1. The most interesting part for me was being forced to look at old work with a new eye. I liked structuring the presentation not to show just the most successful pieces but to show how working in a series and sticking with an idea can help an artist develop way beyond the initial thought. That meant showing pieces that were rawer and less refined and I hope the audience could see the growth in each series.
2. It forced me to talk about my work in a coherent fashion and that meant bearing some inner thoughts regarding what inspires me.
3. I liked seeing how my skill set has developed. In my earliest pieces the finishing would make most quilt aficionados cringe. But I did see development as I tried new techniques and I did not mind sharing how rough my initial forays were. My bindings and corners have certainly changed.
4. It takes a lot more time to pull together one of these than I thought it would. I had to unroll and then re roll each quilt. In several cases I had to borrow quilts from their owners and I confess to worrying about them the entire time. Hanging the show took more time than my husband and I thought and the presentation was over in a flash. I confess to wondering at times if it was worth all the effort but my conclusion is that it is. I was happy to see some of my older pieces that have been secreted away on a top shelf of a closet for many years.
5. I was disappointed that there was very little promotion of the trunk show. Coming on the heels of Q=A=Q it was treated as an afterthought. Which I think was a shame. What did make it lovely was seeing so many old friends and familiar faces.
6. This is the first time my husband has really heard me talk about my work and it was great to have him in the room.