Monday, May 21, 2012

Meet the Butlers

I knew when Amanda asked me to come to Quilt Market that I would get to meet some famous (to me) people. I had a list. I rehearsed in my head what I would say when I met these people that I had admired from the glow of my computer monitor. At the end of Saturday, I had met most of the people on my list. 

Most.

I found myself at the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild meet and greet on Saturday night. I chatted with some friends, old and new, and was prepared to just relax and let my aching feet have a rest. That was until the lovely Tara asked if I knew The Butlers were in the room. Would I like to meet them?

WOULD I LIKE TO MEET THEM? They were on the top of my list and I hadn't met them yet! Heck yes, I wanted to meet them! She took me over, tapped David on the shoulder and introduced me. As Jane. Normally, I would have given her a withering look and been ticked, but I was meeting DAVID BUTLER. I calmly said that my name was Jana, and that I was a huge fan of him and his wife. 

He said: "Oh, you like Parson Gray?"
I said: "Yes, I love it."
He said: "I wasn't sure if people would get it, you know?"
I said: "Oh, I got it."
Then he said: "Have you met my wife, Amy?" 
Then I shouted: "NOT YET!"

He then tapped the lovely and extremely tall Amy on her shoulder and introduced me. As Jane. I thought about letting it slide, but I corrected him with love and said, "Actually, it's Jana." I then proceeded to tell her what a huge fan I was. One of the first quilts I made had her fabric in it. It taught me about the superiority of designer fabric. It's still one of my favorites and is on my bed. Then, THEN, she wanted me to tell her a little about myself. Oh, I was in heaven. We chatted for a few more minutes, and then I said my goodbyes, as many more admirers were waiting for a chance to chat.

And then, AND THEN, Stephanie asked if I wanted my picture taken. I hesitated for a brief moment because, you know, I hate to be a bother. But then I went for it. I tapped David on his well muscled arm and asked if he and Amy would mind posing for a photo. Did they mind? Of course not. 


And then I made a fool of myself. With my arms around the Butlers, and their arms around me, I did a little shimmy shake and yelled: "AAAHH! I'M IN A BUTLER SANDWICH!" 

And then David told me he would remember me for a long time. 

My aching feet were forgotten. I practically floated for the rest of the night.

14 comments:

Jamie Lee said...

Oh that's funny! It's like meeting royalty!

Candice @ Made With Love said...

You hate to be a bother? You almost made crystal light go up my nose, as I was laughing so hard. Miss you!!!!!

Kell said...

OMG! It's a good thing I wasn't drinking anything when I got to the end or my laptop would have been wearing it.

Tara said...

Oh yeah! That was my asinine "how I met your mother" moment! Jane, my bad!!! It was just like you said! I almost wet my pants when you said you were in a butler sandwich!!!

Jackie said...

ditto what Candice said, and um, i kinda figured meeting me would rank way higher than the Butlers!

Caren said...

Too funny!!!!! The Butlers? I was so not prepared - you should have said THE Butlers!!! ;)

patty said...

I have no words. I love the picture of you in your Butler sandwich. You could do worse than be remembered by him for a long time.

Mama Pea said...

It was fun to see you realize this dream! :-)

seaschell said...

Best Quilt Market story ever!

Van Hauwaerts said...

HAHAHA oh your face is priceless! I don't even know who these people are, but you look like they are friggin' royalty! This made me laugh. I love it.

Brooke said...

love hearing your story again and again....miss you!!

Karen said...

What a lucky girl you are - this was a great story!!

amy smart said...

LOL!!! I love it. And that picture is priceless!!

I still haven't got up the courage to meet the Butlers (maybe next year?) but I really liked watching them from afar. Their so cute!

And I really liked meeting you! :)

Stacey from Two Writing Teachers said...

Great story and super-cute photo!

Love Amy Butler's stuff. She's awesome!