“Moonswept” returned from New England, not rolled around the pool noodle in a 5 foot box I sent, but folded into a small square box.
Needless to say, I freaked!
If you’ve ever seen quilts at big shows that look like they need to be ironed, it’s because they were folded with more quilts stacked on top. Those creases will never come out, especially if you have dense stitching (like “Moonswept”) or dimensional elements.
Thankfully, my quilt was folded loosely and must not have been in a heavy stack of other quilts, so it wasn’t damaged.
I was pretty annoyed though, especially as I’d payed an extra fee to have my quilt returned the way I’d sent it out.
I’ve already talked to the show coordinator who was very apologetic and immediately refunded my shipping fee. A computer oops caused my return preferences to be overwritten.
No harm done, and the last of my quilts is home. “Moonswept” didn’t win this time, but maybe next time.