Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Sharing The Wealth

This is the haul, the booty, the swag, all spread out on my drafting table. There are indeed, many treasures. Sewing notions, notebooks, stationary, fat quarters, and assorted "white elephants." Barb and Mary of "Me and My Sister" raided a Pottery Barn sale table and brought their things gift wrapped. This was deemed by the rest of us as "showy." Kidding aside - nobody does presentation like Me and My Sister. Here are some of the Moda pre-cuts included in the haul. There are charm packs from BlackBird Designs, Brannock and Patek, and April Cornell. There is a Honey Bun of Sandy Gervais' "Zippety Doo Dah".

Did I tell you about my flight home? It was fine, except for the extensive security check in Kansas City by TSA. I was patted down, asked questions and my carry-on was opened and examined. Was my number up? Did something in my demeanor say I was up to no good? Actually, I think it was the "weapons" given to me by Barb and Mary. Thanks ladies!!!!! Make a comment about your favorite treasure or share a security story and you will be in the running for the Honey Bun and the Charm Packs. I will draw from all comments made before midnight Thursday March 26th. Happy Trails.

Laurie

126 comments:

lesthook said...

The bobbin savers are a wonderful invention! One of my favorite treasures!

Lauren said...

A few years ago, I was travelling to Chicago with my 85 year old mother in a wheelchair and my 12 year old niece. We were "non-revenue" passengers. (Another niece works for an airlnes.) Now, how many 85 year old terrorists do you know? Maybe they thought the 12 year old was a decoy. The TSA darn near strip searched us...LOL! (lauren@centurytel.net)

Margaret said...

Love the pretty water bottle! And are those quilt squares I see? :D

Ruth B said...

Security story - I am a midwestern, blonde, blue-eyed grandma. My husband is 6'4", bald, big, mafioso type guy. Almost every time we fly somewhere I get pulled out of the line and they check my bag, frisk me and generally make me feel like a terrorist. Have there been blonde, blue-eyed grandmother terrorists and I haven't heard about it? My husband just stands there watching and says things like "what have you done now?". NOT HELPFUL. We should not crack wise at airports nowdays.

suz said...

I don't have any security stories, mostly because I'm afraid to fly! I do have a treasure - my Omni 1x6 ruler - probably one of the most useful tools I have aside from my rotary cutter. Somehow I've managed to mislay 3 of them (probably sitting in WIP project bags). I had quite a bit of time trying to find some on the internet. Finally found a site and bought 5 - I'm taking no chances!

Sue said...

I love the little globe bank. I had one just like it when I was growing up. Could never seem to save much money in it...it was too easy to get the money out of the bottom and spend it!

Helen said...

That is quite an assortment of treasures. I especially like the sunglasses and the notebook with the quilt cover.

Diane Gill said...

One thing I have learned about traveling is do not change your flight when you are at the airport. My husband and I were flying to France and because of bad weather, we had to change our flight. Because my husband is a Platinum flyer, we just goes through the regular security. I not only had the wand, but they had to physically touch me with gloved hands. I do not want to go through that again!

Holly C said...

I absolutely love charm packs. They give you the whole fabric line without breaking the bank. They are my new favorite "treasure".

Screen Door said...

My favorite is the charm packs or honey buns. OK, I have a security check story. I went through an airport in Portland,ME and was completely frisked because supposedly they told me my underwire bra was setting off the metal detector. Never happened before-- never happened since. I was on a business trip with 7 men so you can just imagine the harrassment I endured afterward....Hey, What we go through in the name of safety....

Sherri said...

My favorite one of your treasures is the honey bun...but I also love the Christmas pin cushion and the log cabin journal...what a fun bunch of things!

pdudgeon said...

i have a lot of treasurers, but one of my newest ones is something i found on the web--a color portrait of my great, great grandfather. I made a copy of it and sent the copy to my father who is 91 years young. It was the first time he had ever seen a picture of his great grandfather, and the resemblance between them was very marked indeed.

Dandelion Quilts said...

Last time we were at the airport....with the kid even....we were randomly picked to be patted down. THRILLING. I was in a mood and I told my husband it was all his fault and his stupid last name. LOL He knew I was teasing.

Gracie said...

I've been claustrophobic since I was a kid. On a return trip from my daughters I thought I could handle flying in the cabin rather than first class. Gets to be mighty expensive. Did good until some idiot in front of me put his seat back and the panic set in. Now mind you, they were still boarding the plane and without a word to the hubby I just got up and barrelled to the front to exit all the while holding my BIG purse across my chest. Told the steward I was having a massive panic attack and ran off the plane with the poor hubby in tow without a clue as what the heck was going on. I made it to the desk before my legs gave out and proceeded to hyperventilate. When I finally got my breathing under control I looked up to see four security guards circling around me. I did make it back on the plane after paying for first class and being escorted on by the security and my poor husband. We laugh about it now but he sure wasn't laughing then. I only floy first class or better yet drive.

