Subject: The found WWII quilts !!!!!!!!!!!! From: <suereichcharter.net> Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2010 0:46:10 -0400 X-Message-Number: 1

This saga has become even more unbelievable to report on. I am beginning to sound like a drama queen but here goes. This afternoon at 5:00 p.m., I received a call from Brenda S. from the FedEx Customer Service Center in Memphis, TN. Brenda has the most heavenly voice I have ever heard. Before I knew the purpose of her call, I asked her if she was for real. If I have a Guardian Angel, I am sure that her voice is that of Brenda's. Brenda told me early on the Wednesday morning she received a call from someone in the quilt world who preferred to remain anonymous. This person told Brenda about the quilts and their importance, beseeching her to help find them. Brenda told me she was so moved that she made it her mission to find the quilts. Sometime in the afternoon, the quilts were delivered in an unmarked cardboard box to a FedEx facility in Salt Lake City, Utah. (FedEx's lost and found items either go to Memphis or Salt Lake City.) The box arrived with no tracking number making it impossible to trace. Sharon at the Salt Lake facility didn't even have them cataloged yet but she sent Brenda a picture, and Brenda called me to confirmed the identity of at least one of the quilts. Brenda assured me the quilts would be overnighted to my home. I am cautiously optimistic that all of the quilts will come home tomorrow. I'll give an update when the box arrives. Words cannot express my gratitude to the quilt world for helping to find these quilts. It took a Quilt APB to locate them but it worked. Congratulations to all of you and specifically to the very special person who interceded in my behalf. This experience has convinced me that I need to continue to share these quilts because of their historic importance. I will be more insistent that the great care be taken in shipping the quilts back home. Early next week, Brenda and Sharon will be receiving the biggest baskets of flowers I can find to order. Despite this experience, I will continue to use FedEx. I have shipped with them for years and this is the first issue, and a big one! But, again, these quilts need to be shared and to that end I am committed.

Sue Reich Washington Depot, Connecticut www.suereichquilts.com http://coveringquilthistory.shutterfly.com/ http://www.majorreichaward.com/

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Subject: RE: The found WWII quilts !!!!!!!!!!!! From: "Candace Perry" <candaceschwenkfelder.com> Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2010 09:05:29 -0400 X-Message-Number: 2

Sue I am thrilled. I had a feeling it was problem with the packaging (it opened and the quilts got separated from their box) and that they would be somewhere in the Fedex system...and kudos to the anonymous "informer"! Candace Perry

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Subject: Re: patriotic quilt exhibit From: "Monika Jones" <monikaj1earthlink.net> Date: Wed, 18 Aug 2010 21:16:54 -0700 X-Message-Number: 3

Thanks for sharing the web address for this exhibit.

Monika http://www.folkartlanding.com

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Subject: Re: The found WWII quilts !!!!!!!!!!!! From: Mitzioakesaol.com Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2010 11:29:45 EDT X-Message-Number: 4

 

That is great news! Make sure you let all of us know when those quilts are in your home (hopefully in the same shape as they were when you sent them out). And my thanks to all those on this list that sure did make a difference - someone somewhere knows more about them, but hey, as long as you, Sue, get them back - lets just celebrate that. Wish I could get an address to send something also to your Guardian Angel Brenda. Mitzi from VT

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Subject: Re: The found WWII quilts !!!!!!!!!!!! From: "Stephanie Whitson" <stephaniestephaniewhitson.com> Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2010 13:20:32 -0500 X-Message-Number: 5

I have never shipped quilts, but after Sue's experience I've decided that if I ever do, I may actually write my name and address in permanent ink on the back followed by the words "Reward for the return of this quilt if lost". Not a label that can be removed. On the actual back of the quilt. And maybe a name and address of a second person I trust, so that if I move, they can still find someone who will return my property home.

Stephanie Whitson www.stephaniegracewhitson.com www.footnotesfromhistory.blogspot.com

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Subject: Quilt labels From: stonhavnyahoo.com Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2010 11:17:25 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 6

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Hello Everyone A ladyfrom England telephoned me yesterday wanting to place an order for cloth quilt labels, in particular, those that had a calico border imprinted on them. I explained that I sold quilt indexes, not labels but that I would try to find an answer for her. So the question to put out there is, does anyone know of a company that might produce the type of label this woman seeks

And this hought for Sue, I am so glad that this saga will end "happily ever after" for

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Subject: Re: The found WWII quilts !!!!!!!!!!!! From: Kris Driessen <krisdriessenyahoo.com> Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2010 11:52:42 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 7

We were talking awhile back about microchipping quilts - I wonder if that would have helped? Does the technology exist for us to attach some sort of GPS tracker to our more valuable pieces when shipped, so we can at least know what State they are in?

