It’s something we always have in the back of our minds when we send off a piece of our work. What if it gets lost? Goes missing? Is stolen or otherwise unaccounted for? This is always a sad occurrence, but when your loss is a world-recognized award-winning quilt, into which you put your heart and soul (to say nothing of the expense) AND it is the quilt that graces your very own book cover, well... words fall short.
This week C&T Publishing announced in a press release here that three quilts and a table runner have gone missing from the Spring Quilt Market that was held in May here in Salt Lake City. As a crazy quilter, I am of course, particularly distraught that among those quilts was Allison Aller’s jewel, Crazy in the Garden.
It is mortifying that this could not only happen in our quilting world, but that it actually did happen here in Salt Lake City. It is not known (or at least is not known by the general public) whether the quilts were stolen at the venue, “acquired” by someone in the packing and shipping process, or lost in the mails.
Many quilters are posting these pictures on their blogs, and they have also been listed in the Lost Quilts website. Everyone seems to be stunned, frustrated, angry, and saddened. Condolences are being offered all around, as we needleworkers all understand their loss.
Since many of my readers are Utahns, I would like to appeal to you to keep yours eyes open as you are out and about locally at quilting or needlework shops or quilt gatherings and the like.
Perhaps with all of us working together, spreading the word and being additional sets of vigilant eyes, these lost quilts can find their way home. We quilters - traditional and crazy - are practiced at working together toward a common goal. Our politicians could take a lesson from us.