Diane said...

My husband and I are coming home from Ireland after 16 days with 107 band students. The flight from Ireland is delayed by 7 hours due to "mechanical difficulties". We finally make it to Boston but were told we would have to run to the connecting flight as they would not hold it for us. So we take off running and get in the security line and are all but strip searched. We are patted down, questioned apart from each other, bags gone through, etc. I finally asked what the problem was and was told we were targeted becasue we were late and running to a flight. We finally got home just to learn that our luggage was routed wrong in Boston. LOL It arrived two days later. I'm glad it was only dirty clothes. :)

Kathy said...

I was on my way home from Houston Quilt Festival 2 years ago. Had my stuff in my little bin, and ready to go through the 'portal'. The guy in front of me was not quite as prepared as I was. Thank Heavens...he took his shoes off, put them in the bin... and nearly blew me away with the most awful smell...security wisked him through, I think just to get his shoes back on. And I was holding my nose and almost gagging...I think they felt sorry for me...and let me go fast, as well.

My favorite gadget is the Bobbin Saver Rings. I have all 3 colors...blue for regular bobbins, blue for machine quilting thread bobbins (mostly variegateds) and purple for any others that don't fit the red or blue category! I have 3 blue and 2 red!

Sounds as though all you designing ladies are such good friends. There must have been lots of fun and brainstorming!

Thanks for the giveaway!

Claudia said...

Last September we were going on a trip with my mom, dad sister, & brother in law. When we were leaving my Dad always gets checked because he has a electric stimulator, but this TSA agent I think went a little to far. He checked my Dad VERY CLOSE. Here's my husband, mom & myself in total shock. After it was over my Dad told us he felt violated. He said "I think he takes the job a little to serious". We joked about the whole thing during to trip. As a matter of fact we still bring it up.

Tracy said...

Shortly after 9/11 my husband and I made a last minute trip to see my parents in Southern California (we live in Northern California). My husband being an avid golfer brought his clubs in their travel bag along with us. We got tagged and pulled aside for one of those "I don't think we know eachother well enough for this kind of familarity" security checks. My husband is a pilot in the Air Force with all sorts of security clearances so you would think that would qualify us for an exemption but it did not. When the security guy got to the travel golf bag he very quickly and with a panicked tone told us not to open that because if the clubs had any fertilizer on them it would set off all the alarms and cause a jam in the process. They never even scanned or looked in the bag. They finished checking us out & sent us on to our flight. As my husband and I walked away we were both flabbergasted that the guy would skip a bag and give out what seemed to be sensitive security info...if someone wanted to get something onto a plane all they had to do was put it in a travel golf bag. They have since revised this policy, which is good. Anyhow, that's my little security story...would love to be entered into the draw!

Charlotte said...

We were on our way to Hawaii for my daughter's wedding. She and her fiance were traveling on the same plane. I had a box of photo frames shaped like "Hawaiian vacationers" with the guests photos in them which would be the place markers at the wedding dinner. A surprise for my daughter. Of course, they stopped me and wanted to examine the box. My daughter later asked why I was stopped. I made up something because I didn't want to ruin the surprise. And it was a fun surprise!

Charlotte

Z Family said...

OH MAN! Here I am, by myself (hubby had to stay home) with a one year old, a diaper bag (loaded with liquids and snacks), two carryons, a stroller and car seat to take on the plane. I was already at the end of my rope with the whole traveling 'experience' and stinkin TSA would not help me one bit. They required me to hold my one year old in one hand, collapse the stroller and lift it onto the scanner belt upside down (28 pounds mind you and oh so bulky), the same with the car seat, load ALL of the bags on the belt, take out all of the liquids and try them myself (breastmilk... yucK!), remove my belt and shoes... THEN I had to put everything back together again. Did I fail to mention the large line of people behind me asking me to hurry up multiple times. Seriously saying... come on already lady! Needless to say, it was a HORRIBLE experience! Love the swag stash!! Charm packs, jelly rolls and honey buns are my ab fav!

Gretchen said...

I always get stopped and checked when I'm traveling. One time I was stopped in Detroit and my bags searched because I had a (metal) teapot in my bag. It was a great find on sale, you know how that is. Well the security person said "Is that a teapot?" And I replied "Of course, don't you travel with your own teapot?" He just looked at me funny and then took everything out of my bag. Some people just don't understand great vintage finds.

Mimi said...

I'm not a great flyer, but coming home to MI from St. Louis where I attended an online quilt retreat and where I had won a door prize made by one of the gal's husband (a wood horse w/wheel that kids ride on), I was in a panic trying to get my shoes and carry ons into baskets to go through security. The horse went through first and I am worrying about all my stuff when security comes up to me and asks me something. I get that wide-eyed look like I have done something wrong and she asks again if I had checked a horse. I said yes and looked at the guy ahead of me wrapping the straps of his bag around my horse. Believe you me...I grabbed my horse, shoes and belongings in a huff and took off for my flight. Good thing security was watching out or I would have come home minus my horse!

