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Stolen Quilts

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NOTE: The need for photography and quilt appraisals is a neccesity. Quilters today are shipping, exhibiting and lovingly offering quilts for use, thus losing the ability to keep them 100% safe, even in our homes and cars there is the threat of fire and burglary. Some of the quilts listed here do not have photographs this will make their recovery or monetary compensation (better than nothing) much more difficult. I encourage you to photograph undocumented quilts ASAP and, if you plan on shipping your quilt around the country and world, get a Quilt appraisal done for the documentation you can use to add insurance riders for art in your home. For additional information on the steps you can take to help protect your quilts visit "Lost Quilt Come Home" website


Added Oct 2009

Stolen Quilt:

A Storm at Sea quilt stolen in transit being shipped via UPS to Oklahoma City, Sept 28, 2009. It is a Storm at Sea quilt that took 10 years to complete with the focus fabric a turqoise background with geckos in shades of greens, blues, purples and lavenders. Included in the missing package 6 yards of Minkee in white, pink and lavender.

If you have any information please contact Betty Young at email:

Added Sept 2009

Stolen Quilt:

Sampler quilt was stolen from the student's laundry at the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management during August 2009. It is coloured in pinks and greens and was a large single sized quilt.

Contact Dilly Jauncy @ email:


Added August 2009

Stolen Quilt:

Christmas Sampler Queen size quilt stolen from the Mason Dixon Fair in Delta, PA in July 2009.

Please contact Ann Dealy Winkler @

Added July 2006

Missing Quilt:

I made a Noah's Ark quilt that was 44X60 from a kit purchased from the Cottonwood shop in Charlottsville, VA. It had a black background with a center panel of the Ark and six rows of animals leading to it. All of the animals were outlined with machine trapunto and diagononal lines 1/4" apart defined the trapunto. It was a gift for Good Samaritan Presbyterian Church in Waldorf, MD, of which I am a member. It was stolen from the wall of the sactuary sometime between the last week of April and Mother's Day. It had a label which read, "Made with love for all God's children at GSPC by Sandy Webb, Bel Alton, MD" I called Cottonwood and was told the kit is no longer available. Although I can't imagine who would steal a quilt from a church and then hang it in their home, I've accepted that it had a different journey than the one I planned. If you see it or if you know if there is anywhere I can purchse the kit, I would love to hear from you.

Sandra Webb

Added May 2006

Missing Quilt:

ha’Ima shel ha’aretz/Earth Mother

Size: 55w x 52h

By Bonnie Askowitz Miami, FL 2005

This quilt was juried into a show at the Slocumb Gallery at East Tennessee University in Johnson City, Tenn. It disappeared after having been sent to me from a UPS store in Johnson City, TN on March 19, 2006. It was last tracked on March 21st, 2006 as having arrived in Homestead, FL at the UPS hub. It has a label and a sleeve on the back. I appreciate anything you can do to help me recover this quilt.

Please contact Bonnie Askowitz at:

Added May 2006

Stolen Quilt:

Large colorful lap size quilt stolen in Bakersfield, CA from a storage locker. Done in bright colorful batiks. It is tied, not quilted. It may have my name in the border and a date, but I'm not sure (Mary Freeman 2003). This is not a fancy quilt, but it was a gift to a friend.

Please contact Mary Freeman at:

Added March 2006

Stolen Quilt:

A quilted and appliqued Victorian house, quite spooky looking. Three turrets, one with a whale-weathervane. A red-haired woman stands in open arched doorway. ., The stormy night sky is made of blue and black hand-dyed fabric, with bare tree branches and bats flying, sillouetted against moon. Dark garden and graveyard in foreground with fence and falling-apart gate. Cat sitting by gate. A This quilt is beautifully detailed, made with hand-dyed and hand-painted fabrics, and lavish stitchery and quilting. It is one-of-a-kind and totally unique.

