29 January, 2009

In The Category of Insane

Most certainly I should be committed.  I am feeling a bit overwhelmed some days as it is.  And on those days I feel like the crazy lady in that scene in "Airplane" where people line up to slap her because she is going a little blinky.  Hubby would probably be first in line and I would slap myself second, third, and fourth.

So, what do I do?  Sign up to volunteer of course!  I've just taken on the challenge of developing a day and a half professional development event as part of Quilt Canada 2010.  Planning an event like this is certainly in my skill set, but it is a lot of work.  Thankfully most of my immediate responsibilities have to be concluded before I return to work in May.  And the event isn't until next April/May.  Phew.

Oh wait, but there is still a lot of work to do.  That's where I am hoping you, my fantastic readers, can help me out.  If you were attending a conference/workshop as a quilting professional (teacher, judge, designer, store owner, writer), what would you want to see?  This isn't about technical skills or new patterns.  This is professional development for your business, yourself.  Some of the topics we've thought about are incorporation, getting your quilts appraised, branding, breaking in to markets, the ergonomics of craft, and lots more.  Any suggestions?

As the event planning moves along I will also keep you in the loop.  Maybe some of you will join us?


Holli said...

I don't have any suggestions for your content, but wanted to say HOW GREAT that you are doing this. All the work aside, the rewards are going to be wonderful!

Good luck and have fun!

Victoria said...

This sounds fabulous, and I like everything you have listed here. The only other thing I can think of publishing. Good luck!

Jenny said...

Wow, congratulations! How cool is it that you are PLANNING a portion of the conference for professionals? I have no idea what a professional would be looking for - maybe other than how to appeal to the younger set (teens/20s?) or community building activities (for those who own a shop I guess).

Good luck!