Tami in Tucson said...

My favorite treasures are my memories - my memories of loved ones (2legged and 4 legged) loved and lost but not forgotten - from the love of my life, Micah, my arab horse that I had for 17 years to my Daddy who died at the tender age of 50 yrs, and the last 2 yrs i spent with him were the best we had together - I guess when u pretty much know u are dying....

to my loived ones today my mom and best friend and quilting partneer in crimne to my tow boxer dogs (one newly adopted from the humane society) who always know how to cheer me up!

Oh were we suppose tp do q2uilty memorreis - the only quilt i fiished in record time and gave to my mom about 3 christmasaas ago - she cried - i cried! Every time i see that quilt hanging in her house , I comment on how much i like my quilt - oh i mean your quilt MOM!!!

Tami

mamabug said...

My cats are my treasures. I have one that truly believes my robe is her mama (I think) every morning and evening she gets on my lap. If I happen to have my robe on she purrs and licks my shoulder. If I'm in my street clothes she lets me pet her and off she goes. This has gone on since we got her at 6 weeks and I laugh and love it :) My children are pretty great treasures also (te he) Kathie

Audrey said...

One time we took hot dogs (a local brand) to some friends in SC. We did get a lot of strange looks for that! It was before 9-11 so it really wasn't a big deal. It was funny tho! And I also traveled with my 80 year old parents, my daughter, and her 1 year old and they picked my dad out for extra searching! Now why...???
I love the charm packs! You did get a lot of great goodies.
abretz@roadrunner.com

Sinta said...

My husband worked for Lockhead-Martin after 9/11 and was in charge of re-doing all the airports in central U.S. I was in Wyoming to visit him and I set off the detector when I was leaving to go back home due to the many silver braclets that I was wearing. He was, needless to say, embarassed. Your treasures are wonderful! I think the sunglasses are awesome and the pincushion out of your fabrics are adorable... but I do love those little birds... are they name holders?

Minick and Simpson said...

Sinta

The birds are "pie birds". You put the top crust around the feet (the rest of the bird is on top of the pie) and it allows the steam to escape. It helps so your pie doesn't boil over. I have never used one. Actually, the only pies I make are one crust pies - not a double crust. I will have to try one.

Laurie

Becky said...

My favorite treasure (at this very moment) is my "new hip." It was difficult walking before my surgery 6 months ago. This "treasure" has made something as ordinary as walking something I am grateful for. Of course, I haven't flown yet. The metal in the hip should get off all the security devices :)

dorthac@aol.com said...

My favorite thing would have to be my rotary cutter. I sure do like it better than scissors. Would love to be entered. So nice of you to share,

Maria said...

I like the Jan Patek Girl Gang bag. I did a quilt for her for a book a bunch of years ago. Jan is one crazy lady!!! Anyone in her gang would have a blast!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

My favorite treasure is the doll quilt my grandmother made for me 55 years ago. Since she passed away only 3 years later, it is the only physical memory I have from here. The embroidery, colors and hand stitching have alway been my inspiration. Thank you for asking about this so I can again remember.

LauraT said...

I have to agree the bobbin savers are wonderful as is the clover yoyo maker as I had to make 18 of those recently! As for a security story - it happened to my husband today as he was leaving Seattle airport bound for Spokane and he makes some comment about why a group of people got to bypass security. Of course they then turned to him and decided he was a security risk and then he got patted down, scanned, etc... and given the lecture of we don't want any disturbance from you etc..... So he told me he is never flying again! LOL
Laura T

ytsmom said...

Love the squirrel candle holder! And the pie birds.

acecraig100 said...

Last year my husband and I had the opportunity to travel to Boston. On the way home, I decided to wear my favorite capris. Never once thinking about the decorative buckles on my pants. Well, I couldn't pass the metal detector. My husband was ahead of me when he turns around to see where I am. Of course, I've been escorted over to the private booth to be patted down. Anyhow, we get a good laugh when every I wear those capris now.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

My hubby was on a business trip in Dallas and on his return he was pulled out of the line in security. The TSA person was very nice, and informed my dh that he had a small knife in the bottom of his briefcase. My dh realized that he had forgotten that it was there. The TSA person just told my dh that he had enough time til his flight to take the knife back to his vehicle. My dh just looked at the guy and said, "you don't understand. My truck is in Florida!" The TSA guy got real quiet and quickly got some forms, started asking my dh when he came from FL, which flight, what time did he go through security, etc, etc. They were a little upset to say the least.

The Winn's said...

My favorite treasures would have to be the antique sugar chest that I got for Christmas when I was 20 and two paintings framed in barnwood that my paternal grandma did before she passed away. I have made the three a set and they are a beautiful focal point in my home. I have pictures of them on my blog.

Ginny Worden said...