Size: 75” x 95” Label: (as I remember the label), it read: The Haunted House Quilt Made by Kristin Miller
Dry Clean Only
Patchwork and Art Quilts 760 Killer Whale Lookout, Gabriola, B.C. Canada, V0R 1X5

Please contact Kristin Miller at:

Tel: 250-247-7656


Added February 2006

Stolen Quilt:

Constructed in 1993, the quilt is very large, about the size of a king bedspread, with 42 blocks (11" or 12") with blue sashing. It is machine pieced with hand quilted interlocking circles in the sashing. Each muslin block was designed by members of the Herman family in a variety of techniques. Some blocks were embroidered; others painted or photo transferred. A couple are even pieced. Notable blocks include the following: an embroidered pheasant with the words "Herman Family Reunion" A flying flag flanked by "Herman Family Reunion" and "A fun time on the 4th" "Will the Circle be Unbroken" painted in a circle a photo of Caroline and John Melvin Herman on their wedding date, and another when they were older "In loving memory of Bobby Rush", painted "We are Hermans, couldn't be prouder, if you can't hear us, we'll yell a little louder!"

Please contact Andrea Chakravarti at:

Added July 2005

Stolen Quilt:

Spring Ward created a Friendship Quilt for Jim Stone 12 years ago. It was stolen from his ranch property about a year later, around 1995 in Madisonville, TX. It was navy blue in color with muslin squares used for the centers. One of the squares said: "When you work for the Lord the pay is small but the retirement benefits are out of this world". We would love to return this quilt to his family as a rememberence, for the years of service he offered as our bishop.

Please contact Peggy Welsh at:

Tel: 281-353-4542

Added May 2005

Stolen Quilt:

I was notified by UPS this morning that the box arrived in Philadelphia, but the contents were missing. This quilt was commissioned for boys at the Allegheny Friendship House in Philadelphia, PA. to help inspire their interest in music and the arts. It was pieced by nine quilters in McKinney, Texas, and I quilted it. It was entered in the MQS Show two weeks ago and then shipped in a special box (it was rolled on a tube 60" long). It was only insured for the show limit of $500 (without an appraisal) but was worth considerably more. It was going to be exhibited at a special show the end of the month and had won a ribbon at the Dallas Quilt Show.

Please contact Sue Tennill at:

Added May 2005

Stolen Quilt:

Recently I was fortunate enough to be teaching workshops at the American Quilter's Society Quilt Show in Paducah. After one of my workshops, I noticed that one of my small quilts was missing. The quilt missing is called Autumn's Glory and was made as a project for my new book, Simple Thread Painting. The quilt depicts a fall scene with a fall tree on the left side of the quilt, a barn on the right and a small fence with "barbed wire" running from post to post in the foreground. Hand made quilts are special to all of us and I would love to see it make its way home. If anyone sees this quilt, I did not give it to anyone nor was it bought in a silent auction. The quilt went missing on April 22, 2005 in my classroom at Paducah, KY.

Please contact Nancy Prince at:

Added April 2005

I purchased these blocks on eBay a couple years ago or more while living in California. They were mailed to me by priority mail from southern California and never arrived.

Please contact Judy at:

Added February 2005

Stolen Quilt:

Stolen 2 weeks ago from my daughters house in Bonaire Ga. It was a queen size SUN BONNET SUE quilt I hand appliquéd and gave to my grand daughter this past Christmas. It was almost a year in the making.

Please contact Linda Simms at:

Tel: 706-374-4281

Added June 2004

Missing Cape:

Mrs. Potter's Evening Cape
Mrs. Potter's Evening Cape
Mrs. Potter's Evening Cape

My cape, Mrs. Potter's Evening Cape has disappeared from the 2004 Machine Quilter's Showcase Quilt Show. Gail Broadwater, President of the International Machine Quilter's Association has exhausted all her leads in trying to find it and feels that it was taken either by a hotel employee or someone that walked into the show.

Please contact Sue Smucker at:

Added March 2004

Lost Quilt:

My Grandmother, Mother, and I put together a ballerina quilt for me when I went to college. The ballerinas are hand painted (by my grandmother) and stitched around (some are machine stitched and some are hand stitched). The border is medium blue. The bottom border is extra wide and (left to right) says:

Cassie Shelby Sandy (or Cassandra?)
Grandmother Mother Granddaughter

It was not really a high quality job. This was just something I did with Mother and Grandma Crocker. Now Grandma Crocker is gone. We can't do anything together again.

