Quilters are super honest as is the International Quilt Festival

In my lifetime I have not had tremendous luck with cameras. Maybe it's bad karma from high school when my then boyfriend gave me this dopey promise ring for Christmas. I did not want it or anything it implied so I lied and said my mom would not let me keep it, let's trade it in for a camera. We did just that but I've been paying for that deception ever since.

In the 1990's my whole camera bag was stolen off my luggage cart at an airport in France. I had a super camera, great lens and oodles of film to take slides for my classroom. All gone while I was distracted.

In 2010 my husband was handing me my camera in Granada, Spain. Somehow our connection missed and bam, it broke on the floor of the Alhambra. When digital goes, it goes.

camera-re-2Finally a couple of weeks ago I lost my camera while I was enjoying the wonderful International Quilt Festival not far from my house. I figured it probably wasn't stolen, most people use their phones to take pictures and because I have faith in quilters. I just happen to like using a camera for the zoom lens and extra pixels.

What I discovered after this latest incident is that quilters are super honest as is the International Quilt Festival. How did I find this out? I got my camera back, can you believe it?

The same Saturday I arrived home without my camera I called and left a message at IQF's headquarters in Texas. I explained my problem and figured I would never hear back. Bright and early on Monday they returned my call, how's that for fabulous customer service?

The gracious woman on the phone explained that the lost and found was on the truck. They were not expecting the truck for a couple of days. When I did not hear back I thought, oh well.camera-re-3

We were leaving on vacation on Friday so Thursday morning my husband surprised me with a new camera. He knew I missed my little friend. Guess what happened on Thursday afternoon?

Yep, I got a call that they had one camera. Even though I couldn't remember the brand, we figured out it was my camera. She promised to send it to me and we left on vacation.

I thought that it might not even survive the mailing. I really didn't worry about it. Sure enough, however, when we got home and our camera-re-1held mail was delivered there was a small package.

Inside was my lost camera with all my pictures. It arrived in perfect shape because they had packed it with all kinds of protection. Honest and excellent packers!

I am so grateful to the honest quilter who turned it in. I am very lucky they had such an efficient lost and found at the festival. I appreciate so much all the care they took with my camera.

I am also thrilled to have two cameras! I can keep one up in my sewing studio to replace my decades old one which is failing. Plus, with my luck I never know when I will need a back up camera.

Now I can share more pictures with you, hip hip hooray!

Sew happy!

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