Come See Me At The Adirondack Museum Fall Fest This Saturday

Flying Boots
Flying Boots, I’ll be showing this potholder on Saturday.

The first year I started my business (called YesNo Quilts then) along with selling my work on my website, I tried selling my work at Craft Shows.  Jon always came with me.  Sometimes he’d have some of his photos sometimes he just kept me company.  And was I happy to have him there.  I didn’t sell many quilts (one I think)  but because of them I met Jane McMillen (felted pincushions and lots of other felted stuff) and started making potholders.  It was the beginning of the Recession and I realized that most people didn’t have the money for quilts, so I came up with the idea of the mini-quilt.  In the form of something everyone who has a stove and cooks could use, a potholder.  I thought of what kind of potholder I would like in my kitchen and how much I would be willing to pay for it.  I debuted them at the Poultney Craft Fair and sold out.

The second year in business, when I sold about 100 p0tholders each month from September to January on my website,  I gave up on Craft shows.

But I’m thinking of those early days again because this Saturday I’m going to be at the Adirondack Museum’s Fall Festival.  It’s not a craft show and I’m not there to sell my work, (although I sold a few potholders when I was there last year) but show it and demonstrate how I make my Streaming pieces and Message Potholders.   I’ll have some quilts and potholders, my latest streaming piece Freedom Woman and some other unfinished samples of my work,  maybe even a scarf or two.  And of course,  I’ll have my sewing machine.  What I won’t have is Jon’s company.  He’ll be teaching his blogging workshop this Saturday, while I’m in the Adirondacks.  Now, it’s not like I need to have Jon there with me, but I’ll admit, it is more fun and I will miss him.  But I’ll have my machine and my work.  So even when there are those inevitable gaps when no one comes around to look at my work, I won’t just be sitting there staring into space, I’ll have my work to do.

I’m planning on bringing materials to make some potholders and start a streaming pillow or wall hanging.  My mind is already abuzz with ideas.  I only hope I don’t get to involved with what I’m doing and forget that I’m really there to talk to people and show them what I’m doing and how I do it.

The Adirondack Museum is in Blue Mountain Lake NY.  It’s a lovely drive through the Adirondacks.  So if you’re in the area and up for it, come see me this Saturday at the Fall Fest from 10-4pm.   I promise to try and pay as much attention to you as I do my work.

For more info on the museum and the Fall Fest click here or go to www.adkmuseum.org

6 thoughts on “Come See Me At The Adirondack Museum Fall Fest This Saturday

  1. Have a great day Maria! I so know exactly what you mean about going it solo. It is definitely more FUN having your man with you. I always love whatever we do together. It doesn’t matter what it is. I know I’ll laugh and have twice the fun with him along. Listen to us, are we hopeless romantics? 🙂

  2. I love your work Maria and hearing about your creative process is makes me feel like a part if the energy. I want to order some pot holders for my sister’s birthday. I had no cash flow at the time if the open house, but I am so happy I got to see your workspace first hand. Please let me know how this works, do I choose from what us available? We have a little time, her birthday is in November. Peace.

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