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Thread: Quilter's pain

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    I just wanted to share as I have little that I can do to help. My quilting buddy's home was burgled yesterday. The neighbor saw their garage door open in the afternoon with no one home.

    The good news is part of her sewing room had been moved to new retirement home in Colorado. The bad news is they cleaned out what she kept to be able to continue to sew until her actual retirement. This includes sewing machines and all her quilting supplies and knitting supplies also.

    She is inventoring today to determine if any of her quilts or quilt collection is missing. That as well as all the personnal information they have to deal with on the identity theft problem.

    So, I think I will try to gather a little sewing/knitting care package together for her to replace all those notions we take for granted that are always there. It is such an invasion and makes you feel terrible.

    Thanks for letting me share my sadness with you.

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    What a bummer!! She must feel so violated!!!
    I hope that she finds that her quilts are mostly safe. The machnes can be replaced but I'm sure that some of those quilts are treasures and can't be replaced.

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    Hope the insurance pays for all of it! Hope she had pictures!

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    I would like to help you put something together for her, to replace what was taken, even if it is just a little something. Please PM me your addy, and I will ship something out for you to give her. COME ON GUYS, WHOS WITH ME?

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    all I can say is who would even think to take quilting supplies? other than those of us who quilt who would think that they would bring any amount of money. the sewing machines yes. but all the other tools and the fabric and the knitting stuff. that sounds weird to me. the house must have been cased a few times. I wish that I could help but I don't have anything that I could send. don't have much at all in the way of anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mygirl66
    I would like to help you put something together for her, to replace what was taken, even if it is just a little something. Please PM me your addy, and I will ship something out for you to give her. COME ON GUYS, WHOS WITH ME?
    I'm with you!! Let us know what we can send to help out!

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    Oh dear . . .I can really relate to this as I had something similar happen to me while in the midst of a move a little over a year ago and had all my sewing supplies in storage. The unit was broken into and my Koala quilting cabinet and Artista 180 were stolen along with many of my notions, etc. Oddly enough, my Elna 925 Serger was left, however, it was behind some larger pieces of furniture that was also left behind. I'm sure she's just heartsick.

    If she's a member of a guild, or a church, maybe there's something you can collectively do. Bless her heart . . .she'll be in my prayers.

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    hmmm, maybe wait and see what she really wants. I don't mean to be a bummer here. I'm just thinking why send a bunch of stuff when you really don't know the situation is, or what she wants.

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    That is so sad. I wish her well and hope the insurance company can come through for her. If I have duplicates of anything that she needs, I could send it to her. Do you know what she needs? Send me a PM and I will see what I can come up with for her.

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    PM an address and things definitely needed please...I want to help.

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    I'd be watching your local newspapers, ebay & nearby garage sales for someone selling the items your neighbor just lost. No one risks stealing something that they haven't figured out a way to get cash for quickly. Last I checked, pawn shops weren't taking quilting stuff so my guess is rummage sale or ebay. I hope the police catch them. I despise thieves more than cockroaches!

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    Gosh darn it! People who steal just make me mad. I am so sorry for your neighbor.

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    Quilting supplies and sewing machines? Seems to be odd things to take. Very good idea about watching Craig's list and even Ebay. Hope she finds her quilts all safe.

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    This should serve as a reminder to record your serial numbers of everything and take photos. Lock them in a safe place for proof in the event anything is located.

    You never recover from the violation.

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    So sorry to hear that. 3 years ago someone went into my horse trailer and took everything I owned including 2 custom made saddles and even the spurs off my boots!!! You do feel violated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Windwalker
    This should serve as a reminder to record your serial numbers of everything and take photos. Lock them in a safe place for proof in the event anything is located.

    You never recover from the violation.
    Unfortunately, we tend to learn after the fact, too.

    My stuff was all carefully marked and recorded but it was still taken. Some electonic equipment was actually located halfway across the country, but the police kept it as evidence and I never did get it back. The insurance company treated me like I was the criminal. It's a horrible, horrible experience.

