Anne Laurie hopes to locate a quilt called Grandma’s Garden. The quilt was last seen on December 18, 2016 at the Symes Grove Nursing Home in Taigum, Queensland, Australia. It was on her mother-in-law’s bed when she passed away just before Christmas. Many inquiries have been made to the nursing home’s staff and management with lost notices posted throughout the center. Both internal and external laundries were also contacted, but to no avail.
This quilt is about 56″ by 44″. The main colors are pink and green. It is machine pieced and machine quilted. It has a label which says, “GRANDMAS GARDEN, HAPPY MOTHERS DAY, MUM, with love from DAVID & ANNE, 11 MAY 2003.” The label is hand stitched to the lower left corner of the backing.
Anne writes, “I would like to recover this quilt because it has great sentimental value to me and my daughter who was very close to her GrandMa.” If you find this quilt, please contact Anne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elizabeth Adams is searching for a raffle quilt which was originally made as fundraiser by the community ladies of Laurel, Oregon. She writes, “The Ladies of Laurel would so very much like to hang this in the Laurel Hall, because the quilt began the fundraising to publish the 111 page history book about Laurel. Thank you to anyone who can put us in touch with the current owner.” They would like to discuss the possible return of the quilt to the Oregon community.
This quilt had thirty squares. Each square is unique. Some motifs include an eagle, a church, a horse, a heart, a plow, leaves, a mountain, etc. It has a blue background joined with red and white bands and piping. It has a label that says, “Our hearts are in Laurel.”
Jainnie Jenkins would like to recover her quilt which disappeared in June 2014 somewhere between Colorado Springs, Colorado and Elizabethtown, Kentucky when they had the military move them. The quilt was hanging on their dining room wall and it was taken down by her husband and one of the packers. Due to not having wall space to hang the quilt, they didn’t realize it was missing until about a year and a half later, when they were prepping to move again.
This queen size quilt is mainly reds, blacks, and orange. There are three koi fish and iris flowers in the center panel. Many of the other fabrics are Japanese themed fabrics. The quilt is hand pieced, machine pieced, and machine quilted. This quilt is labeled with the date and name on one of the lower back corners. The quilt was made by her mother-in-law, Marjie (Marjorie) Jenkins, sometime around 2001.
Jainnie also has information about this quilt on her Facebook page. If you find this quilt, please contact Jainnie at email@example.com.
Margaret hopes to recover a quilt that was last seen around 2015 or 2016. This quilt was one of two that were inadvertently donated to Goodwill in the Wyndham area of Portland, Maine.
Margaret made the queen size quilt for her son’s 21st birthday. One of the fabrics features a starry print. It does have a label that indicates it was made for her son Liam’s birthday. It is hand quilted and signed.
If you find this quilt, please contact Margaret at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sue Rasmussen is asking for help locating four of her machine quilting samples which were stolen from her friend’s car in Simi Valley, California on March 10, 2017.
The Japanese Print quilt sample (left) is 23″ by 14″. It has a black background with pink flowers. It has a label hand sewn to the back which says, “Japanese Print Quilt Sample, Made By Susanne Rasmussen, Simi Valley, CA, Warm and White Batting, YLI varigated & Aurilfil threads, August 2009.”
The teal machine quilted sample (above left) is approximately 42″ by 42″. It has a label hand sewn to the back which says, “Teal Machine Quilted Sampler, made by Sue Rasmussen, Simi Valley CA, 2009, Cotton Fabric/Cotton Batting.”
The gold machine quilted feathers sample (above middle) is approximately 22″ by 22″. It is not labeled.
The last sample (above right) is also made from machine quilted Japanese fabric. It has a black background with butterflies and white circles. It is approximately 13″ by 15″. It is not labeled.
If you find one or more of these quilts, please contact Sue at email@example.com.
