MAKERS HOME fabrics by Natalie Barnes from WINDHAM FABRICS

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Making Friends aka Summer Quilt Festival by Quilts Inc. in Long Beach

I must take just a moment here to thank all of the friends I have come to know along the way.  

Some like these, in the pics, are new friends - and friends for only a short moment.  Others are dear, dear, longstanding friends.  
Friends for a moment, are friends at a show, on the dock, a security agent at a convention center site.  At a show, on the hospitality team, the vendor chair or a whilte glove volunteer.
At the studio, the UPS, fedEx or DHL delivery team.  At the studio, my helpers - those who come out of their own lives to be 'creative design director' or 'financial advisor' or...

So when we were asked to teach at Summer Quilt Festival in Long Beach, California, hosted by Quilts Inc. , we were proud as peacocks.  
So we decided on teaching:


I called the education chair at Quilts Inc. to confirm.
"We're not really hard sell," I said.
"We don't have a widget or a gadget," I said.
"We're more relationship driven."

There was a pause.
"That's okay," she said.  "That's good too."

So on this belated blog day, I say thank you to all of you that have let me be the one "Making 
Friends" - - at the shows, in the studio, and along the way.

Here's to friends!!!

Thanks for thinking of
b e y o n d   t h e   r e e f

(and hULa)


Suzanne said...

Had a great time!! Can't wait to meet more friends next year!

natalie. beyond the reef said...

Making friends is having a great time, isn't it? Whether we see them again and again, or meet them new at each quilt show venue, it is a great time.
For you readers out there, I hope you will join Suzanne and me at the International Quilt Festival/Long Beach - more detailed show information on the website or at
See you on the road in 2009!!!