Rain and luggage do NOT mix when traveling. In fact, I’ve thought about investing in hard-sided luggage when my suitcases give way. Even though I’ve scotch-guarded the outside of them every so often, especially during the winter rainy/snowy/wet months –if a soft sided suitcase or traveling quilt duffel bag sits on a wet belt or luggage truck when being transferred plane to plane, or from plane to baggage claim, water can still seep in.
I knew the bags were damp on the bottom when we loaded them into Carol’s car --- but luckily the quilts are packed INSIDE the large duffels with “extra tuff lawn and leaf bags” in pillow case fashion! One bag on one end, another bag at the other end, overlapping somewhere in the middle hoping to keep damp out!
And look.,…TSA left me another “Happy travels, we are so glad to see you” Notice! LOL! What do you think made them suspicious? Is it the clear acrylic rulers this time? or the fact that I had an ott type light with a cord, a travel iron with a cord, and all the other quilters paraphernalia that goes with going off for a retreat weekend? Never fear, this little TSA card will find itself being repurposed into more hexagon papers….
Nothing in the big suitcase was wet…but the duffels needed to be unloaded and dried over night! Where was I going to hang them??
How about the coat rack on the laundry room wall!?
I had to laugh as I came back in from dinner. This reminds me of some scene from “return of the body snatchers” and their pods! LOL!
But what’s worse is what the bag wrapped quilts looked like laying about on the sitting room floor!
I can hear it now! “Body #1 was found behind the recliner just past the front entrance, Sarge!”
“As for body #2? Hard to explain why it was right up against the entertainment center partly obscuring a bunch of quilt books, magazines and quilting games.”
Identities yet to be found, but all seem to be scrappy in nature!
All in all though…though I’ve thought and thought and searched about how to better transport these quilts, this just seems to be the best way I’ve found. I’ve seen some quilters using golf club cases..but those weigh so much. It would mean less quilts for the trunk show. To me a trunk show with 6 quilts is not MUCH of a trunk show! In this case, more IS better! As for the card golf travel cases -even though they have wheels, ((Which would be nice!)) you can’t get 50 lbs of quilts in one bag. And they charge you extra $$ for over sized luggage in some cases.
I can fly with 3 checked bags and no baggage fees if I keep going the way I keep going. So I’ll stick with this until something better comes along!