A small article in the Feb/Mar issue of Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine mentioned the theft of 3 quilts from an exhibit at an art gallery in Berea, Kentucky in July. These were small art quilts by Pat Cheshire Jennings and Dianne Stinebrickner of threadpainted birds. There is more information at lostquilt.com about these quilts.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that someone would steal these quilts, or any quilts in an exhibit or show. Do addicts looking for drug money attend these shows? No. Do robbers attend these shows? No. How about delinquent kids? Nope. Don’t think so. Seriously, do you really think that someone is going to try to get a dime bag of cocaine for a quilt??
The only people who want to attend quilt shows are quilters. Or quilt lovers. Or, god love’em, the spouses who bring quilters or quilt lovers to the shows. Does that mean these quilts must have been stolen by one of our own? It pains me to think that there are quilters who would do this. I’ve always imagined quilters as a tightly knit group of people who love seeing the quilts others make, who aspire to stretch themselves, learn something new or improve on their craft when they see a beautiful hand-appliqued and hand-quilted masterpiece hanging in a show. Quilters help each other. I certainly don’t picture any of the quilters I know with ski masks over their faces, stealing a quilt and slipping it under their shirt. I also don’t think my friends are so envious of another quilter that they would actually steal from them.
There are 23 pages of lost or stolen quilts on the Lost Quilt website. It’s heartbreaking that a website such as this has to exist at all. Unfortunately, most stolen quilts aren’t mentioned in magazines or newspapers. Take a look-maybe you’ll recognize a quilt. Or maybe you can identify a found quilt who is looking for it’s owner.
Oh, Cindi… I have often wondered the same thing. Who would steal a quilt? It seems to me that only other quilters would understand just how much a quilt is worth, to everyone else a quilt is “just a blanket”. Having said that, I can’t imagine a quilter actually stealing a quilt. I do covet other people’s quilts, but I’d much rather make my own. That’s where all the fun is.