The quilt was lost sometime between 1989- 1992 either in Lexington, NC near Southmont or in Deep Gap, NC in Watauga County.

Please contact Cassandra Hicks at:


Added January 2004

SUCESS, this quilt has been recovered. Please go to for additional information and some ideas for recovery, documentaion, insurance, shipping and more!



I spent 3 1/2 years making this quilt for my niece. It was stolen 12/22/03 from the front porch of her sister's home in Oregon after being left there by the UPS delivery person.

Machine stitched into the middle of the front of the quilt are the words: for Amy. The back has a heart shaped label, machine stitched to it, which says: Dear Amy, I began this quilt when you were buying your first house, and included lots of dogs, cats, and butterflies. Made especially for you by your ever-lovin' Aunt Kate.

Added October 2003

Lost Quilt:

Stolen from my parents house on 10/21/03
From: Chatfield, Minn.

This is one of the last quilts my Mom made before she died. Along with a large collection of my father's guns. They wrapped the guns up in this beautiful quilt.

Large label on the back with:
Designed by: Dawn R. Moen
Quilted by: Lena Yoder - Amish friend of Gloria Johnson

Contact via e-mail:

Added October 2003

Lost Quilt: No Picture

Stolen in Regina Saskatchewan Canada in December 1988.

I had it hanging out of my apartment window to freshen it and it fell down. I looked out the window and saw it had landed below. By the time I got downstairs it was stolen.

My grandmother helped me make this quilt. It was my first quilt. It had pink flannel backing. The front was various shades of pink pinwheels and white squares. The squares were tied in the middle with pink wool. All the fabrics were from old clothes of my grandmother and mother who have both died since then. I would dearly love to have my quilt back. I went to all the apartments in the building at the time but nobody admitted to taking it.

Contact via e-mail:

Added August 2003

Lost Quilt: No Picture

Stolen from storage in Lexington, North Carolina in November 1988. An antique pinwheel quilt with the name Susan Josephine Coker and the date, October 12, 1861 or 2 embroidered on the front.

The quilt was white background with spiral pinwheels in orange, light green and tan on the front. It was exquisitely and ornately hand quilted and made in Alabama by my great-great grandmother.

A large number of other family heirlooms were stolen at the same time. I would certainly give a reward to anyone who could locate this museum-quality quilt.

Contact via e-mail:

Added March 2003

Lost Quilt: No Picture

In February, 2003 I donated a quilt to the Traverse City, Michigan, Women's Resource Center Auction event. I made a "quilt for a cure" quilt from the October issue of Fons and Porter.

It has the pink ribbon logo background fabric with heart blocks made from shades of pink and a dark green irish chain block. The border fabric is pink and white striped. The label on the back says "for all women everywhere, 2003".

The quilt never made it to the auction. The quilt is valued at $500 and was supposed to be auctioned to raise money for the women's shelter. Shame on the person who stole this quilt.

Please help me find it so that it can be used to raise money for the needs of battered and homeless women in the Traverse City area.

Contact via e-mail:

Added March 2003

Lost Quilt:

lost quilt jdsebben

Memory Quilt

I made a memory quilt for my mother for Mother's Day this year. Ironically, she and my sister, Pat, had planned a two-week trip to Texas to visit many of the relatives and friends in the pictures. My Mom is 74-years-old and it may have been her last trip down there. She was looking forward to showing everyone and get their signatures on the heart label on the back which already contained signatures of her five children, 5 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.

Any help would greatly be appreciated.

Contact via e-mail:

Added February 2003

Lost Quilt: No Picture

Lost Grandmothers Flower Garden
Approximate size: Double

Took three years to hand sew together 2800 pieces. The pattern is done in different blue fabrics. Solid pieces surrounded by blue floral materials. The fowers are solid coral and solid sage green. Last seen at the USPO in Mexia, Texas (east Texas) as quilter was buying box from USPO and packing handquilted quilt there at the USPO. Approx. date lost - 1996. Once released at the USPO, the quilt was never seen again.

