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 Center...so 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
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 on....so 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!
Whoa Hoss! You are an ambitious little lady. Don't know the answers to all your questions right off the top of my pointy little head. From the name you have chosen, you need to have some kind of Western / cowboy / "Wild, Wild West" theme to your quilt challenge. One goofy idea I had is instead of the usual ribbons, yours could be attached to sheriff's badges. I am sure you could get some badges from a place like Oriental Traders. Have they given you a budget amount to work with yet? Do they have a venue chosen for you yet so you know how much space you have to work with. Do you have any quilt guilds in the area that would be willing to pitch in and help?
I think you are off to a busy start.
For a theme my school "The Cowboys", used My Heroes have always been Cowboys. I'm not sure if that works with outlaws.
In relation to working with students from the local high school is a great idea. FHA is actually called FCCLA and it's huge in Texas. You might could get them to work in concession snack and even organize and run them. Chapters always need fundraisers and this year our national organization will be meeting in Calf. You will probably also find that they are great for runners, and etc. You might even find some quilters.
You may also find that you can recruit some of them willing to work with you on a assistant bases if they need community service hours for scholarships. Good luck.