I've been thinking for a while about blogging about that unseemly, ugly issue that seems so prevalent in the quilting world. Theft.
I'm not talking about copyright issues, but out and out theft. We have all seen photos and read blogs about quilts that seem to go missing at quilt shows. I can sort of "get" that kind of stealing. The quilts are works of art and quite valuable, but that isn't the only stealing that goes on in the quilting world.
Have you ever talked to a quilt shop owner? Seen the cameras in the shops? They are getting things stolen right and left. I took a class years ago at Little Quilts in Atlanta. The ladies there talked about it. They had a fabulous, appliqued quilt top that was folded and sitting on the cutting table disappear right during business hours.
This flabbergasts me. No matter how much we kid around, quilting isn't one of the mainstays of life. You won't die if you don't have that ruler/pattern/etc. What really amazes me is that quilting used to be done to use up leftovers. And quilters are so generous, they will usually share with anyone who asks. I just don't understand it.
At Little Quilts, Alice (one of the Little Quilts owners) speculated that the person who took the completed top from the cutting table may have been the sort of person who had taken classes, bought lots of supplies, but hadn't finished anything and maybe her husband was wanting to see results from all the money being spent. I guess I can maybe understand that, but who knows?
My longarm pantograph quilter (I have been using her for over 12 years) has me send the quilt, she quilts it, mails it back with the bill and I send in a check. Recently I was corresponding with a different long arm quilter who used to do that, but someone stiffed her. Unbelievable.
I have my own story to share. Years ago I had a longarm quilter who did a fabulous job. She quilted 3-4 quilts for me and I sent her a final quilt with a deposit. I wasn't hearing from her, so I contacted her and she said things were going on in her life and she wasn't going to quilt anymore. She was going to send me my quilt back with the deposit. Long story short, it took months and I finally got the quilt back--without my deposit. At that point, I was just happy to have the quilt top but that was over a hundred dollars she took.
I would like to hear from you all on this topic. Do you have any anecdotes to share? Or do you have any insight into what motivates people to steal supplies for a hobby? Maybe I'm just naive?