It was insured, but not enough as I still had to pay the grandmotherly lady that was so kind to hand quilt it for me. Three years of hand piecing can never be replaced. This quilt can be identified as it has my name machine monogrammed on the lower side in a peach/beige color about 1-1 ˝” high in a script font.

If you ever see it please contact:

Linda Christie

Added November 2000 (No picture):
Size: Sort of a queen sized quilt and the blocks were pieces of fabric from all the baby and toddler clothes I had made for my children.

Lost Quilt Story begins September, 1994: I was making the quilt for my daughter and had hand-quilted about 1/3 of the total area when my husband died and I had to move most of the household into storage in Mountain View, CA. Later on I was surprised when the manager and his wife, suddenly were not managing the premises any more and there had been no explanation. I didn't think too much of it and then I moved to Oregon to be near my children and once again the household was put in storage in Portland for 7-8 months from June 1995 until March 1996 when I bought a house and moved in.

It was when I moved in that I discovered the quilt and some oriental rugs and antique dressing table items of my grandmothers were missing. It never occurred to me that anyone would steal a quilt that was not very professionally done as it was my first attempt; so of course I didn't photograph it.

The back was a navy blue cotton with little tiny white hearts all over it. The back had been folded over to the front and was piped in kelly green piping where it joined the front quilt blocks. I had hand quilted about 1/3 of the total area in kelly green thread. The fabric blocks are all fairly primary colors. There is not a complex pattern of the blocks but there is a bright green fabric that I used as the center block with other blocks of the same flowered green fabric coming out in an "X" toward the four corners and in each corner there was at least one block of the same flowered green fabric. Near one corner I did place a bright yellow gold piece of plain fabric and had embroidered To Ingrid and the date and I think, Love Mom. I can't remember if I put her last name but it would have been "Ohlson".

Pamela R. Burkland
Tel: 503 578 4081

Added September 2000:

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stolen from nursing home

Stolen from: P.A. Peterson Nursing Home in Rockford, Illinois or laundry service near Maddison.

Picture on left is front and on right is the back of quilt.

This is a picture of a Quilt I made for my Dad while he was in P.A. Peterson Nursing Home in Rockford, Illinois . The day he died the Quilt was Stolen/and/or sent to a laundry somewhere near Madison, Wisconson. They claimed they sent it back to the Nursing home, which in fact, is not true. Either someone at the Nursing Home has it, or someone at the back of stolen quiltlaundry place near Madison, or it was sent to another hospital and/or Nursing home in the area and someone has it there. It has my label on the back, name, city etc. There is no reason someone couldnt contact me. It has been missing/stolen for one year. I want it back so much because my Dad slept under it for 4 years at that Nursing home. Thanks so much for your help.

Dian Moore
e-mail: "Dian Moore"

Added September 2000: (no photo available)

In June of 1975, we moved from a rental house in Brent, AL back to my home town of Birmingham, AL. Left behind when the truck got too full was an old wooden trunk containing a quilt made for me from scraps of my clothing, and my mother's aprons. Unfortunately, no photograph exists, and I do not remember if it was labeled with the maker's name. If so, all I remember of her name is "Mrs. Cruce", and the spelling could have been "Cruse", or "Kruce", etc.

When my husband borrowed a truck months later to retrieve my belongings, the trunk had disappeared. It also contained an old tin box of buttons from my great-grandmother.

The pattern is an odd one, in that the sunbonnet does not completely cover the little girl's face. I still have an apron made from one of the fabrics, and there were a lot of feed sack fabrics used, because that's what many of my clothes were made from. I am certain I would remember some of the pieces. Any questions regarding the apron print, or information of my quilt's whereabouts, would be appreciated.

Please contact me at:

Stephanie L. Davison
2800 Pennsylvania NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110

Added December 1999:

For larger picture of quilt, click on image.

