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 the Oak Harbor military base 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. His ex-wife claimed she did not know where it went or what happened to it. It is possible she sold the quilt, gave it away, threw it away, or still has it. She now lives in Jacksonville (Flemming Island), Florida.
The queen size 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.” It has a bright blue patterned back. The hand stitching is straight lines on all straight areas and in long straight lines between the triangles. The black squares have a double circle just inside the square with a six-petal flower within the circles. The border has a blue band and then a black band. The bright blue patterned back is turned forward to create the final border. The border stitching is also straight lines that extend from the small triangles and change directions and the slant of the triangles change.
If you find a quilt that fits this description, please contact Jason at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ann Petersen is asking for help recovering this Wedding Sampler Quilt. This quilt sent from Tucson, Arizona to Erskine, Minnesota. It was last scanned by the shipping company in Hodgkins, Illinois.
This quilt is queen size. The main colors are aqua, mauve, burgundy, blue, and white. It was made from a sampler kit purchased from Joann’s. It is machine pieced and hand quilted. It was made around 2006. It has a label that says something like, “Congratulations to Liz and Lee on your wedding, with love from Grandma Ann and Grandpa Frank.” The label is hand appliqués to a back corner.
If you have seen a quilt that fits this description, please contact Ann at email@example.com.
Carol McMillan is searching for her quilt called Poppies. This quilt was last seen on January 16, 2016 at the Dearth Center in Coldwater, Michigan after a Rotary Draw Down event. Carol donated it to the Rotary for the auction and the person that purchased it was helping with clean up afterwards when it disappeared. Everyone thought it might have gotten packed up with the supplies that are used for the annual event, but it did not turn up this year when they set up.
This quilt is 22″ by 17″. The main colors are green, red, orange, and purple. It is a confetti quilt made of tiny pieces of batik fabric. She learned the technique from Ann Loveless’ class. It is hand pieced, machine pieced, and machine quilted, and it is beaded. It has a label with Carol’s name, the title, and possibly the date, January 2016.
If you find this quilt, please contact Carol at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ann Graf of Quilts, Inc. hopes someone recognizes this quilt that was found. The quilt was found in May 2016 at Spring Market in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was turned into the Lost and Found department during Spring Market.
This quilt is 73″ by 84″. The main colors are peach, rusty red, and brown. The quilt maker used Moda fabrics, the Light and Shadows block (Brackman 2022), and Plain block (Brackman 2020), alternating with large squares. The quilt has a double border. It is machine pieced and machine quilted. It does not have a label.
If this quilt belongs to you, please contact Ann at email@example.com.
Leah Jorgensen would like to find a small baby quilt called Baby Bliss. Leah made this quilt for her first daughter when she was 3 months old. The quilt was last seen during 2013 in Clark County, Washington.
This quilt is 24.5″ by 28.5″. The main colors are pink and red. It is made entirely from a charm pack of Bliss by Bonnie & Camille. It has a “love” appliqué made from fabric in the line, and the binding is also made from the same line. This quilt is machine pieced and machine quilted. It was made in 2012.
If you find this quilt, please contact Lean at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cathy Abashian Williams hopes to recover a quilt that was made of her late father’s clothes. This quilt was last seen on December 31, 2016. It was taken from her brother’s home in Madison, Alabama. It was apparently used to wrap a stolen television during a home burglary. The family would love to get the quilt back since it holds such a deep meaning to them.
This quilt is a little smaller that queen size. It is machine pieced and hand quilted. It was made in 2012. It has a label that says that it was made by Leanne Ottawa in memory of Peter Abashain.
If you find this quilt, please contact Cathy at email@example.com.
Stephanie Nohl needs help recovering her “Buford’s Quilt” which is a family memorial. This quilt was last seen on May 10, 2016 in Stephanie’s house in Clyde, Texas. Her house flooded in May and everything had to be moved out. When they were able to move back in, some items were donated to Goodwill, and this was accidentally among those items.
This lap quilt was made for her in 2016 by Scarlett Kortell. It was made from her dad’s work shirt that says “Buford and Quality Implement” and it features a John Deere tractor, along with fabric from his plaid shirts. It has purple backing. It has a label on the bottom corner of the back which indicates who made the quilt.
If you find this quilt, please contact Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org.