How to Pack for a Trunk Show

I took on Cheryl Sleboda’s 31 day blogging challenge only to realize why I haven’t been blogging very often in the first place … I’m busy and tired by the time of day that I do have some time.  Oh well – it’s one of those times when I need my mom to tell me, “Suck it up.”  And because I hate to fail … I am sucking it up.

I spent this afternoon preparing for a Trunk Show for the The Sewing Room/Material Girls Guild at Baraboo, WI in the Civic Center, Room 14 tomorrow, December 4th at 1pm.  It is $5 for nonmembers to attend.

It normally takes me about three hours to get all prepared for these talks … but I took some steps before my last talk that made a HUGE difference in preparing.  It only took me about an hour and a half to have everything packed up and ready to go … and that’s with Pip’s ‘help’. 

I’m going to share with you my tips on how to do this.

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1.  Make a list of quilts you want to bring and the order you want to present them.  Now as I pull my quilts from the railing or the walls … I know exactly which ones to pull and which ones to leave.  So much less decision making.  This has also helped me wean down the number of quilts I bring into a cohesive presentation and leaving the opportunity for a guild to hire me again in the future to see the other quilts. 

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2.  Stack the quilts in the order you want to present them.  We have the list already made so this is easy. 

3.  Pack the quilts in rolling suitcases.  I need three big ones to fit all my quilts.  It makes hauling the quilt so much easier!

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4.  Pack the quilts in the backwards order you’ll presenting.  That means the first one you pull out of the suitcase will be the last one you show and so forth.

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5.  Make sure you remember which suitcase to unpack first.  This suitcase will be the one that has the last quilt you’ll show on the very top.  In this case I need to unpack the patterned one, the purple one, the black one … which you probably don’t care about but now I can refer to this post as I unpack tomorrow.

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6.  Take a picture of an adorable Pip ‘posing’ in front of your suitcases. 

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Seriously … she’s just too cute.

It all boils down to one thing … taking the time to make a list of quilts was so worth it!  I have quite a few talks coming up in the next few months and now I feel like things will go much more smoothly getting ready for them. 

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