Recovered: What Cancer Can’t Do

SmithShelby-WhatCancerCantDoShelby Smith was seeking to recover the Cancer Quilt that she made for a dear family friend who has cancer. The quilt was last seen June 25, 2014 in New Canaan, Connecticut. It was accidentally included in a donation of goods for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of CT. The entire donation was shipped to the Thrift Saver store in Bristol, CT. The store has no record of the sale, and they do not have the quilt in their store. Shelby hopes to get this quilt back because the owner would like this quilt to be donated to a hospital so it can be displayed to provide comfort to others battling cancer.

During November 2014, the quilt was found! It had been placed in a pillowcase and it was believed to be a pillow. After the recipient passed, her family was going through her house and were thrilled to find the quilt.

The front consists of 42 multi-colored Pineapple Chunks blocks on an almost-white background. This block design looks like a square in a square design with the corners cut off. The blocks are separated by beige sashing. The quilt measures about 50 inches wide by 60 inches long.

SmithShelby-WhatCancerCantDo-backThe back is a Jelly Roll race, using fabric strips in a variety of colors. All of the fabrics are from the Stonehenge fabric collection, and look like colored stone. Appliqued and embroidered on the back are twelve inspirational pieces from the What Cancer Cannot Do panel, with the following texts on them:

  • Cancer Cannot Cripple Love
  • Cancer Cannot Corrode Faith
  • Cancer Cannot Steal Humor
  • Cancer Cannot Silence Courage
  • Cancer Cannot Shatter Hope
  • Cancer Cannot Destroy Peace
  • Cancer Cannot Conquer the Spirit
  • Cancer Cannot Kill Friendship
  • Cancer Cannot Erase Memories
  • Cancer Cannot Erode Confidence
  • Cancer Cannot Stifle Laughter
  • Cancer Cannot Invade the Soul

Medal of Honor quilt

BrownKit-BacaArbuckleThe Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild needs help recovering a quilt that has disappeared during shipping. This quilt was last seen in Knoxville, Tennessee on September 15, 2014. It was being shipped from Knoxville to Julian, California in a box with other convention materials and gifts received at the convention. It was a gift to a Medal of Honor recipient from a quilter in Knoxville. The box containing the quilt and other gifts was give to the recipient during their annual convention and it was looted at some point during the trip from Tennessee to the San Diego area.

The main colors in this 61″ by 61″ quilt are red, gold, navy, and white. The design is an exploding star coming out of a central star. It is machine pieced and machine quilted. It has a label that says, “Created for John R. Baca by Linda Arbuckle and Karen Harper. Presented
September 2014 at Knoxville, TN.” The label is hand appliquéd to the bottom center of the backing.

If you can help with the recovery of this quilt, please contact Kit Brown at

Quilt accidentally donated to thrift store?

DesormeyHeidi-foundHDHeidi Desormey recently purchased a duvet cover at her local thrift store in Minnesota and she found this quilt inside. She is wondering if it was accidentally/unknowingly donated. It is a treasure that is labeled that it was commissioned as a gift from Tim Duffy.

This quilt is queen to king size. It is made from a variety of colors with a white background and green trim. It is machine pieced and machine appliquéd. It has a label that indicates it was made in 1999.

If you have any information regarding this quilt, please contact Heidi at

Purple and Orchid Quilt

StuckenschmidtNancy-PurpleAndOrchidNancy Stuckenschmidt hopes someone may have found her missing purple and orchid, queen size quilt. The quilt was machine pieced and machine quilted in 2008. It has a label that says, “Made by Grandma Stuckenschmidt.” The label is machine embroidered on the front of the quilt. The quilt was last seen during 2013 in Omaha, Nebraska. It was left behind in an apartment or in a storage unit.

If you find this quilt, please contact Nancy at

Noah’s Ark Baby Quilt

MillerKatherine-NoahsArkBabyQuiltKatherine R. Miller hopes someone found her Noah’s Ark Baby Quilt. She sent it from Lompoc, California to Jerusalem, Israel in July 2012. This quilt consists of red, blue, beige, and white nine-patch squares alternating with navy blue squares. There are five blocks with a Noah’s Ark printed fabric motif.

