The Birds of a Feather Convention was Great!
Let us recap our trip to Virginia, shall we?
Well our trip seemed quite uneventful leaving at 9am Wednesday morning, with no morning traffic to wrestle with, UNTIL I observed a vehicle on my bumper. Typically I notice some young thing in a hurry to get somewhere, but to my surprise I was amazed to see Motoring Mom-Mom behind me. Unfortunately due to SOME traffic could not easily slide to the right lane and this only enhanced Motoring Mom-Mom’s road rage. My rear view mirror gave me quite a show as her head was shaking back and forth in great dismay at my inability to achieve a driving speed of 95 mph. Sorry mom-mom I don’t wants to ruffle any police officer’s feathers with exceeding the speed limit too much! Eventually I moved over, and as she crept up to my car, this older women passed by giving me a piece of her mind with several head motions. Oh my!
I was actually hoping we would see her at the Marriott! Maybe she just couldn’t wait to buy one of my rulers?!
I loved the ability to network with all the amazing people I encountered over the four days I was working. Whether we exchange ideas, share experiences, or provide inspiration to one another it is incredible what a conference room and class room full of individuals can bring to your future. However, one thing I did neglect to bring which does help when connecting with new contacts is BUSINESS CARDS! I need to start making sure I have them here, there and everywhere. Making sure they are packing should be a no brainer, especially during a business trip.
For Students: Take a class every session? Well, of course that ultimately is a personal preference. However, you may want to consider the classes you are contemplating attending. How long do they run, and how much of a break you will provide yourself with prior to your next class? For me I know I need a little breather, so I can refuel and get my head back in the game. Otherwise my mind turns to mush. I realize it’s difficult to choose especially with so many different topics and instructors but don’t feel as though it’s imperative for you to jam pack your day to the point of walking away having all that you have experienced blurring into one fuzzy period of time.
One of the most exciting things about teaching and attending these conferences is that I rejuvenate my mind and help others step outside their box of creativity. Instructing students gets my design juices flowing and hopefully those I educate walk out of my classroom having gained some of those quilting juices. Understanding that stepping outside the box will promote individuality and confidence. Ultitmately their style will come full circle. And it never hurts to remind those that have come to spend their mornings or afternoons with us that constantly attempting new skills (even when our intial attempts fail) and techniques allows us to slowly become the best quilter we can be. Our quilting journey is never ending!
Lastly, I think surrounding myself with other educators, and quilting peers is a trip filled with plenty of smiles, common passions, and most of all fun. AND never forget there are moments that we all know what happens in VA stays in VA!
Do I have any quilting friends that also enjoyed their time in VA?