    If something is a deal too good to believe, question where it comes from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BKrenning
    I'd be watching your local newspapers, ebay & nearby garage sales for someone selling the items your neighbor just lost. No one risks stealing something that they haven't figured out a way to get cash for quickly. Last I checked, pawn shops weren't taking quilting stuff so my guess is rummage sale or ebay. I hope the police catch them. I despise thieves more than cockroaches!
    A good friend of mine started searching pawn shops after his home was robbed and he realized how limited the police investigation would be... and he found his computer, the shop owner tried to argue with him so he turned it on and there bright as day was the wallpaper, of him and a friend. The police were able to get the name of the thief from the pawnshop and recover most of his items.

    I wholeheartedly agree with conducting your own investigation as best as possible.

    That said, the situation is awful. I am glad she has friends that care about her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mygirl66
    I would like to help you put something together for her, to replace what was taken, even if it is just a little something. Please PM me your addy, and I will ship something out for you to give her. COME ON GUYS, WHOS WITH ME?
    Lisa, if you would like us to send some fabric/notions/etc, just say the word! There are so many of us here who would love to help out a fellow quilter. PM your address

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    Quote Originally Posted by mygirl66
    I would like to help you put something together for her, to replace what was taken, even if it is just a little something. Please PM me your addy, and I will ship something out for you to give her. COME ON GUYS, WHOS WITH ME?
    I would like to help also.

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    I thank you all for your kind words and thoughts. It is just so frustrating. The police said they were the 4th house hit in their neighborhood that day. They think it is a ring that has been working in various areas all over the county. I hope they have a good experience with their insurance company, I use the same one. I have sent word out to our quilt guild.

    So far it looks like no quilts were taken. That is good news. They were to leave on vacation tomorrow but that is cancelled since they have to do everything with cash since closing all bank accounts and credit cards.

    The strangest items taken, every bandage in the house and DH's shaving cream.

    It appears they pulled a car into the garage and closed the door. Loaded up and then quietly drove away. It is just awful. I had my identity stolen once and that was bad but noone was in my house. I can't imagine the feeling of coming home and having every cabinet and drawer emptied on the floor.

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    All, I thought about what was in her favorite sewing box, a nice old fashioned oval wooden one she kept all her hand work supplies. So here is a list that I have come up with that I know was in that box.

    Smallish Sewing box
    Pin cushion
    Pins
    quilting needles
    leather thimble
    pin cushion
    scissor lanyard
    small scissors
    Safety Pins
    Ripper
    Marking chalk

    I have an extra machine that I am going to give her until she can purchase a replacement. Yes, keep all those serial numbers. And listed someplace besides the computer....they took that which had all the pictures as well as her backup CDs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b.zang
    Quote Originally Posted by Windwalker
    This should serve as a reminder to record your serial numbers of everything and take photos. Lock them in a safe place for proof in the event anything is located.

    You never recover from the violation.
    Unfortunately, we tend to learn after the fact, too.

    My stuff was all carefully marked and recorded but it was still taken. Some electonic equipment was actually located halfway across the country, but the police kept it as evidence and I never did get it back. The insurance company treated me like I was the criminal. It's a horrible, horrible experience.

    If something is a deal too good to believe, question where it comes from.
    In many places you have to fill out a form to get your evidence back from the police and you only have a certain amount of time to do it before it is declared abandoned and auctioned off. Call whatever police department had it and find out their policies. They don't deliver your stuff back--you have to go get it.

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    I hope the neighbors that saw the door open with nobody home called the police or someone. How sad - it just sucks that people have to be dishonest.

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    This is so sad. :(

    I would like an address so I can send something... Hopefully it will be some small comfort knowing the quilting world is in her corner! HUGS

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    We were broken into a number of years ago and they also took very strange things....bottles of shaving lotion, little figurines.....clothes, shoes....just weird stuff along with what you would usually think. The police told us that when that happens it is usually gangs from Mexico and that they send truckloads of stuff back across the border to set up whole houses for their families.

    It is more than maddening!!!! I feel for your friend. Hope they had good insurance to replace the stuff. The emotional tole won't go away... :evil:

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