Sue, did they identify the quilt by the label?

Kris

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Subject: stolen quilts From: Laura Fisher <laurafisherquiltsyahoo.com> Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2010 11:53:46 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 8

Sue - you might contact the local news organizations in that region to do a feature article on the theft; also try to get the incident discussed on local TV, in case anyone knows anything or sees them. Also, there is a who le list of all the Brimfield promoters if you google Brimfield, and you sho uld send notice of the theft to all of them, so they can be alert to the po ssibility that stolen merchandise might be showing up on their fields. Do t he same for any big regional antiques fair. Lots of work, but maybe they wi ll turn up.

I once had a stolen quilt come back to me after two years away. I photo all my merch and keep pictures in albums for clients to flip through to get an idea of what appeals. A 1930s pretty Broken Stars quilt went missing. I co uldn't find it, but kept the photo in the album expecting it would resurfac e sometime.

One day, a colleague downtown (I am located in midtown NYC, neighborhoods r arely interact!) called to say a 'picker' came in with a pretty quilt still bearing its price tag, and the handwriting looked like mine. She asked him to leave it so she could 'show it to a quilt buying colleague who might be interested" then she called me. I went to her store, and voila, my missing Stars quilt!

What to do? We called the police, who advised her to turn the quilt over to me, when the seller called to tell him I wanted it, and to go to my store  to get paid. Meanwhile the police be there for our transaction.

It was quite the 'sting'. The detective came in, the seller showed up, detective acted as store owner and chatted him up. I gave him a check, he w ent upstairs to leave the building, when two more waiting detectives collar ed him and his 'moll' - his girlfriend waiting in the car. (The Midtown Eas t precinct is a wealthy one with too much staff and little crime, so they w ere eager for a project!) Turns out the sorry kids were a little crime spre e, stealing from stores in the suburbs and selling in NYC. The 'seller' had been a messenger, and probably saw a vulnerability in my shop, and off the quilt went when my back was turned.

So, I got my quilt back! (cancelled my check) the thieves got jail time (th ey found lots more in their apt). Next day, a European client came in, love d the quilt and bought it, and got a bonus -- a (hopefully) not to be repea ted anecdote..

Laura Fisher at FISHER HERITAGE 305 East 61st Street,5th floor New York, NY 10065  212/838-2596 www.laurafisherquilts.com fisherheritageyahoo.com --0-1080586283-1282244026:64088--

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Subject: The WW II quilts are home!!! A Correction and lessons learned. From: <suereichcharter.net> Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2010 12:13:03 -0700 X-Message-Number: 9

After the message of the quilts entered the quilt world, it only took three very special people to accomplish what corporate departments and service organizations could not.

One of you, Brenda at FedEx in Memphis, and Sharon in Salt Lake City, Utah are the people responsible for the return of these quilts. We may never know their journey but that is not important. They are safe and can still be shared.

Yesterday morning, someone from the quilt world whose halo is shining bright made the important call to Brenda. Brenda spent the better part of yesterday tracking the quilts. Sharon made a special effort to examine yesterday's shipment of lost and found items in search of the quilts. Just as Brenda promised the quilts arrived via FedEx at 11:30 a.m. this morning overnighted from Salt Lake City, Utah. They are all intact with my name, address and telephone numbers still on the quilt sleeves and on the pillowcases that incased them.

I have a correction to make and feel totally responsible for this misunder-standing. It was the Asheville Rotary who displayed and returned the quilts not the Guild responsible for the main show. Guilds like the Asheville guild make huge contributions by holding events such as this. We all encourage their efforts. They successfully returned 233 quilts exhibit at their venue and should be applauded!

Despite this mishap, I still support organizations such as the Asheville Rotary. They sponsor another event that I am committed to, the flights that take World War II veterans to visit their national monument in Washington, D.C. at no charge to the veterans. Organizations such as the Asheville Rotary and the American Warrior Foundation, here in Connecticut, need and deserve your continued support. My hat goes off to them and I will continue to make my collection available to any such group free of charge.

