Quilt Show News #2 – Volunteering at the Quilt Show

 

Blogger – Anne Bednar, Quilt Show Co-Chair,  April 2, 2018

If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes almost the whole quilt guild to put on the Quilt Show.  This year there are more than 270 volunteer positions to be filled for the show.

Anyone who enters a quilt is asked to volunteer to work 2 hours per quilt entry to help make the show run smoothly.   Not counting the committee chairs for the show, there are 26 different kinds of volunteer positions – all in the interest of honoring our work as quilters.

You are probably familiar with the idea of “white glove treatment.”  Google says it means “marked by extra attention or respect; special.”  That’s the kind of treatment we want to show to all of our quilts.  In their honor, one of the volunteer positions is “white glove.”  White glove-ers are assigned an aisle in the show to patrol – asking visitors not to touch the extraordinary quilts without a glove.  Every program distributed as people enter the show has a glove in it so that people can exercise the proper respect.

Would you enjoy being a white glove-er at the show?  Lottie Parker, a guild member who wore a white glove and patrolled the aisles at the last quilt show mentioned: “I met very interesting people and listened to their quilt making stories.” 

Gertraud Reynolds says:  ‘white-gloving’ is fun …..

-meeting other quilters and non-quilters, 
-pointing out particular aspects of a quilt, 
-presenting the back of a quilt,
-explaining specific techniques,
-engaging in a conversation and hopefully attract new quilters,
-talking about our guild and its advantages,
-seeing for yourself the quilts and discovering more details missed on previous ’rounds’,
-glancing at the vendors’ tables and their displays,
-having a comfortable and  pleasant continuous walk … way better than on a tread-mill.

Of course, not everyone agreed.  Gwen Louis found the white glove position boring:  “Nothing interesting happened while I was walking around;  it is the least pleasant job to do during the show (in my opinion), just because nothing happens.  Even takedown, while a lot of hard work, keeps you busy the whole time.”   There are 24 other types of volunteer positions to keep anyone interested.

Erika Keith and Jan Burgess are in charge of volunteer sign-ups this year.  If you have questions or need help, give them a call: 

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This post was written by Kathy Johnson

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