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    Not sure if I should post this here or under "Main" but here goes: I get a newletter called "Quilters Village Newsletter". Today there was a story about a quilt stolen off a front porch in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho just before Christmas. A mother made and sent it to her daughter, who is getting married. Evidently, the entire neighborhood was struck by thieves taking any boxes off porches. I believe the pattern was a type of star pattern with messages about "faith, hope, joy" interspersed. The mother is watching Ebay to see if it comes up for auction, others are suggesting checking craigslist, etc. Anyway, I wanted to pass this along, reminding us again, to require signatures for anything we send to someone to avoid this heartbreak. My heart breaks to think that beautiful quilt may have been just tossed in a dumpster by ignorant, despicable thieves.

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    So sorry to hear about that story. It takes a lot of love to makes these quilts and then someone just takes them. I hope she does find it.

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    Oh my that is terrible! Why do people do such things?! I hope they do find it!

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    I also insure mine for the full retail price when shipping them. The quilt may be lost/stolen but at least I can recoup the cost of time and material and make another one if necessary.

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    Thats terrible!! I hope whoever took it is haunted by their actions! :evil:

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    Oh how sad! I feel so badly for all concerned. Unfortunately there are always going to be people who will do such things.

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    How awful!! I would even check thrift stores like Goodwill and Salvation Army. I hope it is found. I made my DD a quilt for Christmas and would be heart broken if it was stolen. Hopefuly, what goes around will come back and kick the thieves in the hiney.

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    In 2001 had an art quilt that won a ribbon in AZ at the state guild show in PHX and was later juried into an art gallery in Ft. Collins, CO. When mailed back to me after 4 months, it was stolen from the local PO!!! While I had it insured for $3000. I would never have received that amount except that I had a ribbon, profession photos (for Louisa Smith's Strip 'n Curves book) AND the papers for the juried show. THE USPS will take your dollars, but unless you have some proof of value (an appraisal, for instance) you will only get back "replacement" value. In my case... maybe $6-700. BEWARE! Once I realized (after a month) it wasn't going to show up I advertised it on the website "Missing Quilts", but it's never come back to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabricmaniac
    In 2001 had an art quilt that won a ribbon in AZ at the state guild show in PHX and was later juried into an art gallery in Ft. Collins, CO. When mailed back to me after 4 months, it was stolen from the local PO!!! While I had it insured for $3000. I would never have received that amount except that I had a ribbon, profession photos (for Louisa Smith's Strip 'n Curves book) AND the papers for the juried show. THE USPS will take your dollars, but unless you have some proof of value (an appraisal, for instance) you will only get back "replacement" value. In my case... maybe $6-700. BEWARE! Once I realized (after a month) it wasn't going to show up I advertised it on the website "Missing Quilts", but it's never come back to me.
    That just breaks my heart.
    I believe in Karma.

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    What is wrong with people? I am thinking the only way I will ship quilts is if the reciepint signs for it.

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    Sad.

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    That is really sad!

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    hate to hear that

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    this world...it's not even just quilts. Our pastor's truck was broken into..flat screen tv for our children's ministry, equipment for our church and his prayer journal all stolen. hopefully whomever stole everything read he prayer journal and realizes how awful their actions were and eventually repent...

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    How sad. Hopefully she will be able to recover it.

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    I was told that it is a good idea to make the quilt label a part of the quilt and to quilt over the label too, so it cant be removed. This is so sad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieLou
    I also insure mine for the full retail price when shipping them. The quilt may be lost/stolen but at least I can recoup the cost of time and material and make another one if necessary.
    I shipped a quilt in November by UPS and was told that it could not be insured as it didn't have any value. It was considered homemade crafts where a value could not be determined so therefore had no value. The man that took my package went into a long spiel about how he knows this quilt is invaluable to me but of no value to them.

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    So sorry for this lady to have this happen, it' like losing a part of you. Hope she gets it back, but somehow I doubt it. These people who do this kind of thing have no conscience.

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    I hate the way UPS and FedEX just leave a package on the porch. Why don't they leave an undeliverable slip instead. Most people would rather go to the trouble of going to the shipper and picking up their box than have it stolen. Just my opinion. Sorry for all the lost quilts and the hard working quilters who made them.

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    I get that news letter too and read about it yesterday...how sad is it that these things happen. I think we will be reading and hearing about it happening more often with the economy the way it is, some will do anything to make a few dollars, stealing and reselling.

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    My family had problems with stolen quilts and other things that had been given to my father who was living in a nursing home the last four years of his life. Because my mother spent part of each day there with him, she immediately noticed when something was missing. We later found out that some of the items were taken by employees. One time my youngest brother made a huge fuss about a gift from one of our family members that had been stolen from my father's room. After about a week of his continually going to the office to check to see if it had been returned and making another huge fuss when it hadn't been, someone finally got the messsage he wasn't going to let it drop and the gift was returned. Mom finally had to take every gift home where Dad never got to enjoy them. Several stolen gifts were donated by caring quilters such as yourselves. I hate to think of all of the patients who have lost gifts in this manner. It keeps me from donating to nursing homes. My DMIL passed away just a couple of weeks before my Dad died. Both ended their lives in nursing homes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tropical
    My family had problems with stolen quilts and other things that had been given to my father who was living in a nursing home the last four years of his life. Because my mother spent part of each day there with him, she immediately noticed when something was missing. We later found out that some of the items were taken by employees. One time my youngest brother made a huge fuss about a gift from one of our family members that had been stolen from my father's room. After about a week of his continually going to the office to check to see if it had been returned and making another huge fuss when it hadn't been, someone finally got the messsage he wasn't going to let it drop and the gift was returned. Mom finally had to take every gift home where Dad never got to enjoy them. Several stolen gifts were donated by caring quilters such as yourselves. I hate to think of all of the patients who have lost gifts in this manner. It keeps me from donating to nursing homes. My DMIL passed away just a couple of weeks before my Dad died. Both ended their lives in nursing homes.


    This is so sad ! these people who do this are the lowest of the low, so sorry for the loss of you Dad and MIL.

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    Very, Very Sad!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lvaughan
    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieLou
    I also insure mine for the full retail price when shipping them. The quilt may be lost/stolen but at least I can recoup the cost of time and material and make another one if necessary.
    I shipped a quilt in November by UPS and was told that it could not be insured as it didn't have any value. It was considered homemade crafts where a value could not be determined so therefore had no value. The man that took my package went into a long spiel about how he knows this quilt is invaluable to me but of no value to them.
    Guess it depends on the employee. I shipped my quilt by UPS and they never questioned it. I told them what was in the box. I rarely ship anything to a residence if I have a choice of shipping it to a business address. There you get a signature and they don't leave it on the porch. If I have to ship to a residence I request an adult signature.

    Sorry for the loss of your quilt. Some people have no conscience.

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    Someone stole all the new toys for the Pineville WV toy fund party for indigent children this year. There are some BAD people out there, will take anything and no conscience whatsoever about their actions. I imagine there have been a lot of stolen quilts that people don't even report to anyone, not to mention other stuff. So sad.

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