It’s always fun to have a “first” come around in your life, and I just had one of those memorable experiences a few weeks ago. I had my FIRST book signing! My Style, My Place has finally hit the shelves (it takes 18 months from the time you write a book for it to be published), and Patches, Etc., a local shop here in St. Charles, Missouri, hosted a trunk show of projects I designed for the book. It’s a cute store, along Main Street, in a historic part of town. Ann Hazelwood is the awesome owner, and she has been so sweet, promoting me in her newsletters and at her store even before I got there. On the day of the signing, several people expressed surprise to see “such a young author” at the shop. By the way, the even younger girl in the photo is my little sister, who stopped by to see me at the day of my big FIRST book signing.
Being in a quilt shop is a bit different than a fashion fabric store. Since I primarily do fashion sewing, this was a fun twist to sewing that I usually don’t get to experience–especially from the customer side. It was interesting talking to people about quilting vs. sewing. Who knew they were not the same thing (or at least that’s what THEY think)!! I did sell a few books, and met lots of people with different sewing (OK quilting) backgrounds. And being around all that fabric gave me loads of ideas for making new things. Maybe a next project will be a quilt… after I’m finished with tailoring, designing my junior collection, fashion show production, computer-aided design… well, OK, maybe this summer.
Bye for now!