I belong to two villages….Thimble Pleasures Quilt Guild and Bose Speakers Toastmasters.
Last weekend a quilt that I made won a blue ribbon. How did that happen? It all started with a field trip with the Holliston Senior Center to Quilted Crow Store in Bolton, MA. I saw this quilt, “Oriental Baltimore” pattern by Leesa Chandler Designs. I was intrigued by the three dimensional flowers and leaves. Thank you to Sue, owner of the Qulited Crow for introducing me to this pattern. I changed the color palette. I used batik fabrics for the flowers. After many hours of using Sulky thread instead of DMC floss and “request” batting adhered to the back of each block, I embroidered as much as I could. Then the project stopped. I was stumped. I have large hands and there was no way I could turn the tiny petals right side out. I was stuck!
Several months pass. Then in September, I was at a get away with some members of our guild. Rita had made this quilt before and she came over to me and helped me on the 5 blocks where I was stuck. It all seemed so simple now.
I finished the quilt in my own unique way. I put it in the Thimble Pleasures Quilt Show. I guess a lot of my fellow Thimble Pleasures Guild members appreciated the time and creativity that went into this quilt, for they voted and gave me a Blue Ribbon. That would have never happened without Sue, my seniors, Rita, Leesa, and the guild members. Thanks you all so much! I love this village.
Two weeks ago I received a Triple Crown Award at the Bose Speakers Toastmasters meeting. If it weren’t for my husband, encouraging me to join a club, my mentor, Peter, always evaluating with encouraging words, the opportunity that presented itself to me through Toastmasters, Lori, my new mentor, and all the clubs I visited and learned new, exciting tips and techniques for public speaking, I would not have earned this award.
Both of these villages gave me opportunities to be active. If you are looking for a village to join. Be active. The more you give, the more you learn. I’ve also met very creative people in both of these villages.
I do give talks to women’s groups and quilting guilds. Thank you Toastmasters for listening to so many quilt-related talks. The courage and confidence I have gained over that past few years is nothing short of amazing. I wish the same for you. Look for a village to highlight your talents. You will be amazed.