The Biggest Thing To Happen Yet

Have you ever held a secret so special that it feels like a tiny orb of light in your hands is trying desperately to escape? You want to set it free, but you know you need to let it grow just a little bit larger to make sure it’s real. Then finally, after what seems like a thousand lifetimes of eternity, it appears completely fulfilled, and both your fists are too small to contain it any longer. So you let it go, hoping its white brilliance will shine brighter to the world than it ever would have in your hands.

Well, Glitterati, it is time to let my kitty out of the bag, and I just know…
Do you recognise that sign? If you’re a Sydney-area quilter, you probably do. Or perhaps you’ve read Sunday Stash #27 from June 17, 2013 when I prophetically wrote:

After all this fabric shopping, I did wander through the quilt show featuring over four hundred quilts on display ranging from small, small minis to extra large super kings. However, I think most of them went fabric shopping at last years Quilt Fair, as most were just a bit drab and floral for my liking. There was some amazing technique, but goodness, let’s brighten this place up! One of the fabric vendors did say to me, “So we’ll expect to see your quilt in next year’s show.” Oh honey, that goes without saying.

So what’s going on!? Oh honey, you don’t know the half of it! I was recently contacted by one of the organisers of the Sydney Craft & Quilt Fair who wanted to know if I would be interested in speaking for a few hours at the event about my journey and my quilts!!! As soon as I read the email, I kinda saw bright lights, blacked out for a moment, then handed my phone to Mr. Sparkles and said, “Can you tell me what that says, because I think I must have had too much champagne.”
It wasn’t the champagne, darlings. They did indeed want Molli B. Sparkles as a guest presenter! I very quickly emailed back (mustn’t give them time to change their minds) with a resounding, “Yes! Yes! YESSSSS!!!” But this story doesn’t stop here. Oh no, no, no. After a few more email exchanges, it was decided that I needed to spend quality time with my people–you, the Glitterati–and the only way to do that was to have my own booth, for all. five. days. ::: WHAT::: That’s right: I have been gifted a rather large booth, at the very entrance to the Fair, where I can meet, greet, and blog you all five days long!
While there have, of course, in past years been other quilters in attendance with blogs, I am the first (and a guy, no less!) to be promoted as a Meet the Blogger type affair. I know I say it a lot, but HAVE. YOU. EVER. ?!()#*R%@#::!! So now, I’ve submitted photos for publication in their preview magazine, which will also detail my bio and the two floor talks I will be giving each day!!! Seriously, enough already! Then yesterday I interviewed with their media coordinator, and she asked, “How do you feel about doing radio?” Jaw: meet floor. I think I’m gonna need a J.Lo backup dancer to hold me up.
So now, I am in overdrive mode, trying to finish as many projects as I possibly can. My brain is spinning with booth ideas, because you know it has to be fabulous. Plus, I’m at the very entrance–no where to hide! I’ve got just a month to pull this together, as the Fair is July 9th-13th. Wish me luck and throw some sparkly fairy dust my way, because I’m gonna need every bit I can get. I do hope if you’re in the area that you’ll be able to come say hello. I want to meet the Glitterati, talk about my quilts, social media, and the amazing stuff that happens when they decide to party together!
That’s it for now, but I’ll keep you updated on any further news that comes my way!
Me. I Am Molli: The Sparkling Quiltese.

59 Responses

  1. Say whaaaaat?! Awesome job, come to Canberra. It's the same old every year. Love ya guts.

  2. Oh yay, yay, yay!!! Maybe an excuse to make the pilgrimage this year now 😉
    Huge high fives!

  3. It's going to be Sparkly Wonderful! You know it will be! Congrats!!

  4. Vera says:

    🙂 I wish I could come but I'm sure you'll give us all the sparkly details. Congrats! You are on roll!