Coming home from Tennessee, are flight arrangements where changed, so we were taken to the front of the security line, and patted down in the open, and then sent off to catch our flight. It was funny, and interesting, and a wee bit mortifying at the same time, but certainly memorable.

magnhild said...

Love girl trips... the jelly roll would be the treasure I covet... No security stories to share, but back when we used it live in Houston and flew north to Minnesota & North Dakota for Christmas we frequently got stranded in the Thunderbird Hotel courtesy of NorthWest airlines... which always meant after our shower that we washed our underwear in shampoo/dryed them with the dryer to feel marginally clean the next day... until we learned to carry a change of clothes just in case! Thank goodness we live close to family and don't have to fly much anymore!

Kwiltsfl said...

Airport security: I made it from Florida to Houston and on to Colorado - then, on the return trip, back to Houston before they realized I had pepper spray on my key chain - and confiscated it.

Of your treasure pile, I like the little anchors and the pile of fish dishes? (they look like aluminum or an alloy - I can only see half of them) and, of course, the fabric.
Karen

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Ok so my husband and I were going to Hawaii when the beginning of the Sept. 11 security stuff started. He forgot he had his favorite pocket knife in his pocket.So security pulled him aside, said he's have to go outside and have someone meet him to pick up the knife or throw it away. He proceeded to the mens room, tucked the knife in the toilet seat cover compartment in a handicap stall. After coming back two weeks later, his knife was waiting for him. Guess we know Men dont care about using those seat covers. Thanks for doing the give away.

Brenda said...

I love all gadgets and gizmos but none in particular. I try not to get too attached to any one gadget as it might get lost or misplaced so I pretty much stay away from getting too worked up about any of them. My favorite one is my next great find, LOL!

Kathie said...

my favorite treasure is a wooden sewing box my friends husband made for me
It is a reproduction of an antique one they own.
It is amazing and so beautiful with the carvings and the faux painted handle.
Now of course I don't use this it sits in my living room and I look at it every day in awe that I own this and he made it for me.

What fun you all had at your retreat. what fun surprises you all received.
Kathie

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

Such a great haul of stuff! I don't travel much; I live my excitement through others. Please include me in the giveaway; I love everything!

eek said...

Love the honeybuns............ I can tell you the rudest airport security was at the international terminal in Dallas Texas. The security inspectors were screaming at the poor people who couldn't speak English...it was very stressful and I was very embarrassed that these were Americans that were so rude!
Lisa

Kim H said...

2 years ago flying to New York City(not having flown in a LONG time) I got to the airport (45 miles away) and realized I forgot my Drivers License. You guessed it, I had a special code put on my boarding passes so at every airport I was totally frisked down. I am so glad my 76 yr old Mom and 2 sisters got such a kick out of this. I was also glad I did not know a soul at any time which would have added to my embarrassment. Hope you enjoyed your trip. Aren't Lynne's accomadations great???

sandi said...

ahh security! my new mom/nursing daughter just flew to new orleans with a nursing pump in her carry-on. Definitely caused a ruckus at security but her hubby would calmly say "it's my wife's BREAST pump" and they would scurry them right through! love those charm packs! setelzrow@grandecom.net

Melissa said...

When we went to Ohio, my youngest sister got chosen for the random security check. She was only about 15 years old and she had to go to the bathroom so bad. The guy made her take her sweatshirt off, and so she decided to make it fun. Keep in mind that we are from Vegas, she started singing some stripper music and and taking off her sweatshirt! The guy didn't know what to do and told her she didn't have to do the security check any more! The look on his face was priceless! We still laugh about it to this day!

pat sloan said...

what lucky girls you are!

Sarah said...

Maybe they heard you say something about cutting something up into little pieces?
Quilters are notoriously dodgy characters!

Dawn Heese said...

I live a couple hours from the KC airport so it is my airport of choice. Last time through I had to practically strip to my bra and jeans. I don't know what they were looking for.

Anonymous said...

Love your goodies! Guess I don't have any airport stories but I'd love to win! Thanks for the great fabric designs! Terry

SheilaS said...

Your trip sounds like lots of fun and many laughs. I loved all your booty, but really I think the best treasure was the little chickie egg cup. How cute!

Suzanne G said...

Leaving to go to Vegas from OKC sometime after 9/11 and before we are even in security my mom was getting worried about the check point and says out loud, "it isn't like I have a bomb or anything". My sister and I about tackle her to the ground and make her promise to not open her mouth until she was on the airplane. Luckily we made it w/o incident. Memories.

Quilt Hollow said...

Oh the stories I could tell ya! My DH is a BAO (Bomb Appraisal Officer) who helps train TSAs. How about a chain saw containing oil and gas in a piece of luggage to protein drink powder in another that WILL set off alarms because of "an ingredient." Here's another..the airport is a near a convention center. A bunch of gals in town for a cosmetic gig....they all scored real big on some very pricey lotions and the like...only to find out you can't take them on the plane in a carry on! The airport ended up with tubs and tubs of their goods that ultimately have to be destroyed. Then one in my very own family...who should have known better! Son #1 thought carrying FOUR bottles of Green Tea through TSA would be ok. DUH!!

