Found in Tennessee: Bible Character Quilt

This yellow and white full-size quilt, made by a Grandma Martin, was found by Miriam Dixon in an Hixson, Tenessee thrift store. Additional features of the quilt include machine quilting and several embroidered Bible figures.
This quilt is labeled in the bottom right-hand corner with the following two labels: “Made With Tender Loving Care by Grandma””Quilted by Grandma Martin”

The original quilter’s first name has been redacted from this post, at the request of the quilt’s current owner. If you can identify the first name of Grandma Martin, please contact Miriam Dixon at

Stolen: Kaleidoscope Quilt

McKenna is asking for help in locating this kaleidoscope quilt that she made for her sister. The quilt measures 60″ by 90″ and features batiks of oranges and blues, with a distinctive purple-swirls background fabric to create the kaleidoscope images. On the back, while not a label per se, there is inked the signature, McKenna Linn.

McKenna reports that her sister’s home in Royersford, PA was broken into on July 13, 2019. The kaleidoscope quilt along with several other things were stolen. A police report has been filed. If you have any information about this quilt, please contact McKenna at

Estate Quilt Recovered!

Ann Rutherford-Berthiaume is hoping to recover some quilts that were sold against her wishes at an auction at 211 University Ave., Waxahachie, TX on July 30, 2005. The auctioneer was Larry Schaefer.

These quilts were her grandmother’s, her great-grandmother’s, and possible her great-great-grandmother’s. There were 20-21 sold at the auction. She had asked for photos of all the quilts but only received about one-fifth of them. She was able to purchase the ones she knew about, but was never told about the twenty or more others. She basically has one generation and is missing the other two generations.

UPDATE: July 2, 2019: fast forward nearly 14 years! Ann has heard from someone in Texas who has found the Cathedral Windows quilt, and knows who has others of the quilts she has sought.  Ann was pleased to receive pictures of the quilt, and know that this quilter is taking care to repair the quilt, after years of wear and tear.  Ann still wonders what has happened to the crazy quilt that her grandmother always pulled out to use when Ann visited.  

Patterns of the auctioned quilts are a crazy quilt made of silks with embroidery which is believed to be made by her great-grandmother, a log cabin quilt, bowtie, nine patch, etc. See photo of the auction quilts below. The crazy quilt was sold to a lady from Midlothian, TX. Obviously she will not be able to buy back all the quilts but would like the buyers to contact her.

She is also looking for some quilts that were taken from her grandmother’s residence in the late 1980’s when her grandmother was ill. The family realized these were missing when the estate was being settled. There was a double wedding ring, a grandmother’s flower garden, and a cathedral window. The double wedding ring had never been used and was made of cottons, hand-pieced and hand-quilted. It is believed it was made in the late 1930’s or 1940’s.

If you have any information about these quilts, please contact Ann at

Recovered! Wedding Quilt

I received a report of a quilt found in packing materials that were used to protect a mirror in transit. The woman reported that the moving company couldn’t help with finding the quilt owner, as they had no record of this family name that was written in the quilt’s label.

The names on the quilt are Michael and Sarah, far too common to easily connect the quilt to the owners. But thanks to a wise quilter who clearly labeled the quilt and a clever Lost Quilt reader, she was able to put the pieces together and find Michael and Sarah Kitchen in Vermont, and soon they will have their wedding quilt back home.

Thank you to all those who read, ponder, and offer insight from your perspective that helps us to see things in a new light. The caring and compassion of so many people are what contributes to happy endings like this!

Looking for quilt owners

“Made especially for you by Maureen Oleson” “For Sara Lynne and Michael Francis Kitchen on the occasion of their wedding” “Made with tender loving care by Grandma Martin”
Do these phrases ring a bell? I’ve had three found quilts, from three very different situations, in very different US locations, reported to me recently. If you know who these people are or recognize any of these quilts please contact me at Let’s get these quilts back home!

Lost: Cityscape Quilt Top

Lauren Kermode is asking for help in locating a quilt top that she calls Waters Edge Nighttime Cityscape. This quilt is the quilt maker’s original design, approximately 45″ x 60″ made of black, orange, and off white fabrics.  The skyscrapers on the cityscape quilt are made from a black fabric that has tiny red (and some gray?) squares on it. Lauren explained, ” This guy is a city sky at Sunset with a large Rising Moon. All of the skyscrapers are also reflected into the blue black swirling water.”

This is the style of the citiscape although not the exact image in the quilt

Fabrics used in Water’s Edge Nighttime Cityscape

Lauren machine pieced and appliqued this quilt in 2013  She does not have a picture of the completed quilt top but has provided a picture of the type  of image that she was creating in the cityscape as well as a photograph of the fabrics used. Lauren’t quilt was last seen at the end of 2013 or early 2014 at a quilt shop in Elkton, Maryland.  

Lauren added, “The concept of the quilt was a waterfront cityscape at twilight – my own design. There is a reverse image of the skyscrapers that reflects down into the dark water and a strip of what’s meant to look like a city street in between the two. Also, there was a large pale yellow moon in the upper corner of the twilight sky.This is an original design. If it is returned there will be no  questions asked.” If you know anything about this quilt, please contact Lauren at

Quilt Lost in Murray, UT

Mary Luna is asking for our help in locating a quilt she believes was
Stolen or thrown away by her son’s roommate. The quilt Mary is seeking is a queen sized with a black and white  houndstooth background, with multi colored calico squares.

Bryce’s missing quilt on the right

In 2014 91 year old Lila Scheer hand pieced and machine quilted this quilt for her great grandson. The quilt has a label stitched on the back, which reads, “  For Bryce Coltrin..2014.. By great grandmother Lila Scheer age 91″

This quilt was last seen at Bryce’s rental house, in Murray, UT.  
Bryce had a falling out with his roommate, who evicted him and then kept
and threw away almost all his belongings.

Mary added: Thank you. I had no idea this website existed. And even though I know the chances are very slim this will be recovered, it is actually
comforting to see how many other people have lost precious heirlooms.
Horrible, of course. But to know this sickening feeling has company
and we can get through it!

If you’ve seen this quilt or have any information related to it, please contact Mary Luna at

Looking for Quilt Owner!

Ann Yuhas reported that on June 5, 2019 she found a lovely purple and white lap quilt at Normandale Park in Portland, Oregon. The quilt was made of fabrics that are batiks, probably constructed with 2.5″ strips, and machine pieced and machine quilted.

The quilt has a label on it that was not personalized but shares the names of the quilt maker only, as well as another issue that the owner should be able to remember. These details will need to be provided in order to ensure the quilt is returned to it’s owner. If you recognize this quilt and can help us get it back home, please contact:

Stolen: Red, Pink and Yellow Quilted Wall Hanging

Mitzi is asking for help in locating a beautiful strip star wall hanging sized quilt that was taken from her car when the car was stolen in Seattle Washington. Mitzi reports that on October 30, 2017 her car was stolen. It is believed that in the commission of the crime this quilt, all her quilting fabric, and two nice Bernina sewing machines were taken. The vehicle was later located in Everett, Washington, but not the quilt or quilting related items.

Mitzi machine pieced and quilted this wall hanging as well as hand quilted inside the borders. If you have any information that would help in locating this quilt, please contact Mitzi Lantz at