Return to the Quilting Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
quilts most sought

Posted by blitzyblond_protege (My Page) on
Sun, Sep 26, 10 at 14:59

I was on a quilt shop site and noticed a button for missing quilts. it was postings where people had posted lost or stolen quilts. and wanted folks to help them keep an eye out for them.

This made me curious so i search-engined the subject and came up with an alarming number of similar sites/posting. One of the postings was for four Nationally Historic quilts stolen from a museum. Did any one know about this?

l. marie


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: quilts most sought

I knew that there was a problem sometimes at shows and when they were posted but hadn't heard about the museum. Sad-sad. Difficult to understand some peoples need. Jayne


 o
RE: quilts most sought

It's sad. Makes you wonder what they do with them.

Buyers of antique quilts should be sure to search all the sites before they buy something. If they buy a stolen quilt, it goes back to the real owner if discovered and they lose their money. Better to be cautious.


 o
RE: quilts most sought

I knew there was a site for lost and stolen quilts. I don't suppose they recover very many, but it highlights the need to keep your own quilts secure if you have to ship or store them.
I feel the woman whose historic quilts were stolen--shipped back in their trunk only held closed with twisty ties from a garbage bag!!! That's pretty outrageous.


 o
RE: quilts most sought

I can't imagine how horrible it is to have some thing you've put that much blood, sweat, & tears into to be stolen or lost because of someone at the shipping co. being sloppy. So many shipping companies have some type of tracking number you can buy. Some of ya' all are headed to shows and retreats, I thought to remind you to keep you works close and be on alert for missing works. I wonder if you can sew some type of identifier tag into the quilt that can be tracked, like they do pets & livestock?


 o
RE: quilts most sought

Sadly, they disappear from nursing homes all the time. Underneath the label I put on my father in laws quilt I wrote directly on to the backing "You stole this quilt from a dear man! Be ashamed!" That way, if they remove the label, at least I will have said what I wanted to say to them!

Quilterscache.com also has a registry of lost/stolen quilts.

Kate


 o
RE: quilts most sought

Kate, I love that!! I hate that people would steal something like that from someone. It never occurred to me! But then, so I don't think like a criminal, so that makes sense.


 o
RE: quilts most sought

I looked at just one site. 89 PAGES of missing/lost/stolen quilts. No way anybody could check thru all of that and remember if a quilt was on the list!

Many of them were lost in shipping which makes you want to make sure you take a pic for id purposes and that you adhere a shipping label to the quilt itself BEFORE you pack it up and ship it off any where.

Some were just stupid mistakes that could have been avoided if a little more care was taken.


 o
RE: quilts most sought

Kate: My DGM had two lap robes disappear early on at the NH. One resurfaced 18 months later when another female resident passed. I love your idea.

Carol: I'm sorry if I left the impression that I thought any one should remember a list to watch for. I know different ones are in different areas and maybe one quilt off the list might catch someone's attention or jar a memory. also I would dearly hope none of you lose a work by some of those same distracted mistakes. The idea of a ID picture and the attached shipping label were excellent ideas. I had never thought of attaching a shipping label to the work itself. A Post Office tracking number is what I thought was a sure bet, but I like both of your safety measures.

These quilts and their rightful owners could also be small item on the prayer lists of those that pray. I know I would feel awful whether it was stolen, a distracted mistake on my part, or lost by a stranger.

I just made the post out of surprise at how big the problem was/is.


 o
RE: quilts most sought

Rita Verroca does beautiful quilts that are entirely done by hand. She sends them out all the time to national and international shows. She says she's never lost a quilt BUT she says she NEVER identifies insurance or customs declarations or her packages as containing a quilt.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Quilting Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here