L. Gray said...

I have not used a honeybun, and would like to try one sometime (it COULD be my favorite thing after I try one!). I adore the little pie birds, I have one that's the traditional black with yellow beak and it reminds me of the good things of bygone days.

Stacey said...

my favorite treasure would be my family, safe, healthy, happy. oh yeah, and my sewing room!!

Hannah said...

This isn't an airport security story, but a security story nonetheless. I teach English at a high school in Kansas and today we had a bomb threat that emptied the school and forced all the students home. We, the teachers, had to go back to work after the building was cleared by the bomb squad. It was quite a day!

TammyR said...

Oh, I think I could write about both! One of my favorite treasure finds was an old sewing box at an antique store. It had so many buttons, all sorted in neat pill boxes and plastic containers. Various lace pieces, etc, etc. It was so much fun to go through. Then, I found a piece of paper and the words to a hymn written in what appeared to be an elderly person's writing. It was so sweet and touching! To think of all the things she sewed!

TammyR
tammy.robbins@ymail.com

Betsy said...

Funny! Security always makes me ill when I am flying with my two sons (1 and 2). I am trying to take everyones shoes off, fold a stroller, wipe noses, get the bags, pull out our tickers, dig out the bottles, and get frisked, all the while trying not to lose my children. YUCKY! Why frisk a mother of two boys?

Kristy said...

Traveling from Amsterdam to Minneapolis I was actually chewed out for taking off my shoes in the security line- "For *** sakes KEEP THEM ON!" Everyone ahead of me had thrown them in their basket so I was just jumping on the bandwagon!

Alice S said...

I was flying out of Boston Logan airport after running a marathon. The security guys were terribly interested in my carry-on backpack while it was in the x-ray machine (or whatever that thing is). They kept having people look at it. As it turns out, the big hunk of metal they were worried over was my marathon finisher's medal.
Hope I win!

Jessica said...

Once I flew with a 3 year old, a 1 year old and a 6 month old alone. (once is the key word here) They made us all take off our shoes, emptied the diaper bag and double stroller, and then they used the hand held metal detector on me. When it was through there wasn't one of us who wasn't crying or almost crying. ( =

Fun giveaway!

Liz said...

Running late for the airport and moving home for the summer I emptied out my dorm room drawers into my carryon.. oops i hade a pair of nail scissors in my bag.. and they had to search for it. And my bag was a mess.. much easier than traveling with babies but that's what happened to me.

Anne said...

My favorite treasure is my son Charlie. He was involved in a security story - sorta. When he was in first grade he took a small yellow squirt gun to school in his pants pocket. When he realized this, he went directly to a teacher. He was taken to the principal and I recieved a call that he would be suspended on a "weapons charge". He is 17 now.

Anonymous said...

The pie birds are adorable! Makes me envision a hot cherry pie cooling on a window sill at grandma's house.
Barb

52knit4 said...

My current favorite treasure is my camera phone...because no matter what I see I can take a picture and dissect it when I get home and calm...memory ain't what it used to be....love that loot!

ske3my said...

you sure got a lot of great things .. i really like that squirrel candle holder and the pie birds .. the pincushion looks really nice also .. karen ca

Becky said...

I don't do the flying thing, so no security story for me.

My 2 favorite treasures are a quilt made by my grandmother, and a white cotton crocheted bedspread made by my great-grandmother. They are both beautiful and it would truly break my heart if anything ever happened to them.

brodiefiles said...

A traveling companion had her luggage checked, in front of her, on our way home from Japan. The lady checking kept holding things up and making comments! She she thought the girls bra was pretty, thought the 18" King Kong stuffed animal was ridiculous, etc. Would love to win some fabric!

Abby said...

Just traveled to Hawaii with my 1 year old. They check your id 3 times in a 10 foot move. It's amazing how secure they are in the Maui airport!

Donna Joy said...

Love all the wonderful treasures you have collected, only to be so generous to give it away. I don't have a security story, but I do have a treasure. My treasure is having my grandmothers homemade pincushion and all the memories I have of my grandmother sewing quilts. I am proud to take after her in the love of sewing,fabric and quilting.

~Michelle~ said...

It's my story exactly, but my husband & I give the "ultimate ice cream scoops" as standard wedding gifts. Anyway, hubby was going to Denver for work, and also brought the ice cream scoop plus ice cream dishes with him to give to a friend as a wedding gift. Needless to say, TSA had to stop him for the unusual x-rayed object in his bag. One time, I inevitably buried my large-barrel curling iron in the bottom of my bag, which caused a lot of consternation for the TSA - "are you sure that isn't an aerosol can?" - nope, I don't use hairspray! Oh geez, I can keep going... when we were flying thru London, the nice old man security officer requested to do a swab test on my liquids. When my face wash came up a non-threating, he asked me to describe what the item was - "face wash" was my response, and the poor Brit was just very confused my that answer...

