Karen Combs has experienced the theft of numerous quilts and samples. Sometime between midnight and 6 AM on March 16, 2012, her rental car’s driver side window was broken and her teaching suitcase was stolen. The car was parked at a hotel located at 750 IH 35 North in New Braunfels, Texas. The police were called and they stated the break-in looked like the work of a professional. It was likely a “smash and grab” with the thief not knowing what was in the suitcase.
The black suitcase contained quilts for her Patchwork Illusions class, along with teaching supplies and demo items. It was in the back of an SUV. The quilts are original designs. They are labeled with Karen’s name and address. The labels are sewn on the back, and could easily be removed.
Karen wrote in her March 18 blog entry, “It is something every traveling quilt teacher fears, her quilts will be stolen or lost. Unfortunately, it has happened to me. I’m heartbroken. . . please share the images and story below. I hope they will be found.”
She also writes, “If you live in New Braunfels or anywhere in Texas, please check local yard sales, flea markets and pawn shops for the quilts. Everyone, please forward this blog posting to every quilter and quilt shop you know and ask them to forward it to everyone they know.”
You can read more about these stolen quilts on Karen Combs’ blog, karencombs.wordpress.com/.
If you have any information about this theft, please contact Karen firstname.lastname@example.org.