  5. The O's says:

    Wooohooooooooooooooooooo! Yay yay yay. That's awesome and I did have an inkling a few posts back… well done you, that's freakin' awesome! I am sure you'll have lots of friendlies in the audience but I am happy to be there and even man your stall, just pop me into the schedule. Love you, love your work! xxx

  6. Love it! You'll bring so much sparkle they won't know what's hit them! 🙂

  7. Leigh Anne says:

    Freaking amazing! Wish you weren't on the other side of the world and I could come by to see your amazing sparkly booth 🙂

  8. *throws fairy dust all over the show* Amazing news. Sooooo many quilt and craft shows could do with a bit of sparkle and pizzazz and who better to spread it around?

  9. oops my ipad disobeyed me and I couldn't continue…new message. Sydney have it sorted!! Just need to get some modern quilt shops (and fabric) with booths and they will be on a roll. I can't wait to see what you come up with…especially the colours!! Love xxxx

  10. WOW! What an honour! You can totally pull together a booth and finish enough quilts in time- and you won't be needing any J.Lo back up dancers for help either, but they would be kinda fun in your booth.

  11. Fran says:

    Ooh, stupendously exciting news! It's such a great idea on their behalf, I'm sure you'll be personally responsible for a huge increase in numbers & will encourage an exciting & more modern-ish demographic. I'll be there for sure & I wasn't planning on visiting before your fabulous news. Well done you!

  12. Amazing! I'll be there for sure. Brand Molli is just going from strength to strength!

  13. Woohoo!!! I have no doubt you'll produce a showcase of sparkling colour in a month. Many congratulations!!!

  14. Anja says:

    Congratulations! I'm sure you'll be awesome.

  15. Charlotte says:

    that's so bloody cool! Shame Sydney is so far from London, or I would be there like a shot!

  16. memmens says:

    Eeeeeeeeeeekkkkkk that is awesome, and I love that you write 'yet' because you know there is more…

  17. Wowser!!! That is so exciting! I can see the glitter falling like rain in your booth!! Congrats!!!!

  18. Gina says:

    That is such great news! Wish I could come and meet you. ( and see the show) ha !

  19. Woo hoo! That's fantabulous! Congrats!

  20. Sooli says:

    That is legendary! So exciting for you, wish I was going (or maybe you were coming here to SA). You've come a long way baby, Grandma Sparkles must be thrilled for you too, after all she started it by inspiring you!

  21. Congrats Molli, that's truly great news, and well deserved. I look forward to seeing you in all your sparkling glory plus some of your favourite quilts I hope….in real life…no way!!

  22. Yay – sparkle on! So wish I could attend!

  23. Auntie Pami says:

    No wonder your head is ready to explode! Is the mr. Ready for this? How is grandma sparkles? I knew you were amazing! See… Big hugs and congratratulations! I wish I could come down to attend.

  24. Whoever thought up this idea deserves a medal!! Very exciting! Surely they can add Melbourne and make it a national tour?

  25. OPQuilt says:

    Judging from the slightly extrovert qualities of your blog (ahem) I think you will have a blast! Of course, you'll be bleating like a lamb at the end of each day (needing the Cone of Silence to recover perhaps) but this sounds like just the forum/thing/booth for you! Have a great time and I'll look forward to reading all about it!

  26. Kristy says:

    I think the heavens knew what they were doing when they sprinkled that glitter all over you all those years ago. I am so happy for you, that's an exciting adventure. Look out world, Molli takes Sydney…then the world!!!!

  27. That's the most amazing news!!! Congrats!

  28. Lee says:

    Well, OF COURSE they wanted you to speak, superstar! So exciting, congrats!! : )

  29. Congratulations!!!! You'll do great! Oh to live in Australia and be able to go…. 😀

  30. Congrats! That's awesome! If you work it – they (the offers) will come!!

  31. andpins says:

    Awesome news! Congratulations. I so wish I was able to teleport to attend! You'll rock it and I can't wait to hear all about it.

  32. Pat says:

    Congratulations hardly even covers it!! It just might be necessary to rent out the Sydney Opera House for a party!! Can hardly wait to see the pictures. Wish I could be there.

  33. Jess says:

    That's awesome! Congrats! And good luck at the show (like you need it!)

