Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Much To Be Grateful For!

I'm back home from fall market with a whole lot to share.  Some really great news and some not so great news.

First of all, my year long super-secret-scrappy-project, now known to the world as The Circa 1880 Nine Patch quilt and club was a big hit!!  Dare I say the quilt was a show stopper.  Many people really did stop dead in their tracks while passing my booth to take a look at the quilt.  The quilt really is something special and I am so grateful that it was well received by so many people.  Lots and lots of shops signed up for this club so watch for your LQS to advertise The Circa 1880 Club coming soon! 

I still have to show you the small quilts that are a part of the club, too, and will do so in my next post.  


But, I am anxious to get the word out about about the three quilts pictured in the pattern cover above.  

All three of these quilts and the blue one below were stolen from my booth on Friday while we were all attending a Schoolhouse presentation.  
Storyteller ~ Mrs. Miller's Apprentice BOM bonus quilt 
My three Tokens of the Past: Yuletide Greetings quilts, the bonus quilt from Mrs. Miller's Apprentice BOM and four fat quarter bundles were gone when we returned from Schoolhouse.  The authorities were alerted.  The quilts have labels sewn into them, but I don't have high hopes of them being returned.  The head of security said it was likely a convention building worker and not another exhibitor.  

Market had its challenges this year.  My flight was delayed 5 hours going to Houston due to rain, my luggage and all my clothes were soaking wet, I fell off the ladder on Thursday and hurt my back, and my quilts were stolen on Friday.  I could dwell on the unfortunate events that took place, but instead I am grateful.

Grateful I arrived in Houston on Tuesday safe and sound, grateful my clothes dried and the hotel was able to laundered some others, grateful I didn't hit my head, break a bone or knock my teeth out when I fell.  I am grateful to my fellow Marcus designer friends and all my friends at Marcus Fabrics who helped me with everything I needed, and let me know how much they cared!  I am also grateful that my new designs were so well received by shop owners and that I safely returned home to my family.  

It feels much better to be grateful than to hold onto anger about anything that happened.  I do ask that should you see any of my quilts on eBay that you just let me know.  I am grateful for that as well.  I'll be posting about my stolen quilts on social media, and if you have time, please share the post so the word gets around.  

I am grateful for each and every one of you as well.  Thank you for your continued support which allows me to keep doing the things we all love.   

30 comments:

  1. Bonnie Hunter posted just this morning about a site that publicizes lost quilts. Don't recall the name right offhand but you might check her blog post. So sorry your quilts were stolen. I hope you can recover them soon.

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  2. That is one utterly amazing quilt! Just draw-dropping.

    Your quilts were stolen? Oh. I hope that who stole them has any sort of conscience. Your faith and attitude are astounding.

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  3. LOVE the photo of your quilt hanging in your booth! Must be a feeling of satisfaction to see the finished quilt! I am SO sorry to hear of your loss of quilts and fabric!

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  4. lostquilt.com is the site for missing quilts. There may be others.

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  5. sorry to hear about your stolen Quilts. Hope they are found. Last year someone mentioned that the trailer with all the quilts was stolen. Tragic that others think stealing is a gainful way to receive treasures.

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  6. Pam, it is so inspiring that you are dwelling on the positive and voicing your gratitude. Rest assured, Karma will take care of the negativity.

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  7. So sorry about the theft from your booth--on top of all the other issues you had on the way to Houston! The FB page is called Lost Quilt Come Home. Just this morning they posted a quilt that was shared this morning on their FB page & it was immediately identified & will be mailed from Ohio to Oklahoma where it belongs. This FB page really does help get the word out! You should post your pics on it with your story! Good luck! Hope they are located!

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  8. Pam,
    This theft makes me so angry. Somebody knows who the thief is and I hope the culprit is found and your quilts returned.
    On a happier note, Circa 1880 is so beautiful in its simplicity. I really look forward to making it!

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  9. So sorry for all the awful things that happened. So glad that you can find the positive- it’s so true that it could have been worse. I find it so hard to believe that those thefts went unnoticed. Any cameras???
    . I’m loving the 1880 nine patch.💕 I really think that this one is the star of the show!

