My shoulders hurt, my calves are sore, I’ve had a lingering headache most of the day, and I’ve been hungry enough to eat through the house. Let me tell you – it is the BEST. HANGOVER. EVER. Every second that I’ve put into getting ready for the Maker Faire NC yesterday was totally worth it. I can’t find enough words to describe how impressed I am with Maker Faire NC organizers, other Makers, and TheBoredZombie.com volunteers. Take a look at some photos from yesterday with some of my favorite sights, sounds, and moments from a Maker’s perspective.
You gotta start somewhere and I started with pole and drape early on Friday. I finally met Kevin, the organizer, in person and knew I was in good company. He totally gets it and has been plans for Maker Faire NC. I’m pretty sure he and the rest of the organizers and volunteers are going to make it happen and I can’t wait be there!
By GO TIME, everything was in place and ready for event guests to come by and try out sewing for themselves. My kid was way more excited about her Maker badge than I was about mine (which is saying a lot)! That kind of makes my heart sing. When she came back later in the afternoon she started putting some of the blocks together. Do you know – she actually cared about seam allowance! She really wanted to do well with and managed to put them right sides together, every time!
Oh how I love Julie and Rebecca! They get it too y’all and were so good at talking to people, drawing them in, and making them comfortable with trying out the sewing machines. I swear, they are just so much fun to be around and made it just that much more special of an event.
Rebecca brought tons of Giving Bunnies! It was so darn cool to have them around to give to some of the kids and adults that enjoyed them! Even the ones who thought they were giving teeth. ha!
The variety of people that had a seat and sewed a few a seams was so exciting. They had nothing in common! Everybody from the toddlers in our laps to little old men took the time to give it a try. It is amazing how many people were reluctant and willing after a little coaxing. Equally amazing, how many young men and women were willing to take seat without any coaxing! One little boy was totally in to this. He couldn’t have been more than 5 and he was designing blocks and thinking about partial seams! I just loved hearing comments like, “I really need to get my sewing machine out”, “I used to sew, but haven’t in years, I’m going to get started again”, “Again, mama, again”, “I didn’t know you could do cool stuff with quilts”, or “I might just have to try that”.
One fella turned the corner and when he spotted Futurama, his jaw literally dropped. This man stood dumbfounded for a moment looking at my silly nerd quilt. This may have been the biggest compliment of my making career. It was so genuine and he was so kind. I wish I had caught his name!
Friends and family dropped by, I met some new people that I really hope to connect with in the future, and we all worked together and ended up with enough blocks to make nearly two 100 by 100 quilts that look something like this
There’s still a bit more work to be done on these two. When they are done, I think they are going to be something special. It’s enough to “know” that 100 people contributed to a gift quilt, but I think it is really special to see it. Each of these quilts will get a signature panel on the back with the names of the people that added a block.
At the end of the day, tired feet, muscles, and brains, we all headed out. Want to hear something funny? I find myself quite emotionally connected to this image. These people, these amazing, wonderful people, came together to help and to support my passions of making, sharing, teaching, and inspiring. I’m positive that we did inspire and we did teach and we did do something great for nothing more than the love of the game. Geez, I’m getting all bleary eyed! Guess I’ll just show you the picture already!
I know I’ve said thank yous a million times and I’m sure it gets old, but I’m just so grateful. This community of Makers, quilters, geeks, and nerds is something really special, I’m happy and gratified in so many ways to be a part of it. I just can’t wait to see what is next! What do you all want to do??