I have learned some powerful lessons this week. 1. Don't assume all is well shipping quilts, be pro-active from Day One! Precious days were lost innocently hoping for the best. 2. Make the return of the quilts contractual between you and the exhibiting organization. Don't assume they will know to secure the containers and return them in the manner they were received. Go over this detail, ad nauseam prior to sending the quilts to impress upon them that safe return of the quilts is their responsibility. 3. For those of us with collections of antique and vintage quilts. We are only their keepers for a time. As Trish Herr so perfectly worded it "We are only the caretakers and we hope future generations will understand and treasure them. It is our job to help make this happen." 4. Trust in the power of prayer; trust in good people like that special you, Brenda and Sharon to do the right thing; and trust in the positive energy of friends and supporters. Thank you,

-- Sue Reich Washington Depot, Connecticut www.suereichquilts.com http://coveringquilthistory.shutterfly.com/ http://www.majorreichaward.com/

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Subject: RE: The WW II quilts are home!!! A Correction and lessons learned. From: "Candace Perry" <candaceschwenkfelder.com> Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2010 15:20:33 -0400 X-Message-Number: 10

Sue -- I think #2 on your list is key. Any of you who do this have to act like a museum -- and any of us on the list who work for museums can provide you with copies of loan agreements. It isn't a particularly "friendly" thing to do, but it helps the borrowers understand the gravity of what they are doing, I think. You really have to drive home how important it is that the materials are packed and returned in the same manner they were shipped -- notes need to be taken and recorded, for example. And that's just a basic thing. Candace Perry

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Subject: Re: Quilt labels From: "Stephanie Whitson" <stephaniestephaniewhitson.com> Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2010 18:22:02 -0500 X-Message-Number: 11

I don't know the maker, but I believe those were sold by the yard. . . pre-printed labels on muslin.

Stephanie Whitson www.stephaniegracewhitson.com www.footnotesfromhistory.blogspot.com

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Subject: The Sting From: Gaye Ingram <gingramsuddenlink.net> Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2010 22:03:38 -0500 X-Message-Number: 12

Laura wrote: It was quite the 'sting'. The detective came in, the seller showed up, detective acted as store owner and chatted him up. I gave him a check, he went upstairs to leave the building, when two more waiting detectives collared him and his 'moll' - his girlfriend waiting in the car. (The Midtown East precinct is a wealthy one with too much staff and little crime, so they were eager for a project!)

Laura, I love this. Especially the moll part!

I've never met a moll. I did encounter Blaze Starr, the stripper who told me she was Earl Long's "fre-und" and came to the admitting office of the hospital where I worked in my college summers and said, "Honey can you help me get past that gret big nurse that's barring the elevator?" (I was both innocent and dumb, but I knew instantly she was not a "nice lady" because she had on black mesh hose). But not a moll. Lucky you.

Did anyone turn up information on your ethnic quilt?

Such an interesting thing to me. Even if one lived during segregation, it is hard to understand what one knows, the mindset that let these be popular with both blacks and whites.

I know there were cartoons of the Irish in eastern cities. But were there needlework items?

Gaye

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Subject: Re: not exactly quilt related, actually not quilt related at all...... From: Arden Shelton <junkoramacomcast.net> Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2010 20:34:34 -0700 (PDT) X-Message-Number: 13

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My mother would not let me wear black fishnet stockings because only "chippies" wore them. Why do young girls want to wear them in the first place? ....arden

(Ms) Arden Shelton Portland, OR

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From: Gaye Ingram <gingramsuddenlink.net> To: Quilt History List <qhllyris.quiltropolis.com> Sent: Thu, August 19, 2010 8:03:38 PM Subject: [qhl] The Sting

Laura, I love this. Especially the moll part!

I've never met a moll. I did encounter Blaze Starr, the stripper who told me she was Earl Long's "fre-und" and came to the admitting office of the hospital where I worked in my college summers and said, "Honey can you help me get past that gret big nurse that's barring the elevator?" (I was both innocent and dumb, but I knew instantly she was not a "nice lady" because she had on black mesh hose). But not a moll. Lucky you.

Gaye


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Subject: quilts return
From: Laura Fisher <laurafisherquiltsyahoo.com>

Congratulations on the return of the quilts, Sue. I love your system of putting your name and address on a label on the quilt, and shipping each in its own labelled pillow case sleeve. Wonderful strategies to adopt to ensure better handling. I loan things all the time with an informal handling system for 'go-sees'. Hope you'll praise the two staff people to FedEx for their considerate attention to your plight. This is so good to hear in an age when most voices on the other end of the phone usually are just reading from a script with no personal intervention.

