Wednesday, August 18, 2010

World War 2 Quilt Theft

"....A truly heart-wrenching theft was reported on the American Quilt History List this week..." This was posted on BQTHL (British Quilt and Textile History List) Yahoo Group by Sally Ward, and I would also like to pass the information on. Please blog it, tweet it, facebook it, talk about it, anyway you can pass the information on.

The World War II Quilts were at the Asheville quilt show the first weekend of August. I am pained to report 4 of them have been stolen. The empty trunk was delivered to FedEx in New Jersey and there it sits. Despite all of the precautions I take at sending quilts, they were not properly returned in a  secure manner. Three of the four trunks fortunately returned safely but none were taped and garbage bag ties were used instead of the locking plastic ties. The trunks did have tracking numbers and were sent second day delivery but it still took me nearly one week to finally determine the status of the missing trunk. The quilts disappeared somewhere between Charlotte and New Jersey.

Here is a list of the missing quilts:

1. Navy Insignia quilt in the Winter blue. It's condition was excellent. Pg. 122 of World War II Quilts.
2. The wholecloth Canadian Red Cross Quilt. Slightly faded. Pg. 145 of World War II Quilts.
3. The Night Shift Workers Quilt. It's condition was excellent. Pg. 15 of World War II Quilts.
4. The Hazleton Fund Raising summer quilt. (This is the quilt I recently wrote about from the Vermont Quilt Festival.) It's condition was excellent. Pg. 135 of World War II Quilts.
5. Lastly was the sweet Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt, I use as a table cover.

These quilts are very distinctive and recognizable. Hopefully, the thief will not be very smart and will get them to the open market and soon. Please know that I will appreciate any and all help in getting the quilts returned. My address and telephone number were on the sleeves of each quilt but they are easily removed. I plan to send an alert on Stolen quilts, also.

Sue Reich

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