Carol said...

Cool Stuff! I like the Zippity Do Dah honey bun. I've met the Me and My Sister ladies, they are very nice. I got their autographs too.

Donna said...

A few years back I travled quite a few places, and every one I was flaged. Just about stripped searched and padded down in front of everyone.
The guy before me was taken off with handcuffs. It got where no one wanted to travel with me.

Mary said...

my favorite thing is a chicken on a nest glass candy holder. It still has the candy in it and it was my dear sweet grandmothers. Grandma was born in 1894 and got it for Easter as a little girl. I loved seeing it every time I visited her and it has a place of honor in my house

Chantie said...

Definitely the pincushion--that is gorgeous! Unfortunately(?) I've never had a problem getting through airport security--but from the responses, some folks have had it rough--sorry to hear that! Thanks for the entry, Chantie B.

Anonymous said...

I remember back in the day when things were alittle more lax at the airports...I was at business training in Schaumburg IL & went to O'Hare with my roommate to p/u my sister who was visiting for the weekend...not wanting to waste the drinks we brought with us from the hotel happy hour we put them on the security belt to check through...we all had a good laugh over that, including the security personnel - today we would probably be shipped off to Siberia!
-DianeM :)
basketblessed@yahoo.com

Janet said...

I don't fly a lot but every time I've been through the KC airport they are a little more "picky" than others. The only times I've ever been pulled out of the line were there. I've learned to never wear a jacket or sweater over a tank top or camisole that you don't mind being seen in!

Vicky said...

What a haul! Sounds like you had a blast!

lambie-pie said...

One time I kept setting off the metal detector and I couldn't figure out why. Then finally I realized that deep in my pocket was a carseat locking clip! Another time, they took away my sweet Grandma's mini sewing scissors that she always carried in her purse! And finally, once I dropped my husband off at the St. George, Ut airport (which is tiny). He then realized that he had a swiss army knife in his bag. He left it in a planter outside the airport and then called me and told me where it was. I went back the next day and it was still there!

Rose Marie said...

Last year, I had the dilly of a time getting through the security tunnel. Something went off and the security lady kept wanding me and sending me back through the tunnel and finally had to pat me down. As my face was getting redder and redder, she finally gave up as she couldn't find anything. While I was waiting for the rest of my group to join me, an elderly man came up to me and made a comment about 'whatever weapon you have on you, it sure must be a good one'. Needless to say, I won't be wearing that outfit again if I ever have to fly.

Laurie said...

My treasure was in a box. My grandmother passed away a few years ago and I was given all her boxes filled with material. Not all material! I found 20 squares of redwork that she had done but didn't get to put into a quilt! OH, my! What a treasure!
I haven't gotten around to sewing it yet, but I will.
Glad you had fun on your trip!

benjean90@comcast.net

Rachel said...

Ooh, it all looks so good! This is very thoughtful of you to put this all together.

Meghann Stephens said...

I'm not much of a flyer and the few times I did fly there were no issues thank heavens:) It looks like you made a great haul as you put it:) I would love a chance to win your giveaway what quilter doesn't have enough fabric???

(toneyandmeghann@aol.com)

Kaye said...

My favourite treasure would have to be my sewing machine. It's older (Singer Stylist 513), but my Grandmother gave it to me. She's also the one that taught me how to sew and so that makes it very special.

I don't have any interesting security stories for myself, but I'll share a friend's. My friend was at the airport going through security and no one could figure out why the metal detector kept going off when he went through. Finally, after quite a few attempts and scary scrutinizing looks from the security guards, it dawned on him what it was. He says, "I'm sorry guys, I forgot that I have metal rod in my leg!" Obviously they were really skeptical about him "forgetting" about the metal rod in his leg, but he was able to get through. That one always cracks me up (it's probably a better story when he tells it).

Great giveaway, keep up the good work!

Maggi said...

The egg cup is ADORABLE, definitely not a white elephant. And I was privilidged enough to hear Susan's stories about her weekend with y'all! Oh my, sounds like a ton of fun. As for the KC airport, I have flown in and out of there quite a few times, I often wonder if they are not just looking for a little excitement! I always have something checked or rummaged through or have to pass through the security three times before it lets me pass!?! Thanks for sharing your pictures and tales.

kelley said...

The notebook with the log cabin patch cover caught my eye first, then the 4 patch blocks next to it...simple blocks are my favorite...never saw a bobbin saver before...now they are on my list of must haves...

Looks like a fun trip!

Wendy said...

No security stories here either. Never flown! One of my favorite treasures is a tiny Singer sewing machine that belonged to my grandmother, who was born in 1914. I am so grateful that I saved it before my mom passed away!

m e l said...