Aside from the lost quilts list, are there other places to announce missing merch? Would love to know if there is an antiques registry, like the international art registry for fine art. If not, maybe someone wants to establish one?! Would be a good thing.


Laura Fisher at

FISHER HERITAGE

305 East 61st Street,5th floor

New York, NY 10065



212/838-2596

www.laurafisherquilts.com

fisherheritageyahoo.com




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Subject: Worth a smile...
From: Sally Ward <sallytattersfastmail.co.uk>
Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2010 08:44:24 +0100
X-Message-Number: 2


On 20 Aug 2010, at 04:34, Arden Shelton wrote:

> My mother would not let me wear black fishnet stockings because only
"chippies"
> wore them.

In the UK a 'chippie' is a carpenter.

The mind boggles...<G>

Sally Ward

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Subject: Sue's Quilts & Facebook
From: Teddy Pruett <aprayzerhotmail.com>

Unfortunately I am one of the gals who has experienced that kicked-in-th
e-gut and can't-breathe moment of lost quilts. A couple of years ago on
e of four of the crates of my quilts being shipped to the Rocky Mtn Quilt M
useum was lost. Fortunately they were eventually recovered in the lo
st and found in a case much like Sue's - and after great anguish on the
part of many folks. What a relief for all. We are all so very pleased to
know that Sue has been reunited with those amazing quilts.

I signed up for Facebook a few weeks ago and have received many requests
for "befriending." If I didnt accept you as a friend please dont be of
fended. I am going to sign-off of Facebook this afternoon. My computer wa
s attacked with a virus that shut it down completely - totally dead. I've
just picked it up from the computer doctor at a cost that would have pai
d for a new laptop - but for the fact that all my appraisal and business do
cuments and the last pictures ever made of my daughter are in this one!
The virus attacked immediately and viciously without warning. The geek sa
id many viruses come from Facebook so that's it for me.

Teddy Pruett
www.teddypruett.com


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Subject: Re: Sue's Quilts & Facebook
From: "Judy Grow" <judy.growcomcast.net>
Date: Sat, 21 Aug 2010 17:53:17 -0400
X-Message-Number: 2

Teddy and all. For under $60.00 a year I subscribe to Carbonite.com and my
entire computer is backed up constantly, in the background. I have had
occasion to have to retrieve files from Carbonite, and it is seamless. I
may have gone for the new laptop in your situation, knowing I could get all
my files back overnight.

No affiliation, yadda, yadda.

Judy Grow



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Subject: Re: Sue's Quilts & Facebook
From: Mitzioakesaol.com

Hey - I had the same thing happen to me not long ago when I clicked on to
Facebook (where all my family is, all my quilting buddies, etc.) and BAM! I
had a virus attack my computer and after a week without it and a sizable
check to be written, I got back on  but I do NOT do Facebook anymore.
Sorry this happened to you, but now you know it was not anything you did,
others (many) have had this happen to them.
Mitzi from VT
I am happy too for Sue - it was a scary few days here in NE. Just returned
from the International Quilt Show in Manchester, NH, and I heard a lot of
visitors talking about lost quilts - so maybe sometimes computers can help
spread the word.


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Subject: Electric Quilt Company
From: Karen Alexander <karenquiltrockisland.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Aug 2010 17:47:39 -0700
X-Message-Number: 4

Have any of you bought or used the Electric Quilt company's program they
call STASH? STASH Spring 2010 is said to be the 22nd edition! Wow! What a
great resource for future quilt historians!

If you own this program, have you been able to build up a file of all the
fabrics they have featured since the beginning of the program? Is it all in
one data base now or does one have to buy all the previous issues of the
program? Here is the link.
http://www.electricquilt.com/Shop/Stash/Current.asp

No affiliation. I just learned about the program today. Guess I have had my
head buried in pre-1950 research for too long.

Thanks,

Karen in the Islands

--
Quilt History Reports
http://karenquilt.blogspot.com/

The Quilters Hall of Fame
http://thequiltershalloffame.blogspot.com/


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Subject: Re: Sue's Quilts & Facebook
From: Quilltraol.com
Date: Sat, 21 Aug 2010 19:25:04 EDT
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I use Dropbox.com, recommended by a friend. It shares your files between
computers, and backs it up, too. I didn't get a virus from Facebook, but I
know many that have. I had my account suspended by Facebook not long
after I joined because they said someone hijacked my account and was asking
people for money. They would reinstate me if I would fax them my driver's
license!
Lisa




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Subject: Facebook
From: Kris Driessen <krisdriessenyahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Aug 2010 06:07:46 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 2

I like Facebook - I like checking on everyone and seeing what they are doing. Even if it is just picking tomatoes or wrangling the dog, it makes me feel a little more connected to them.

