a traveliing teacher has an adventure

Susan Brubaker Knapp leaf quilt
Susan Brubaker Knapps leaf quilt

Yesterday was a really full day.
Wake up – check
Find easy peasy breakfast food – check
Teach – Go Mini or Go Home ! – check
Have fun! – Check!
Pack up classroom – check
this includes fabric, rotary cutting mat, rulers, rotary cutter, fabric I’ve purchased – check
*note* place rotary cutter when I know I’ll remember where it is!
cookies I’ve purchased at Grubers – check
two more t-shirts that will be sent to: Donna, Pearl and Beverly – check

Diane SewBatik and meGo down to show floor to help Diane Magidson of SewBatik to tear down her booth. I will sometimes help Donna with tear down when I’m around – when you’re at a show by yourself as a vendor this is hard slog. Start playing Happy by Pharrell Williams and dancing in booth. And yes I did and no there’s no video.
In middle of tear down remember that I need to check in for my flight. Do that as quickly as possible. Diane gave some clear direction and off we both went, moving as quickly as possible. The room was so humid it seemed like it was going to rain.
Diane closed up the trailer just in time for it to start pouring. There were a couple of volunteers who helped with a lot of the heavy work and it got done much more quickly than expected.

when I got back to my room I started the to pack.
Hmmm, that’s odd. Where’s my rotary cutter and batting?
Keep packing.

Look through everything again. Can’t find the batting or the rotary cutter. At this point I’m figuring that I must have left them in my classroom.
Weird. I don’t remember doing that.

Shower, check email, look through backpack, tote bag, purse and teaching bag again. Nope Can’t find them.

Wake up bright an early this morning because I didn’t want to miss my shuttle to Minneapolis.
Look through bags again. Nope. Look through drawers…YES! found the batting and rearranged the larger suitcase to make it fit. Whew.
Still no rotary cutter. At this point I’m thinking it’s gone for ever.
This Olfa rotary cutter was probably the first one I purchased when I started quilting. We’d recently become reacquainted again when working on smaller projects like the ones for Go Mini or Go Home and it’s perfect for traveling.

Get on shuttle – whew! One big hurdle to my sweetie down and big sigh of relief.

Arrive at airport. I can get my boarding pass but I can’t check my bags.
Fine. I find someplace to sit that has power because my phone decides it likes to use a lot of power. Okay okay, facebooking and messaging for 2 hours might have had something to do with it. Maybe.
Finally I’m able to check my bags, get them through security and head upstairs for the TSA check point. I’m shuffling through my backpack looking for something else and I catch a glimpse of yellow, in an upper pocket. I look. Great! I’ve found my rotary cutter! Woohoo!
Perfect timing too, it was BEFORE my backpack when through the scanner. *Happy Note* I got a TSA precheck somehow so I didn’t need to take off my shoes! WIN!!!
So I get around the corner and start taking all the important stuff out of my bags: laptop, camera, phone, power cords. “Excuse me” I said to one of the TSA agents, “may I give this to you please? I didn’t realize it was in my backpack, I found it and thought I’d give it to you now.” I mean, why wait. Right?
So in one moment I was happy and thrilled I found my rotary cutter and happy and thrilled that I got to give the rotary cutter to the TSA without further trouble.
When I passed by him later he told me to have a good day. Note to self. Check All the pockets.
Ahhh the life of a quilting teacher…tis better to lose one rotary cutter than to …

Happy Quilting!

Teri

6 thoughts on “a traveliing teacher has an adventure

  1. I wonder if you could have just thrown out the blade but still kept the rotary cutter? – just a thought but probably too little too late! Sorry you lost your first rotary cutter. I still have mine too, maybe 20 years old?

      1. It actually sounds exactly like something I would have done, so it really was too funny. As an ER nurse, I could also appreciate the challenges with where to throw away a rotary blade safely at an airport so I am sure that you made the right choice, even if it wasn’t on purpose. Thanks for sharing!

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