The first time I showed in an art show was at the World Science Fiction Convention in 1998, Constellation in Baltimore, MD. I went about my business, being on the committee, and forgot about it.
One night I was found on the way to a party by Colette, who would become a good friend in later years. She had seen my quilted wall hangings in the art show and wanted to commission me to do a special one for her.
This was my first quilt commission. Instructions were to make it blue, about 40 inches square, and she liked stars. We corresponded by email over the course of a couple of months. And, here is the result.