I don't think you can get a virus from Facebook, although someone certainly can send you to one. "Click on this link for the funniest video ever!" is really "Click on this link for the worst virus ever." but you do it because someone you know recommended it. Then it turns out someone spoofed her address (I bet that is what happened to Lisa) and it wasn't your friend at all.

Sigh.

Kris



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Subject: RE: Electric Quilt Company
From: " Barb Vlack" <cptvdeosbcglobal.net>
Date: Sun, 22 Aug 2010 08:49:38 -0500
X-Message-Number: 3

Karen wrote:
<< Have any of you bought or used the Electric Quilt company's program
they
call STASH? STASH Spring 2010 is said to be the 22nd edition! Wow! What
a
great resource for future quilt historians!

<<If you own this program, have you been able to build up a file of all
the
fabrics they have featured since the beginning of the program? Is it all
in
one data base now or does one have to buy all the previous issues of the
program?>>

RESPONSE:
I have all of the STASH programs and I do use them! I have never HAD to
scan
fabrics to include in designs I make in EQ because STASH is so complete.
And
I can always find either exactly the fabric I want or one that is very
similar in the entire STASH fabric library.

Disclaimer: I am associated with the company as a free-lance educator,
tech
support person, author, designer, all kinds of things except as a direct
employee.

STASH comes out in the spring and the fall, following the market
availability of new fabrics, for the most part. I can92t say that EVERY
fabric manufactured is in STASH, but there are thousands of fabric scans
in
each volume, and they are categorized according to the manufacturer.

Each STASH volume builds off of the previous volume in the way the
fabrics
are organized. You cannot buy just one and get all the previous volumes,
though. When you install STASH, you must install the volumes in
chronological order in order for the programs to find each other.

Many of the previous versions of STASH are no longer available.

I agree that the collection of volumes of STASH is a great data base for
the
fabrics manufactured in the past 11 years, to date.

Barb

Barb Vlack
barbbarbvlack.com
I have fulfilled a $1000 fund raising promise for Alzheimer's research
and
am working on a second $1000 pledge. Cheer me on at:
www.AlzQuilts.org
For lectures and workshops, see www.findaquiltteacher.com/vlackb.html




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Subject: Re: Sue's Quilts & Facebook
From: Quiltsappraisedaol.com

Hello Teddy and all. Just back from a quilt retreat and I'm so glad to hear
Sue's quilts were found!
I signed onto Facebook a few months ago at the request of some friends and
have done nothing much with it. It has been a blessing and a curse. I found
a friend from 30+ years ago that I had searched and searched for but also
got a "false", I guess you would call it, email from a friend with her
picture attached saying she posted a message for me on Facebook. Well, it was
not from my friend but a virus which shut our computer down and it took my
husband hours to fix it. I am not a big fan of Facebook but hopefully will
learn how to use all this "stuff" one day. I think a course at the local
college is in my near future.

Take care,
Alma '08


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Subject: Donna Quilter
From: Karen Alexander <karenquiltrockisland.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Aug 2010 14:44:08 -0700
X-Message-Number: 5

I received a news-feed notice today that I thought arrived because quilting
was mentioned in the woman's obituary. Instead, the woman's name IS Donna
QUILTER! http://tinyurl.com/2cldxh5

Karen in the Islands

Quilt History Reports
http://karenquilt.blogspot.com/

The Quilters Hall of Fame
http://thequiltershalloffame.blogspot.com/





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Subject: Quilt beads
From: "Judy Grow" <judy.growcomcast.net>
Date: Sun, 22 Aug 2010 18:27:30 -0400
X-Message-Number: 6


I love this store and have shopped there in the past.
I bought a Tim Harding jacket there 20 years ago that I still wear.
http://www.timharding.com/

But this breaks my heart.

http://julieartisans.com/store/merchant.mvc?ScreenPROD&Store_CodeJ&Product_CodeJ-IB-M&Category_CodeNE

Judy Grow




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Subject: Re: Quilt beads
From: Getfruitaol.com
I don't get what breaks your heart. Did i miss something in clicking on
both urls?