  34. Katy Cameron says:

    Ahh, we can say we knew you when… Congrats! I'm just hoping the great and the good of our 'local' quilt show (45 miels away in Edinburgh) eventually embrace the internet, never mind anything else lol

  35. Yaayy!! Congratulations!!

  36. Dawn says:

    OMG that's fantasmagorical you will be awesome …… and then Melbourne Craft Fair at the end of June?????

  37. Farm Quilter says:

    S.W.E.E.T.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Could not happen to a more deserving guy!!! If I'm going to get to meet you, you are going to have to embark on a world tour *sigh* guess I'll have to wait a year, right??? So very excited for you – this fits you like a bias-cut evening gown!!!

  38. As we New Englanders are known to say, that's wicked awesome!! I can't wait to read all about your fabulous five days!

  39. Di says:

    Oh Molli! How fabulous! I'll be there and I can't wait to meet you!

  40. Julie says:

    Congratulations – talk them into sending you to the Hamilton, NZ craft show too – then we can meet you as well.

  41. Paula says:

    You're going from strength to strength, and so well deserved. Congrats. Sending lots of sparkly fairy dust your way and a couple of magic unicorns too. That should help you in the busy weeks ahead.

  42. Emily C says:

    Oh, wow, no pressure there…
    Congratulations and don't let it drive you crazy getting everything created and picked out for the booth.

  43. Well, OBVIOUSLY. I am waiting for your QuiltCon workshop on ombré geese though. 2017?

  44. Leanne says:

    Pretty soon you will have a reality TV show if you are not careful. Congratulations, I know you will have a lot of fun and I am looking forward to the blog posts you write.

  45. Laurelle says:

    Congrats! Awesome news. Definitely make it a tour and bring the glitter to Melbourne. How great would that be! Hope it all goes well. Enjoy.

  46. amy says:

    omg i checked out of blog reading for like, a week, and 1.5 million things happened just on Molli Sparkles. seriously, congratulations on it all!!
    and, uh….how do you take such amazing selfies?

  47. dushamoya says:

    Let me know when the world tour happens. Lots of great shows in Texas I would totally drive 10 hours for!

    This is amazing, I'm so happy for you!

  48. Regina says:

    Wish this was in our neck of the woods. Congratulations, Young Man! You deserve this and now YOU ARE LAUNCHED. SO-o-o-o-o-o-o-o happy for you! Good Luck!

  49. Becca says:

    HOW exciting! That's so fun. Congrats.

  50. salamanda says:

    You always make me smile, congratulations

  51. Patti K says:

    Molli Sparkles…………….SUPER STAR!

  52. Kim B. says:

    Congratulations on this fantastic opportunity!! Clearly with your combined quilting and writing talents, you're a formidable force!!! Good for them for recognizing it and having you turn your writing into speaking!

  53. Amazaballs!!!!
    So proud of you and wish I could visit your booth!

  54. jeifner says:

    Fabulous. I wish you endless bounds of energy, patience and fortitude. With the glitter of creativity and "make it work." Congrats!

  55. Lisa S. says:

    Congratulations Molli!! Go and meet your public with all your sparkles showing!! I hope that you will be coming stateside at some point to continue the world tour as I know many that would be honored to be anointed with your sparkles! I'm sure you will be a force to be reckoned with and your booth will be grand! Will be waiting with baited breath for your posts each day!

  56. Congratulations, and good luck!

  57. So exciting!! Congrats, and well deserved. I'm sure it will be a success and you will have the best time. 🙂

  58. Pat V. says:

    You will be fabulous! (Aren't you always?) Wish I could be there!

  59. Gabriele says:

    I found your blog "by accident". And I enjoy it soooo much! Love your works and reading your posts – keep it that way.
    I wish you tons of fun – not only in the fair, but also in preparing it. (I had to organize exhibitions, booths etc for a company a while back and it is fun).
    And… I'll now go to my window here and send some sparkling glitter dust to you – and hope it'll arrive on time, as I live in good Ol'Germany.
    Congratulations – I'm looking forward to reading your posts on your experience.

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