveland-Cover-Up-Quilt-Festival-Giddys-Quilts/132377226826876

here's a link to the facebook page if anyone is interested in posting some insight for me....

anyone know what the first step is to starting a non-profit and what is the criteria?  I'm researching right now, but I keep hearing that it's hard to do...

# re: Cleveland Cover Up - An Outlaw Quilters Dream!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 9:24 PM by Liz S. (AKA QCA Liz)

Dear Giddy,

Wow! I admire your fearless enthusiasm! Way to go!

To get some feedback I would suggest you copy your post into the QCA forums under Ask Quilting Questions Here will get many, many more responses there than on your blog.

Best of luck on your sounds like ot will be a blast!

QCA Liz S.

# re: Cleveland Cover Up - An Outlaw Quilters Dream!

Thursday, January 27, 2011 3:09 AM by Giddy

Thank you for the suggestion Liz! I need all the help I can get!