When I was coming home from a trip to Guatemala, there was a group of kids on a mission trip that were on my flight. They couldn't figure out why they wouldn't let them take their souvenir machetti's on as carry-on items. Poor kids. I thought it was kind of funny.

Nancy said...

I found your fun blog from Camille's.
My security story happened when I was in high school. A friend and I were flying across the country to visit friends shortly after 9/11 when security was really high. Well I got stopped and had my carry-on checked before we boarded almost every flight. I guess I looked really suspicious.
Thanks for the giveaway.

Thimbleanna said...

Right after 9/11 an AA agent tried to tell me I couldn't take my fingernail clippers on board (that's what I use for scissors for my hand sewing.) I very nicely told her "why don't we let security decide". As I left her desk, I could hear her calling security and describing me in her tattletale voice. I sailed through security, as I knew I would. When I got to the gate, there was the same goofy agent, now doing random inspections and I knew I'd be flagged. I just handed her the clippers and said, "here I'll save you searching for them" but I was insistent that I could take them. After 5 minutes of whispering into the phone she must've been told I was right 'cause she gave up.

Anonymous said...

The metal water bottle would have to be my favorite treasure. What a ton of wonderful things! There are some funny security stories here!

Shannon
shannon.godfrey@hotmail.com

sndy1 said...

I don't fly often so thankfully don't have any 'security' stories to share. My favorites are charm squares and jelly rolls.

Amy said...

Just got back from Fla and I was amazed how even small children know what to do at the screening stop. A 4 year old was in front of me with a Superman suitcase on wheels. He just swaggered up to the belt, put Superman on for a ride, took his shoes off and put them in the bin and strolled through the metal detector. Such a professional traveler....and soooo cute!

scottylover said...

I'm not a frequent flyer (it's been probably 8 years since I've flown anywhere) so no security stories here. I do have a "treasure" in my 6" square up ruler. I love it and it makes my quilt blocks come out the correct size. I can't imagine working without it!

seemommysew said...

I had a fun time on my first airplane flight heading off to college. I didn't know what I was doing and had packed my carry on full of everything....very heavy and very messy. Well, they saw something in there that made them suspicious, so they opened it and started emptying it out. It turned out to be a stapler (back when that was ok to carry on board!), but it was very embarressing to have all my personal things emptied out on the counter in front of my family and friends!

Anne said...

My treasures are my two boys, and my new little one soon to come, My sewing machine, new swimsuit from lime ricki. I'm ready for summer! thanks for the giveaway!

Kandra said...

My treasure - other than family/friends - has to be my wedding band we barely could afford when we bought it from WALMART of all places :D But I love it and the person who gave it to me dearly!

Anonymous said...

My new (old treasure) is a set of red wine glasses that my Dad gave to my Mom the year I was born (1962). My Dad died last year and my Mother finally gave them to me. I won't even drink out of them, they are so pretty. I might display them in my dinning room soon.

Pamela

~D Spack~ said...

I just flew this week and last. I noticed how loose security was at the 2 airports. Luckily I don't have a bad story to tell, just glad we got through it fast or we may have missed our flight! Thanks for a great giveaway!

Kristin said...

I do not have many flight stories since I was 27 when I flew on a plane for the first time last year. My husband took me because he knew that was one of the things on my to do before I die list. I liked the trip there but on the way back I got so sick I don't know if I will be flying again.

Karen said...

Quilters security nightmare story - I'd been in Dallas where I purchased my first pair of Gingher handwork scissors. Innocently I'd put them into my carryon bag. The security man saw them, seized them and GLEEFULLY threw them into the garbage. The hurt is still with me today and that was five years ago!

Cheri Cerny said...

My favorite are the red, yellow and blue items that look like young birds with their heads held up to their mother for the newest spring worm... AND even though there is snow outside my window, it melts faster because spring IS HERE!!! (now, tell me what they really are and I will feel pretty stupid but hey, it's what I see... kinda like those b/w pictures you try to figure out).

yellow said...

I LOVE ZIPPITY DOO DAH!!

When I was on my way to visit my cousin in GA I had my 4 month old in a snuggly because I was told that it was easier than a stroller. Well she was asleep and they made me take her out. No one offered to help me. So she's out and the snuggly was still attached to me, she's screaming and they want me to put her shoes through the machine. then they discussed opening up the lining of my snuggly! I look like an honest person and I am! But I guess they thought otherwise! p.s. they were all women--they only let me go when a male guard came over and said that I looked harmless and he offered to take my baby so I could re harness myself--I guess he couldn't resist my beautiful baby girl and a frantic first time mom.

Thanks for the chance to win1
Kelly O.
skotten at distributel dot net

Shari said...

I love the following treasures from that picture: The pincushion, the fat quarters, the precuts from Moda, the pie birds and the bobbin saver. Is that a cookbook? I adore cookbooks! It is hard to chose just 1 favorite. I whould tell you that I had spinal surgery and as a result am an official card carrying titanium recipient. I have to show the card every time I go through a security scanner because I can set it off! Depends on how sensitive they have set it though, lol.

