Thursday, October 15, 2009
Close to Nowhere
Our quilt show at the First Baptist Church in Oxford was not quite the resounding success that our chair Charlotte hoped it would be.
She thought that if we planned the show for a “home game” weekend for the Ole Miss Rebels, that we’d have a huge turn-out.
And, as Barry (the editor) said, we might have with any game besides the one with Alabama. He heard that this was the biggest crowd ever in Oxford for a football game. Apparently, it’s a big rivalry?
My friend Jane, granddaughter Meredith and I spent the night in a quilting buddy’s mother’s condo in Oxford. Going home late and tired is not a problem, but getting up early and getting back is!
It was a really neat little condo and we all really enjoyed the treat, but Jane and I decided it wasn’t nearly big enough. We each have a large size room filled to the brim with fabric. There was absolutely no place in the neat little condo for fabric!
By Friday night we’d made enough money selling our homemade goodies (pin cushions, needle cases, quilts, etc.) that we’d broken even and then some. It was a good thing!
Saturday, in Oxford, on game day with the Crimson Tide, was an experience I hope never to repeat. I have never in my life seen so many football fans -- they were spilling out everywhere.
Louise Akins and Mary Hester Skelton came all the way from Holly Springs to enjoy the quilts. And they did enjoy them -- after having to walk clear across the square and a couple more blocks just to get to them. Parking was extremely hard to come by Saturday.
The Domino’s pizza guy had to double park when we ordered pizza. Not a one of us was giving up our valuable parking place!
One of the most enjoyable surprises in a really enjoyable weekend was Pop’s Aunt Eva of Bruce coming to the show.
I was sitting at one of the refreshment tables after a hard morning white gloving (it’s very hard to keep quilters from touching, even though they certainly know better!). I looked up and there stood Eva admiring a quilt.
We had a good time talking quilts and family while tasting some of the refreshments (I highly recommend Margie Jones’ buckeye brownies).
I think though that Meredith had a better time than anyone. At various times, she manned the admission booth; hung quilts, took quilts down, delivered door prizes, and just generally ran her legs off. And she was very proud to have a quilted wallhanging in the show!
It was a great show! And if you missed it, I’m not at all surprised!
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