Keeping your Quilts from Being Stolen

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Have you ever heard of a quilt being stolen?  

Even typing that in gives me the willies and makes me sad.  It’s not something that we like to talk about or hear about.

It happens more than you think.

And not just from the quilt store.  Most often they are stolen from bathrooms (you know those super cute little quilts that decorate the walls), quilt shows (this is done A LOT!), stores, display booths, from the mail…..and it goes on.

Quilts are really admired by everyone and when there is an opportunity to take one- it usually happens.  I’m thinking for the most part it might be out of love.  The person who is doing the taking simply L O V E S the quilt enough to risk everything for ownership.

Because we are such a tight stitch family- us quilters, it’s not easy for the goods to be sold again without someone finding out.  We are very possessive and protective of our quilts and projects and we are always on the look out.

Whatever the reason- it happens.  It’s sad when it happens.

A lot of times, they aren’t found.


So, today let’s help each other out by finding ways you can give a little added protection to the quilt.  You don’t want to be the one getting the news that your quilt is gone.

keep your quilts from being stolen - learn 3 tricks to help keep your quilts safe.

3 Ways to Keep Your Quilts from Being Stolen~

  1. Label the quilt–  sounds so simple, but if you took a little bit of extra time to write or print on a piece of fabric and then stitch it on the quilt, that will help.  Give info on it that would help it get returned if it was taken.  Like -name, state.  When you attach your label try to get the stitching super secure.  Don’t make it easy to remove.  If you can – place it on the back before it is machine quilted.  Then it will be tacked down by a lot of stitches and not just the outside border.
  2. Use quilt hangers or tubes on the back of the quilt so it can’t just be lifted off the hanger and folded up. Add additional safety pins on the hanger tubes to secure, and not make it easy to slide right off.
  3. Documentation– take pictures.  Make notes.  Keep a quilt or project journal (this one is coming soon!)  When you are missing a quilt you can easily look up the details to help with description, size, pattern.  Have pictures- and even little details that wouldn’t be known to anyone but you the stitcher.  This will help identifying the quilt itself as well as provide info that you are truly the owner.

Those are the ones that come off the top of my head.

I wonder if there was a ribbon you could stitch to the quilt and then pin it to the hanging bar…or something like that manner that would work?

What about a hidden pocket with a tracker? 🙂

If you have lost a quilt- what to do now? 

Reach out to your own connections and let them know – have your friends help spread the word.

Here are a couple of places you can check on for lost quilts as well.  It’s so nice to see others that help get the quilts back to their owners.

Lost Quilt Come Home

Missing Quilts

Stolen Quilts

I’m thinking there might a few others that you’ve heard of or used that have worked—- what are they?

Leave a comment and let us know about it.

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