Audrey Cloven is searching for her original quilt named Mom’s Bali Chai. This quilt was last seen on November 11, 2016 on United flight 5201 (MFR Medford, Oregon to SFO San Francisco, California). The flight attendant placed the quilt in the first class overhead bin when she boarded and she didn’t realize it was missing until she was at her connecting gate, but the airlines was unable to locate it. The quilt had been wrapped around a cardboard tube and covered with a blue pillowcase when it became missing.
This 22″ by 22″ quilt features a tree of life, a 6 strand challah, Haamsa, pomegranate, grapes, bird, flower, and shofar. All fabrics are batiks except the backing. It has a light blue batik background and rust backing. There is Hebrew lettering embroidered in purple under the challah. It has a heart-shaped label appliquéd on the back which says, “Mom’s Bali Chai, Love, Audrey, 2016.”
If you find this quilt, please contact Audrey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jason Lennen hopes to recover his Ocean Waves quilt which was made by his mother, Sharon Allen. The quilt was last seen on November 23, 2015 in his closet in base military housing near the US Navy base in Whidbey Island, Washington. Jason left his home when he and his wife separated. In July 2016 he went to move the rest of his belongings to storage, but the quilt was nowhere to be found and his ex-wife claimed she did not know where it went or what happened to it.
The quilt was made in 2013. Some of the distinctive fabrics include a fabric with a musical notes design, bees, and cars. The quilt has a label which says, “To Jason, Ocean Waves, 2013, Sharon Allen, Love You, Mom.”
If you find a quilt that fits this description, please contact Jason at email@example.com.
Quilt Alliance is on a mission to get all quilters to label their quilts. According to a survey that they cite, only 58% of quilters regularly label their quilts. They currently have a pledge form you can fill out where you can pledge to label your own quilts.
This has been an issue near and dear to my heart. In 1999 I had a quilt that went missing during shipment. Thankfully, it was fully labeled and my quilt was returned to me two months later. As a result of that experience, I started the Lost Quilt Come Home website. I have a two-fold purpose for this site. One is to give information about lost and stolen quilts. The other purpose is to give information about protecting quilts. One of the articles I have available on my website is about how to label quilts. After all these years of posting missing quilts, I would say that a very large percentage of quilts that are missing did not have a label either.
Because of my own interest in quilt making, along with the experience gained through the Lost Quilt website, in 2013 I wrote an article for Machine Quilting Magazine. That article, “Last but not Least — Label your Quilt“, is now available for free, in conjunction with Quilt Alliance’s pledge drive.
I hope you join the efforts to preserve our quilt making heritage. Along with that, I encourage you to document your quilt, too. I have a free quilt documentation form that can help you document your quilts. Please feel free to make copies of this form and distribute it to your fellow quilters as well.
Kim Lang has rescued a quilt from her local thrift store in Roanoke, Virginia. She reports that it is in excellent condition, and she feels it may have been donated by mistake. She writes, “While I would love to keep it, I can’t stop looking online for someone saying they are missing it.”
If this quilt belongs to you, please contact Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Katie Eveler hopes to recover her lost Sunbonnet Sue quilt. The top was made by her great-grandmother, and the quilt was finished by her grandma. The quilt was last seen during the early 1980’s or possibly the late 1970’s. It was last seen in Arlington, Virginia. It may have been lost when moving or living with roommates.
This twin-size Sunbonnet Sue quilt has light blue sashing. The Sunbonnet Sues were made of colored calicos — mostly florals. There may have been some flour sack fabric used. Coordinating solids were used for the dress, arm, and bonnet. Each block has a white background. Every block has a different hand embroidered design as a border around the hat brim. Some may have been more like circling the base of the crown. The Sues were hand appliqués to each square with visible/decorative running stitches; some or all were done in black. The quilt top was likely made during the 1930’s. Katie believes there were four blocks across (maybe only 3) and about 4 or 5 blocks long. It is twin size and drops about 8-10 inches on each side of the bed.
If you find this quilt, please contact Katie at email@example.com.