As I have talked about in earlier blog posts, in these past two years, I have just pursued things that I normally wouldn’t and was grateful for what came my way and worked out. This meant applying to shows to teach, getting my name out there by social media (it is a very time consuming thing!!), and writing letters to guilds, potential shows, etc. It is a lot of work. My philosophy has been that the worse that can happen is that I am told “No”….and what difference does it make. I would rather try and be told “no” than to never have tried and always wonder what would have happened.
So, I just finished teaching at my first major show at MQX. I am contracted to teach this July for AQS Syracuse, and am always filling out proposals to teach at other shows. For those of you who have never done this, it is a time consuming process and a never ending process as every show has different proposal guidelines and deadlines. And in reality, I would rather be quilting than doing paperwork!!!
So, now for my big news that I hinted at in my last post……..
Last Fall, I had decided to write a letter to HandiQuilter (the maker of the machines that I quilt on), and introduce myself. I never heard back, but didn’t really stop too long to think about it, as my goal is always to move forward. It isn’t unusual to hear back from a teaching proposal with a typical…… “thank you for your proposal/email and we will keep you in mind” …..type of thing.
Anyway…..when you are teaching in a HandiQuilter equipped, hands on classroom, there is a HandiQuilter Educator in that room with you. I have to tell you that this made me extremely nervous, but they (Diane & Susan) were so nice that I instantly felt like we could be fast friends. After my second day of teaching (this was my long day of classes), I got back to my room and had an email from HandiQuilter Corporate asking me to contact them that evening. I was terrified……but no need for that….lol!!! As I was talking to HandiQuilter, they said that I was coming to them as very highly recommended and that they would love to have me join their team as a HandiQuilter Educator and travel for them to attend events that they schedule. Oh my gosh!!! I couldn’t even answer that night, as I was exhausted, but after giving it thought for a couple of days, I told them yes!!!! So, not only will I be able to quilt and teach personally, but I will also get to travel to HandiQuilter events when needed and represent the machines that I love so much!!
I have already met the CEO of the company and several Educators, and have been welcomed with open arms, and on the 24th I leave for three days of training in Salt Lake City. I am so excited and thankful for this opportunity!!
So…..my advice to everyone….persevere!!!!