Lost Quilts


Have you ever lost something precious? If you have never made a quilt, you don’t know the love that goes into each and every one, not to mention the tremendous commitment of time. Some quilts can take ten hours. But some can take hundreds! When a quilter makes a quilt that he or she has spent that much time on, it becomes a part of him/her, just as carrying a baby for nine months does.

Like anything else, quilts can become misplaced, lost or even stolen. GASP! The Lost Quilt Come Home Page provides information and photos of missing quilts. I think it’s always a good idea to check the website before and after attending a quilt show. You never know when you will see a quilt that has been reported as stolen!

Along those same lines, the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena has in its possession a depiction of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden by Lucas Cranach the Elder. A Jewish art dealer left the panels in Holland when he fled the invading Germans in 1940. Read more about it here.

Something to ponder: If you have made a quilt and it is stolen, and years later it is sold to an art dealer or flea market owner and then purchased, who actually owns the quilt?

You make quilt -> quilt stolen -> art dealer -> quilt buyer

Who owns the quilt?