MCM #81 – I’m Gonna Be a Guest Speaker

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you are ready for a great week of quilting fun. I know that I am! Last week was a week of problems at our house. Tension issues with Freddy that took almost 3 days to fix, wavy borders on a client quilt that needed special care, hubby’s truck died and went to truck heaven (hey, it was 23 years old!), and my car broke down and needed towed to the dealership. All in all, NOT a fun week.

This week will be way better, fingers crossed!

I’ve got a bit of exciting news.  Last month I received an invitation to speak at one of the local quilt guilds on the topic of pattern design at their July meeting. The president of the guild saw my quilts hanging at the local quilt shop and gave me a call. It was so unexpected to get that phone call!

I don’t usually have a problem speaking in front of groups, but I prefer to sit back and let others do the talking. So I’m just a tad bit nervous. The meeting is this evening, so for the last few days I’ve been gathering up my quilts and making notes on what I want to say. The presentation has been my main focus this past week, and I’m super excited to meet more local quilters. This is definitely my crush this week!

I also have a new pattern coming out later in the week and I’ll share more about that in a few days. The layout of the written pattern has a new look and I can’t wait to share it with you!

Since I don’t have any of my own pretty pictures to share today, let’s take a look at a few of the projects you linked up last week. I was so impressed with everything you are working on!

Jen of de Jong Dream House shared the process behind her Celtic Midnight quilt. It was very interesting to read how she designed her quilt and about the inspiration behind the design.

Photo by Jen of de Jong Dream House


Tanya of Tanya Quilts in Colorado has been playing with a pair of flamingos – Flo & Freddy. They are so freaking cute! I love this little quilt and the way she quilted it. This is one I’d love to see in person – check it out!

Photo by Tanya of Tanya Quilts in Colorado

And last, but not least, Yanicka of Finding Myself as an Artist shared the progress she is making on her quilt “Wolf”. I am enjoying watching her put together her wolf quilt and am looking forward to seeing it finished.

Photo by Yanicka of Finding Myself as an Artist

Now it’s your turn to share what you are crushing on this week! You can link any blog post, Instagram or Flickr – here’s how:

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About Beth

I’m a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get “licking the spoon” mixed up with “licking the fabric”!!

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32 Responses to MCM #81 – I’m Gonna Be a Guest Speaker

  1. Patricia says:

    Congratulations on being a guest speaker! I’m sure you will be wonderful! Thank you for sharing those beautiful quilts! 🙂

  2. MartiDIY says:

    How neat to be asked to be a speaker. I wish I could be in your audience. Since you posted this yesterday, how did it go?

  3. Yay!! What an honor to be asked to speak at the guild meeting. I can understand your jitters – I hope it goes smoothly and as mentioned above, just take some deep breaths. It will go wonderfully!

    Sorry you had such a rough week. Sending good thoughts for a pleasant week this time around!

  4. kaholly says:

    What fun! You’ll do great!

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  6. Yay, Beth! On being invited to speak, and on soon publishing another pattern! Looking forward to seeing the new look. And here’s to a MUCH better week! (PS love Yanicka’s wolf! Saw it on Instagram)

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  8. Good luck tonight Beth! I`m sure it will go great 🙂

  9. Dj says:

    I do hope you have a better week. Congratulations on your speaking adventure. You will do great! I also can’t wait to see your new design.

  10. Laura Piland says:

    Congrats on the speaking gig, Beth! You’ll be fantastic! Can’t wait to hear how it goes! Hope you have a better week!

  11. I feel exactly the same way when I have to get up in front of people and speak, or sing, or whatever. It’s exciting and terrifying at the same time! Just be your sweet self and you’ll do great. I love that you’re getting the recognition and attention for your work! 🙂

  12. Linda Mincher says:

    Have fun tonight! I’m sure you will do fine and the guild members will have a good time!

  13. Sylvia says:

    Congratulations on the speaking engagement! You will do fine! Find a couple of friendly faces in the crowd and focus your attention between them. The first time is always the scariest! Best of luck and I can’t wait to hear how the evening went.

    We have times of high and and low. Last summer the same day that we had an offer on our old house, a lawsuit regarding the family cabin was won and then there was flash floods in the town where our new house is located. (our neighborhood was fine, but since we were 200 miles away at the old house it was stressful not knowing until we could get there) You just have to roll with it.

  14. Bonnie in Va says:

    Congratulations on your upcoming speaking engagement. You might slip in the concept of teaching a class based on one of your quilts if you like to do that. I know my guild likes that. Yuck on the malfunctions over the week. I’m sorry to tell you but sometimes the long arms just decide to go wacky. But with patience and perseverance all will be fine again. And, congratulations on having a vehicle last for 23 years. Have fun tonight. I know you will do great!

  15. yanicka says:

    Congrat on your engagement!!! Wolfgang is done 🙂

  16. rl2b2017 says:

    Hi Beth,
    I am so excited for you and your speaking engagement. You will rock it – when you get nervous, look at your beautiful quilts and they will give you confidence. Speak about what you know and love and you will do great. {{Hugs}} Sending good wishes and vibes your way. Oh, and I.cannot.wait.for.August.1st. ~smile~ Roseanne

  17. Liz W. says:

    Congrats on your speaking engagement! I can understand how it’s nerve-wracking … but oh so exciting. You’ll do great, I’m sure! How did you end up resolving the tension issue with Freddy?

  18. Vicki in MN says:

    Congrats on the speaking engagement!! Once you get going you’ll be OK, you’ll get so ‘into’ what you are doing you’ll forget to be nervous!

  19. Have fun when you speak to the guild! I know you’ll do well.

  20. Alycia C says:

    Awesoem !!! Go you!!!!

  21. Tish says:

    I am excited for you to be speaking at a guild meeting, you will do great! Hmmm…this has me thinking, I should have you up to teach a class at our guild sometime.

  22. Debbie says:

    Yea you! You will do a great job. I empathize with you on all the mishaps–we had a week like that but this week will be better!!!

  23. karenfae says:

    how nice to be able to go and talk about your quilts – I wouldn’t be able to do it – not a speaker at all! Have fun

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  25. Maybe all your mechanical bad luck is over for a while. We can always hope. Hang in there.

  26. I hate those kind of weeks. Hopefully you’ve got repairs made and a plan for the poor truck that went to truck heaven. Good luck on your lecture tonight. You’ll do great.

  27. Just remember to breathe once you get in front of the audience, LOL!! My biggest problem with giving programs is I get excited and talk too fast, and have to make an effort to slow down. Taking a deep breath before beginning the talk helps. Have fun!

  28. Cindy says:

    Once you start talking you’ll do great! Meeting new quilters is always fun. Hope all the bad stuff is done and everything settles down for you and your family.

  29. Kathryn says:

    How exciting and nerve wracking at the same time. Hope it all went well.

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  31. If you’re anything like how you sound on your blog, they will love you! You will be great!

  32. I know you will feel so great once the talk is over, Beth! I’ll be sending you good vibes and well wishes, and I hope you meet a lot of great new quilters tonight. I sure hope that this week goes smoother for you and your family!

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