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  10. Whoever stole your quilts and fabrics, he has a good taste. I love all of your quilts and wish I had more time. On some days you'd wish to have stayed in bed. Just erase it out of your mind. Very emphatic greetings, Birgitt

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  11. You are amazing. I’m so sorry for the awful experiences, but so glad you’re putting the anger where it belongs and being a positive example. I hope your quilts are found. Your art is so beautiful and relaxing to look at.

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  12. I am incredibly sorry to hear that your quilts were stolen and that you had such a rough trip! I am saddened by our society at present - too many people out there with no regard for their fellow man. I really hope this person gets caught or somehow develops a conscience and returns your property. On a brighter note, I am happy to see that you are able to see the positive in it all and I absolutely LOVE Circa 1880 and can't wait to get started on it. Glad you are home safe & sound!

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  13. Pam, I want to tell you how much I love how you displayed all your quilts, your booth looks amazing! And I just knew that your Circa 1880 Nine Patch was going to be the hit of the show. I am so so sorry that someone has taken away part of your excitement of that, they will get their dues. Karma is alive!! Keep your positive attitude and I hope whoever decided they needed your quilts and fabric so bad they had to steal them really thinks about weather it was truly worth it.

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  14. Pam, I'm so glad you made it home to your family safe and sound. I admire your attitude in gratefulness and God bless you! I'm so sorry your beautiful quilts were stolen.

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  15. So sorry to hear about these challenges. Sometimes we just wonder why life has to be so hard???!
    Glad you are home safe and sound!

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  16. I do hope the power of social media helps find your stolen quilts and they are returned soon. Take care....avoid ladders!

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  17. I am thrilled to hear of the success of Circa 1880!! That is wonderful, Pam! And I can't wait to see the little quilts to go along with it.
    On the other side of the coin, I am heartsick about your missing quilts! I do so hope the exposure through social media will bring these quilts home to you soon!

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  18. Don't they have cameras everywhere? That is terrible. I'm so sorry. Probably will end up on Ebay. Maybe everyone can watch for them.

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  19. I love your quilts and patterns and sorry to hear about all that happened. Sometimes it is hard to look only toward the positive . What amazing spirit and heart you have .God Bless.

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  20. Oh I’m so sorry this happened to you, I’m praying they will make it back to you soon. Hope your back feels better too... I’m doing a block of the month with Primitive Gatherings for Mrs Millers apprentice I’m really looking forward to it, the picture of the quilt was beautiful

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  21. I’m so sad to hear this Pam. Sending good thoughts you will recover them.

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  22. Oh Pam we are so sorry to hear about the theft. We will spread the word and hopefully they will be returned.

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  23. I've always loved your quilt patterns and fabric collections. Obviously, the quilt thief has very good taste, but with everyone in the quilt world looking out for them, they are bound to be found. Hoping your back feels better and there is no permanent damage.

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  24. Siento leer esto,. Deseo que pronto recuperes tus edredones.
    Y el ladrón sea castigado por ello.
    ¡¡ lo siento!!

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  25. I love the nine patch quilt. I want to make one.
    I have prayed that Father God will dispatch a angel with an assignment to recover and return your quilts to you.
    I also petitioned that the thief will be caught and prosecuted. May it be so.

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  26. I am thrilled to hear that your 9-patch was so well received - it really is a beautiful quilt. And so disappointed to also hear that your quilts were stolen. I really do admire your positive attitude to your 'adventures' at Houston. I hope your back gets better soon - and also, of course, that your quilts are returned.

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  27. So sad to hear about the stolen quilts. It is so difficult to comprehend the 'why' of why someone would do that. But it is good for you body and soul to focus on the positive. Glad to hear that you are doing that.

    And yes, your 9-patch quilt is stunning! Beautiful simplicity.

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  28. Oh no!!! I'm so sorry to hear all this. I have been off the internet for a while. I can't believe you had quilts stolen! All I can say is the crooks have good taste! Hopefully they will turn up if they try to sell them. Your quilt looked wonderful in the booth! Surely wish I had seen it there. I will see it in person some day. I hope to get mine going soon. I am a few hundred blocks shy but I might start piecing rows anyway. Do take care.

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  29. I heard about this when I was at the show. Really ticks me off too. I'm glad you have a wonderful attitude about the mishaps.

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