The Minnesota Twins inaugural season at Target Field was a fabulous setting for our Baseball Bats and Binding event! In spite of a day of torrential rain the clouds broke loose just in time for the first pitch. No one was going to rain on our parade! With 83 quilters in attendance you know there was going to be a lot of laughing, no matter what. And how could they not when they all were receiving quilty goodie bags!!
My son Alex came to the game with me and I'm so happy he did! He pitched in and helped the stadium crew wipe off the seats in our section. The guy who was working that area was more than happy to toss Alex an extra cloth. It can take over two hours to do all of them in the entire place!
In addition to goodie bags we had lots of prizes for lots of different things! When the Twins scored a home run everyone got a prize ... including some of the people sitting around us ... might as well include them in the fun because they were such good sports. Everyone was competing for prizes for how fast they could stitch down binding on a lap size quilt. There was something different for rounding each corner with the prize for the fourth corner being a Rowenta travel iron ... almost as good as hitting a home run!!
I was a little concerned that the contest was getting a bit heated when I noticed two quilters had begun to intensely compete with each other. Cat calling and things like that ... issuing challenges ... yikes! One got around the first corner first ... the other around second and third ... dead heat for the fourth ... their friends were getting involved ... what if they got into a fight? Can you imagine the headlines??? Finally one pulled ahead and put in the last stitch and the race was over. The Pokey Puppy quilt was the winner! So here are Deb and Mary and their quilts that are totally bound and finished ... and who it turns out are also coworkers and regularly try to outdo each other during contests at work ... like who has the best cookie or bar recipe. It was just circumstances that led me to putting them close to each other in our section. Whew. They cleaned up with some nice parting gifts.
In my memory, these quilters in front of me never really pulled out their quilts but were enjoying the game instead. But look how cute that tote bag is. It was made from last Summer's Quilt Minnesota fabric. They looked so happy and relaxed.
The rest of them had their noses to the grindstone just stitching away. It was funny to watch them all stop when there was something exciting on the field or when a refreshment vendor came walking up the aisle. There's Celine Perkins ... one of my celebrity coaches. Hmmm ... she looks more like she's just enjoying the game and not encouraging her area to round those corners!
Come to think of it ... my family doesn't seem to be really engaged in the whole quilting thing either! Are they just watching the game? But look at Diane's hands sitting next to them ... they're a blur she's stitching so fast. Gifts are always a great motivator.
She snapped a photo of me giving out goodie bags too ... I never have pix of me! This was actually one of the lowest stress events I've done in a long long time ... well ... except for all of the rain coming down all day but hey ... that was out of my hands so what could I do? I loved that there was a lot of smiling and laughing.
I'm not sure who this quilter was ... heck ... I didn't know half of them cuz they were from all over the place ... even one who came from Alaska! But anyway ... this quilter was so excited about the 7th Inning Stretch door prizes ... that we actually did during the sixth inning ... she wanted to win soooo bad and finally did! Because our group was so big we had to use hand signals to transmit the winning ticket numbers ... pretty soon everyone in our section was shouting out the numbers as we counted out by tens ... that one with #72 took a long time! Just added to the fun ... and hand signals are a big part of baseball, right?
And the stitching went on around all of the rest of things ... including fireworks after the home run ... and food and beverages ... and standing up for the National Anthem and Take Me Out To The Ballgame during the stretch ... oooh! ... and the sweet guy who proposed to his gal on the jumbotron ... soooooo sweet!
There are way too many photos to show ... but I've put more up on our Rosebud's Cottage Facebook Fan Page and will be putting up more soon, too. Janice has some in her photo album too ... and she told me she's making a Heritage Maker's book about the game, too! Can't wait to see it.
Our quilting event was a great way to celebrate the Minnesota Twins first year in their new stadium. Lots of comments in the stands about doing it again next year ... maybe with a charity component? We'll see. But right now I'm content to remember what a fun night we had. And I can't wait to go back to Target Field again ... maybe just to watch the game this time, though. Thanks everyone for coming along!!