Part of the 1999 Hoffman Challenge Collection

Maker and owner: Helen J. Baczynski

Approx: 36" x 36"



This Quilt was stolen from the West Sound Quilter's Quilt Show on Oct. 21, 1999. If you know of the whereabouts of this quilt please contact or send it to Charol Riedel (Quilt Show Chairman) at 2411 S.E. VanSkiver Rd. Pt. Orchard, WN. 98367 or the quilt owner Helen J. Baczynski at 1824 Panther Place North, Las Vegas, NV. 89031

Contact Charol at:

Added November 1999:

Maker: Deb Freesemann.

Lost by UPS

click on quilt for larger view.

measures approx. 50 x 50

Squares are finished 1" and are all of different fabrics. The borders are black, however, each border side is also a different tone/tone black print. It is machine quilted with gold metalic thread only on the golden center section and also around the gold inner border.

It has a very distinctive label....there is a photo transfer of the cover of the pattern that I designed. It has my company name on it, Sew Dear. There are also 4 different "fabric cutout women" joined together with hearts. Each of these are cut from the 4 generations of fabrics. The names are also under each cutout ... Hermina Homister, Hilda Gabe, Martha Drape and Deb Freesemann.

It was shipped from Waverly Ia to Centre Harbor NH. It was last scanned in Chicago.

This quilt is very dear to me since it's an original design for which I'm marketing a pattern, but more importantly it is a reflection of the inner
connections between my family's generations. I would love to have it questions asked.

e-mail Deb Freesemann at:

Added October 1999:


Stolen September 15, 1999

This quilt was stolen September 15th from the Teamsters Hall, 5000 J St. SW, Cedar Rapids,
Iowa. It had been "checked in" for the Eastern Iowa Heirloom Quilt Show the afternoon of the 15th and was stolen sometime that evening. It was discovered to be missing the morning of September 16th when it couldn't be found for judging. For additional information and to contact Lela, go to this website:

To contact her via e-mail:


Added Sept. 1999:

Shirley Sims reports the following bed size quilt created by her daugther has been stolen.

Click Quilt for larger version

Sim Quilt StolenThe quilt was an offset log cabin. The light part has circles quilted around the center of the flower. The plaid in the quilt has flies on it. The quilt is orange, blue and cream on cream.

The backing is unusual as it has plumbing fixtures on it. My husband is a plumber and our daughter made this for him for Christmas last year. The back has sinks, pipe wrenches, ells, a vise and several other things pertaining to plumbing.

On the back there is another block that she sewed on that says "For My Daddy ----Jerry D. Sims, With All My Love (heart,heart,heart) Kristi D. Sims-Kirkegard, Christmas 1998".


Contact Shirley at:

"First December in Ohio"  by Maria ElkinsSUCESS, this quilt has been located please go to for additional information and some ideas for recovery, documentaion, insurance, shipping and more!

Click on quilt for larger view (34k).

Maria Elkins writes:

My quilt, "First December in Ohio", is 40'' x 50'' and is a life-size, realistic looking fireplace complete with photo-transfer pictures of my daughters on the mantle and a life-size cat on the hearth. This quilt was lost by UPS during the return shipment from the June 1999, NQA show in Omaha, Nebraska. It was last scanned by UPS in Cach, IL on July 6, 1999 and they have been unable to locate it since.

Stolen Quilt: No picture: stolen on 7/28/99 from the Haverhill Fairgrounds in Haverhill NH.

Mary Schilke writes: I recently had the brainstorm to enter a quilt in a local fair, sorry to say mine and four others were stolen. ... My quilt was a twin sized quilt done in Thimbleberry fabrics, the center had bright yellow sashing that joined to make stars in the Mary Ellen Hopkins technique. The first inner border was bright yellow and I had machine quilted roses into it, the second border was made of pieced scraps from the leftover center fabrics, it was machine quilted with free form ivy leaves and the final border wasa beige fabric machine quilted with sunflowers. In the outer border is stiched my name and the title of the quilt In a starry garden.

