Quilts get lost for many reasons. A read through the Lost Quilt website is heartbreaking. Many quilts are clearly stolen from shows and booths — somehow mysteriously not packed up with the other quilts. (These are not just national quilt shows. One woman’s quilt was being displayed in a library.) Others are left in hotel rooms, or go missing in a hospital.
One unusual story was about a woman, in the beginning stages of dementia, who took her quilt to be repaired and forgot about it. Years later, her family is still trying to recover the quilt.
Lostquilt.com is an excellent website to read through. Not only are the stories interesting (but tragic), it also tells you how to protect your own quilts. The most recent missing quilt is Sally Schneider’s “Farmer’s Daughter.” This quilt is spectacular and I can’t imagine how upsetting it would be to lose such a quilt.