Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Stolen Quilts

Karen Combs, quilt teacher, author and fabric designer, and a member of my Machine Quilting Professional group, has suffered a theft, all her teaching materials and demo quilts.
Click here for a link to her blog with the details and pictures of quilts included in the loss.
I think this is a quilter's worst nightmare so especially if you live in New Braunfels Texas area, please keep an eye out for these items. There is a website devoted soley to lost and missing quilts here.
Once I mailed a quilt to HI. Federal Express, insuring the quilt for the appraisal value, nearly $2000, specifically requesting "signature required" at delivery. The recipient was in the shower at the time of delivery and FedEx left the box outside the door of a multi story apartment building in Waikiki! When I found out I almost had a heart attack, LOL, thank God it was not "lost"!
Quilt theft is not unusual, quilts often disappear from classes and most of us are very cautious about shipping quilts, always have some kind of insurance and a professional appraisal if it is a very valuable quilt. Never use the word "quilt" or anything close to it in the description, describe the contents as "textiles" "blanket" "fabrics" or something similar and you most likely will never have a problem.
Using common sense and caution, most longarmers mail quilts all over the country and sometimes around the world and never have an issue.


Reddirt Woman said...

Hi, Ros...
Just wanted to let you know that I posted Karen Combs blog about her stolen quilts on FaceBook. I have friends and family in Texas so maybe they know people in the New Braunfels area and they will post to help recover the quilts and teaching materials. It's awful the things that criminals are doing nowadays.

Please keep us posted and let us know if they are recovered.


Linda said...

I can't believe people would steal quilts! Of course, I have a hard time understanding stealing anything! From a classroom? How horrible! I hope and pray she recovers the items!