I have been having a lot of crazy dreams lately and I think it is because the horrible shooting that occurred in Parkland Florida. God bless all those that were murdered. The most recent dream really blew my mind and freaked me out. Ready? Here goes. Let me reiterate: This is a dream.
As you hopefully know by now, I am giving away sewing machines to people down on their luck or struggling in life (broadly defined by me). As I write this post, I probably have a pile of around 50-60 new requests for machines waiting to be reviewed and addressed. I continue to work through the pile when I can, but this is a marathon and not a race.
So I am in my bed sleeping and dreaming. Makes sense, right? The setting of the dream is the Quilt Market in Portland. By the way, please book your tickets for Quilt Market ASAP. I digress. So we are in the convention hall and everyone is doing their usual fabric selling stuff. You know, a lot of touching and fondling of fabric.
Me personally, I am at the FreeSpirit booth with all my newest designer bffs. I mean, Kaffe is there, Tula, Amy, AnnaMaria, Brandon and the rest of the dream team. Crazy that I met them in my dream before I met them in real life. How ironic?
As we chat along, I am approached by a young woman who I didn’t know and had never seen before. That woman asked if she could have a minute of my time. I realized quickly that she didn’t realize I was talking to the royal family of FreeSpirit because she didn’t even look at them or acknowledge them. How dare she? LOL. She was honed in on me. I was thinking that it was probably just another one of my crazy superfans who wanted an autograph or selfie. LOL AGAIN.
We step to the side and this young lady starts chatting me up about my sewing machine giveaway. She was very familiar with it. Out of nowhere the tone of the conversation dramatically changed and quickly. The girl became enraged and I couldn’t figure out what got in to her. She starts to flail her arms around in anger. This is when the dream took a turn for the worse. You may want to sit down.
She reaches in to her waistband in a very rapid movement. Holy crapamole! She’s got a freakin’ gun……at quilt market nonetheless. Then she blows me away with one shot to the heart. Blood is gushing all over the beautiful and plush quilt market carpet and all the booths. Here’s the best part, someone is working hard with her team to clean up the mess. I wonder what the dream interpreters would make of that. Anyhow, love you. You rock! I digress again.
It turns out that this young woman’s grandmother submitted a request to me for a free sewing machine. In an email I wrote to her grandmother, the grandmother thought I was blowing off her request and I wouldn’t grant her a sewing machine for some reason….omg a total misunderstanding? She misinterpreted an email that I wrote to her and thought she was out of the running and was super upset. Hence the shooting. The truth was, that in the email, I was just asking her for patience as I worked through the huge pile of requests. It turned out that her grandmother was next in line to get a machine. How ironic!
The moral of the story is don’t bring guns to quilt market. But seriously, don’t shoot me because then I can’t give away anymore machines. No, no, no! The real moral of the story is that after you submit a request for a sewing machine in the comments section of any of my blog posts, you need to be very patient with me. A sign that you will likely get a machine or at least a call to discuss with me your predicament is when I ask you for your email and phone number. That’s the tell. Watch for it and wait. No need to keep checking in with me as I have a great system to run the giveaway and it’s been working great.
With that, I thank you all for your support of the free sewing machine giveaway and my self proclaimed sewing revolution #sewrevolution. Please keep spreading the word about my giveaway as we are surrounded by tragedy and struggles. I plan to give machines away indefinitely as I am now totally committed.
Special thanks to Olfa for partnering with me and sending products to sewing machine recipients. I am proud to announce that they just extended their offer to supply notions to machine winners beyond the originally 50 that were promised. Way to get involved Olfa! Thank you for joining me to push the #sewrevolution agenda and truly stepping up. With that, aren’t there other companies out there that want to get involved with this novel idea? My door is open and I welcome discussions. I would love to have more partners to try to help to prop up our industry and those suffering in life.
In closing, please don’t get freaked out because this was just a dream. A DREAM! Yes, a dream. D—R—E—A—M! Don’t start spreading rumors that I got shot. And finally, I end with a question that I must keep repeating to my sewing revolutionaries…..what are you doing to support the sewing revolution and the downturn in the number of people quilting & sewing?
Have an amazing week.
This is Scott “I was NOT really shot” Fortunoff
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