If you find this quilt, please contact Katherine at

Acute Quilt

SpenceHeather-AccuteQuiltHeather Spence is searching for her “Acute Quilt.” It was last seen on July 26, 2014 at Nolting Manufacturing in Hiawatha, Iowa. It was with a shipping company and was last scanned in Commerce City, Colorado, but it disappeared while in their possession.

This original quilt is 60″ by 62″. The main colors are white, blue, green, red, and yellow. It is made out of 60 degree triangles. There are four “stars” on a white background. The quilting lines are about 1/16″ apart. It is bound in the same colored fabrics that are used to make the stars. This quilt is machine pieced and machine quilted. It has a label hand appliquéd to the back that says:

Acute Quilt
by Heather Spence
HMQS Quilt Show
AdornIt Quilt Challenge 2014

This quilt won a third place ribbon at the HMQS show (Home Machine Quilting Show). If you can help, please contact Heather at

Double Irish Chain Shamrock Quilt

Donna Napier would like to recover a Double Irish Chain that she made for her daughter. She writes, “When my husband and I took our daughter to college In Los Angeles, she had the quilt. Unbeknownst to me, she gave the quilt to my husband to take home. My husband cannot remember if the quilt made it home in San Diego and was accidentally donated with other items or if it was stolen curbside near the dormitory in Los Angeles while he was getting the car…I only discovered the quilt was missing when my daughter came home from college in May 2012.”

This twin size quilt was made of purple, green, and white fabrics. Heart shapes are laid out to form shamrocks and shamrocks were machine quilted. It was made in 2011. It does not have a label.

If you find this quilt, please contact Donna at

Motorcycle Lap Quilt

StevensKasia-MotorcycleLapQuiltKasia Stevens would like to recover this Motorcycle Lap Quilt. It was last seen in Pueblo, Colorado on September 15, 2013. It was stolen from a broken down vehicle on I-25, south of Denver. This quilt was supposed to be raffled off for the Rocky Mountain Curves to contribute to charity.

This lap size quilt features red and black fabrics along with a motorcycle print. It was machine pieced and machine quilted in 2012.

If you find this quilt, please contact Kasia at

Grandmother Flower Garden

Debbie-GFGblocksDebbie Holmberg asks that you be on the lookout for her missing Grandmother Flower Garden quilt. On July 22, 2014, it was in a locked vehicle parked at the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington. The vehicle was broken into and the luggage was stolen. The quilt was inside the suitcase. A police report has been filed regarding this theft.

This full size quilt is made with 30’s reproduction fabrics and old scraps from the 1950s. It has a label has pictures of a woman who pieced the blocks; one picture of her as a young woman and one when she was elderly. The blocks were hand pieced, the setting is machine pieced and it is machine quilted. It was finished in 2013. The label is one of the blocks used in the quilt. It reads:

Mary Ellen(Cosbey) Schenck Born on November 22, 1861. The Grandmother Flower Garden Blocks were hand sewn by “Ella”. She was a farm wife and later moved to Moorhead, MN where she lived until the age of 94 in 1956. Pieced by Debbie Holmberg Highlands Ranch,CO Quilted by Carol Willey Castle Rock,CO 2013

If you find this quilt, please contact Debbie at

Found: Southwestern Quilt

ThompsonAnn-FoundQuiltAnn Thompson of Albuquerque, New Mexico hopes someone recognizes this quilt. She writes, “I found and bought this spectacular quilt at a flea market and I’m posting it because the workmanship is wonderful and I cannot believe that someone would sell it at a garage sale or somewhere else. I have tried to google names but nothing definitive found.”

This quilt is 40″ by 40″. The main colors are browns and beiges. It has a Lone Star Center surrounded by a variety of Southwester images. It is machine pieced and machine quilted. It has a label which was written in ink and hand sewn on. It is hard to read except that it indicates a designer, piecer, and quilter, along with the year 2006.

If you recognize this quilt, please contact Ann at to positively identify it.