Yesterday was very different. A lovely lady called Shirley came in, she had spoken to Joan last week, when I was out for the day, about some help with one of her projects and said she would come in again. She wanted to do flip and stitch (its approximately ten years since I have done any of this) and my brain went into shut down just like it does when you (or maybe its just me) enter an exam room.
Whilst she was drawing out her pattern I sat and did a run through which meant that I calmed down and my brain started to function again. Someone had suggested to her that she use a layer cake and that this would be the easiest thing to do for a first patchwork project (not Joan). As we were going through what she needed to do the lovely Ann Baxter came into the shop. Ann, for those of you who don't know her, is an excellent teacher and very talented. Before the shop opened I used to enjoy attending a patchwork group held at her home in Devon . This turned my brain completely to mush, it felt like being back in the classroom at college with an observer. I must stress that Ann would be mortified if she thought that she had made me react this way. Anyway I survived, Shirley went away with a nearly completed block and I headed for the Chocolate Box for a strong soya latte.
This may make me seem completely inept - I think I just like to be prepared, the cogs in my brain seem to take longer to connnect these days.