Today’s guest: Terri Stegmiller
What Festival is this for you?
This will be my third time at Festival. I attended in 2007 and 2008. I’m anxious to take it all in again.
Where will you be and when?
The only definite plans I have at the moment will be to take a turn at attending the Twelve by Twelve exhibit each day. The time frame varies each day but I plan to be exhibit sitting on Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m., Friday from noon to 2 p.m., and Saturday from 6 to 7 p.m. I have also volunteered to help out at the SAQA booth for a two-hour period on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. During the rest of the time I plan to be roaming around the convention center taking in all the beautiful quilts and perhaps doing a little shopping. I’m hoping to catch up with some friends as well.
What are you most excited about this year?
I am most excited about getting to meet most of the Twelves in person. To date, I’ve only met one of the Twelves in person, that was Deborah. She and I met when I attended Festival in the past.
On a related note, just how excited are you to see all the quilts together?
I’m so excited I could pee my pants. Okay, I won’t, but I think seeing the entire grouping of quilts all in one location will be very breathtaking for me.
Is there one piece from the that you’re really excited to see in person?
I can’t think of just one piece. I am just so excited to see everyone’s quilts up close and personal. So far I’ve only seen them in photos and there’s so much more to see in real life than what a photo can capture. I’m betting each quilt will reveal more to me than what I imagined.
What’s your one must-take item for Festival?
Just one??? I guess I would have to say my camera. I want to capture photos of friends (new and old), the Twelve by Twelve exhibit, quilts that inspire me, and fun moments. And of course, comfortable shoes….oops, that’s two items.
What valuable lessons have you learned from past Festivals?
Prepare to be overwhelmed. Prepare to be super tired at the end of the day. And prepare to have great memories to take home with you, along with heavier luggage.
What are your most memorable or favorite moments from past Festivals?
I think meeting up with friends is the best part of it all. And meeting new friends. Nothing beats that.