Please contact me if you see it. The thief is believed to be from Massachusettes and drives a silver pick up truck. This was my first quilt done on my Gammill Quilting machine any info would be appreciated. My name is on a label on the back too.

e-mail: "Mary schilke" <>

An aunt of mine, living between Uniontown and Hartville, Ohio (Stark County, Akron-Canton area), borrowed another aunt's quilt frame and stored it in her barn, from which it was stolen, along with a nickel silver show saddle.

Although this happened over 25 years ago, the loss of this quilt frame is still a huge heartbreak, as it was made for my Aunt Ida by her dear father many years before, who died young. Aunt Ida is 93 years old now, and still grieves for this family treasure, as do others in the family.

This handmade, one-of-a-kind quilt frame is made from a yellowish wood, as I recall, and has a (two?) wooden ratchet(s) of the same wood. I looks somewhat lightweight, and has folding X legs on each end. The rails are hexagonal or perhaps octagonal. Whatever, the identifying mark is the name "IDA" and a date on it, carved with a pocket knife in square letters and numerals.

If anyone should know of such a quilt frame, I would be glad to supply the year carved on it as positive proof of ownership. I would also be willing to arrange for its purchase from the current owner, as I'm sure that by this time whoever has it is unaware that it is stolen merchandise.

All this happened a long time ago, but I have to try my best and do what I can for Aunt Ida, and besides, stranger things have happened!

Hoping against hope,

Peg Bird
call 937-767-1946

Stolen Quilt: No picture. Stolen from Tampa Bay Sewing Center located in Joann Fabrics in Brandon, Fl .

  • Sampler pattern in shades of lilac and purples.
  • Border: 3 " lavender print border, then approx 12" off
    white muslin, then another darker border..Then finished off with a saw tooth border of all the fabrics used in the quilt.
  • Was signed on the back with the name --Marge Krumroy.
  • Back was off-white muslin.

If you know anything about the wherea abouts of this quilt, please contact Marge at:

Stolen Quilt: No picture. This quilt "disappeared" from Gayle DeForest mother's bed at Greenhaven Country Place, Sacramento, CA, August, 1997. No Picture of quilt is available but identifyiing features are:

  • Pattern: Drunkard Path --no outside borders
  • Fabric: 3 fabrics: background using muslin and Drunkard Path are a solid Red and a Red with a slight white pattern
  • The quilt was entirely hand pieced and hand quilted, and the edges were just turned in and slip-stitched.
  • Size: Twin size
  • IDENTIFY BY SIGNATURE: Emblazoned on the back in big black letters Dorothy DeForest

Gayle DeForest

The following is written by Pat Lemmons: On March 4th, 1998 I entered three quilts in a quilt show at the Heritage Center in Abilene, Kansas. On March 16th a friend discovered they were not in the show. No one knows when they disappeared!!! These are three family heirlooms which are priceless to my family and any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

The three quilts are shown below:


Blocks are white and designs were done with fabric crayons by family members except for the top two center blocks. The top two center blocks contain two black silhouettes with the names "Floyd" and "Nellie" in a red heart between. The dates of "1929" and "1979" are shown. All blocks are signed and include birth dates. The bottom right square is an outline of a child’s hand, colored with many colors and signed "KATHY". The quilt is tied with black yarn and the back is a gold colored blanket


The color is blue with white blocks. Hand embroidered bouquets tied with blue bows. The backing matches the blue used in the top and the binding has a point edge. The white blocks are old, made in the 1920’s. The blue fabric is new and the quilt is approximately 92" long and 94" wide.


Except for the center left and bottom right block the background of the blocks is ecru (light beige). There are 20 blocks. On the top, the second from the left is a tree with fourteen paper bags hanging in and three bags hanging below the tree. The bottom right block includes the embroidered words 381 Questers Pug Memories 4-H and PTA. Each block is bordered with a multicolored fabric of mauve, sage green, brown and ecru. The back matches the border fabric. The ecru heart is stitched on the bottom right on the back of the quilt and signed by the quilters. Approximate size, length 72", width 65"When these quilts were entered in the show the history of each quilt and my name were on a computer print out attached to quilt. These are family heirlooms and the loss has reached right into my heart. Any help you can provide would be welcome.

If you have information on where the above 3 quilts are, please contact:

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