Nova0437 said...

My new(ish) sewing machine!
amaryllis_wings@yahoo.ca

urban craft said...

Love the water bottle. WAs coming home from London to O'Hare and had one big bag, was only gone for 10 days and customs in the US went through the whole thing. Pulled out underwear, everything. I was 20 and this was before customs was turned into the TSA. I was like "who do you think I am? What do you think I brought back? It was weird.

Cynthia said...

I was flying one month after 9/11 to buy a truck up north, so only needed a one-way flight --- AND I purchased the ticket only a couple of days before my flight. Guess I red flagged the system, because boy were they waiting for me at security check-in! My carry on bag was thoroughly pulled apart, my shoes were scanned, I was patted down, then electronically wanded, & thoroughly questioned. All I kept thinking was, this was all in the interest of safety --- I hardly looked like a threat, c'mon....lol!

Jessica Christensen said...

What a great bunch of treasures you have there. The sunglasses are so fun -- and it seems everyone looks good in them too. I also really like the bag. Everything on there looks like a treasure to me, though. = )

Gayle said...

Can you believe I have YET to buy or try a jelly roll? I think I'm the last quilter out there - or at least the last to admit it! LOL

Peddlecar Quilts said...

My favorite treasure is a little clay dog my son (now 33) made when he was a little boy in school of our dog we called Sugar. It is the cutest likeness of little Sugar that I have ever seen and it sits on my desk where I can see it all the time. Next to it is my daughter's kindergarten hand print. I love them!!

Mindy said...

Must have the fabric. But everything looks fun!!

beeinstitches said...

One trip I took several years ago, I wore a black mock turtle neck and black jeans to the airport. Before getting on the plane, I was pulled over and all of my carry-on pieces were searched. As soon as I got to the next airport, I bee-lined it for the ladies room, changed my shirt to a something light colored and had no problem on the last leg of the trip. I imagined that I was searched for looking too stealthy!
Karen

méri said...

Sorry I have no security story!
Can you count with me for this beautiful giveaway?

Susan Cahill said...

My favorite treasure is an antique treadle sewing machine in a beautiful cabinet. It was in my husband's aunt's basement under a blanket for many years. When she went into a nursing home his cousin didn't know what to with it and offered it to me. I had it in the car in seconds flat! I keep my antique sewing tools, thimbles and minature quilts made of vintage fabric displayed on it.

Thanks for the chance to share some of your excellent booty.

Sue Cahill (sbonetsue at yahoo dot com)

Lynn said...

I love the log cabin journal notebook. My security story is from several years ago when TSA confiscated my little rounded (blunt) tip scissors that I had in my cross stitch bag. I still wonder what they did with all those scissors & knitting needles.

Chris Davis said...

Travelling through Chicago-O'hare airport 4 years ago, customs wanted to open and sift through my grandfathers ashes even after the urn passed x-ray and my family had all the appropriate documents. My poor aunt almost had a stroke on the spot. :(

Anonymous said...

I got my knitting needles and scissors past security two years ago and knit my way across the country. I felt like an outlaw.

tracy said...

so sweet! thank you for this generous giveaway!!! oh pie birds and squirrel candle holder, for sure! :D

Michele said...

I especially like the pie birds.

mamaspark said...

Love that squirrel candle holder!! Too adorable.

Deb said...

favorite treasure: my craft bag I take everywhere! :)

Anonymous said...

Two years after 9/11 my three girls ages 7,9,and 11 and I flew to France with a children's orchestra and they all were to play their violins. We were to have an 11 hour flight and the thought of not being able to do my applique was too much. I bought 3 different tiny pairs of scissors and in the security line at LAX I held them out told the inspector I was a quilter and which pair could I take with me. I am happy to say he let me take all 3 pairs. We took two other small flights with the same outcome. On the final leg of our trip we were going through security in Frankfurt Germany. I held out my three pairs of tiny scissors and asked which pair I could take. The guard looked at me and instinctively said, " You can't take these." I replied "really I am a quilter and I need to do my applique on the flight." He looked at my three little girls who were quite scared of the big rifle he had slung over his shoulder then looked back at me, looking like the quilter I am, and said Ok lady your OK take them with you. We have special memories and now that my 11 year old is graduating in May and going away to college at Notre Dame I know I will miss her dearly and cherish all the memories. When you ask my kids about their mom they don't say she is the mom of 6 children but she is a Quilter!!!!!!!!

Chic Mummy said...

My treasure is my pinboard - it is a lovely pale green with white polka dots, and it is the perfect spot to pin up all my inspirations.

carrie said...

I would like to know more about the game. Did you get to "steal" the goods? I bet it was a good time.

Melissa said...

So many of these things look so nice, I like the water bottle (very pretty) and the little squirrel is nice too!!

But it all looks wonderful!

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