We spent the weekend vending at the Empire Quilt Guild’s, bi-annual quilt show. It’s a terrific opportunity for us to make the public aware of the creative possibilities we offer to the crafts of quilting and sewing. We love meeting new folks and hearing that what we’ve put together is beautiful or just what their project has been waiting for. We’re on our feet for three days, packing, loading the car, unloading while dodging NY City taxis and making everything look pretty, so that it can be picked over and hopefully purchased before the show ends.
We see friends from our local Ridgefield area, who make us feel like we’re really home. Thanks Dorma, Annie, Laura, Susan, Janice , Tasha etc. Thanks also to our guild friends who really make us feel NOT like out-of-towners. We’ve developed a lot of good relationships in the time we’ve had our store and the Empire Guild is one such.
Folks are allowed to photograph, but NOT touch the quilts in the show. We watch and wonder, what-all they will do with all the memorabilia they collect. The cameras are out and snapping the whole time. Occasionally, someone visiting our booth will ask to shoot one of our display quilts and they may if they purchase the pattern and just want a better shot to help them while making it. Another type of person takes the picture without asking, and I fault my lack of vigilance. But it’s the person, who when you tell them that the quilt design is copyrighted and “I would appreciate if you don’t take a photo. The pattern is available for sale, if you’re interested,” and she proceeds to blatantly shoot away, that I wonder if trace of conscience exists.
I really do believe that most people are good, and even more are good when they know someone is watching. So I decided to try to capture the culprit on film myself, and hope that if she realizes we actually are watching and just trying to pay the rent and feed ourselves, she might recognize how inconsiderate she has been. We’re not just objects of entertainment, but real.
We love Manhattan and we’ll be back undaunted!