Remember that awful quicksand from old movies, that once a man (usually a guide taking someone through the dangerous jungle) stepped one step too many and found himself in oatmeal-looking soil that sucked him down to the bowels of the earth? Even the handsome hero throwing him a tree vine to pull himself out with never worked. He just got sucked down anyway. MYTHBUSTERS recently had a show dedicated to finding out whether quicksand was real or not, that recalled those old movies to mind.
I’m in quicksand — quilting quicksand. But it’s pretty cool, not the oatmeal stuff. I have 62 quilts at my house that belong to other people. I feel like running and jumping into the middle of them so I can be totally surrounded in quilt-smelling quilts. You know what I mean. Quilts have a smell all their own, a heavenly smell of fabric and batting and love. Oh, maybe that’s where I can make my million — quilt cologne! Nah, it would never sell as well as turkey dinner perfume or mom’s apple pie after shave.
I am drowning in a sea of quilts! It’s wonderful. I got a final count today of the quilts that will be in ‘A Bountiful Harvest” quilt show — 321!! Isn’t that great?! I am reading the entry forms like a good book, internalizing the stories and poring over pictures of ALL THOSE QUILTS. I can hardly wait to begin delivering, sorting and hanging all of these jewels that have been entrusted into the care of an army of fellow quilters.
We will be in our element on Wednesday, as we hang each precious quilt. We get to touch them over and over again, as we arrange, hang and label each quilt. I’m delirious even thinking about it.
This week will fly by in a flurry of activity and all too soon, we will be driving away from an empty building, returning quilts to their owners. I know all too well what it feels like to be the one to turn out the lights and close the door behind me after everything has been taken down. It’s like a christmas tree lot the day after Christmas.
But in between, the show itself is worthy of every phone call, typed word, interrupted sleep, pricked finger, volunteer schedule, too much fast food, and crumpled programs. This show is going to be something else. It will be awe inspiring, breathtaking, and down right amazing.
And I hope that you will get to experience it. See you there!