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STOLEN QUILT BLUE WAVES

19th February 2007 It's now more than a year ago since I first heard the news about my stolen quilt. In that time a lot has happened, most of it good, but there has been absolutely no news about my quilt or the other 4 quilts stolen at the same time. I've heard nothing further from the organizers of the European Patchwork Meeting and don't believe the theft of our quilts was even mentioned at their next exhibition in September 2006. I've given up all hope of seeing the quilt again and have made a replacement quilt in red, called Waves of Anger. You can find it in the Circle Quilt album on this site. And just in case you were wondering, yes, I'm still really angry as this was a totally avoidable event if only a little bit more care had been taken. 26th May 2006 Here is the latest and probably last update about the theft of this quilt. Read the full story underneath! I have now received the insurance money for the quilt together with the police report which was filed about 3 weeks after the quilts were actually stolen. Ironically it states at the bottom that no man hours were used in persuing this theft! No doubt it was already much too late! I don't expect I will see the quilt again but as everyone has been most helpful in publicizing the theft I'm hoping that should it ever turn up somewhere, someone will recognize it and hopefully contact me. Although this has been a most unpleasant experience which has certainly deeply dented my confidence in the Carrefour Europeen organization I have also been amazed and pleasantly surprised by the many message of support and offers of help I have received. Thank you for these, everyone!!! Here is the story: This quilt was accepted into the Rhythm'n blues exh. of the 11th European Patchwork Meeting and subsequently went on tour with this exhibition to various places in France and Italy The quilt measures 122 x 217 cm (48.1/8 x 85.1/8") and was finished in May 2005.It is hand and machine pieced, hand quilted and embroidered, and extensively beaded. It has a label at the back with all my personal information. I was informed on the 16th Feb. that the quilt was stolen. Not until the 23rd Feb when I phoned the European Patchwork Meeting (Carrefour Europeen du Patchwork) Artistic Director Christophe Crupi (after sending 2 e-mails requesting information, which went unanswered) did I receive more information regarding what happened and it now turns out the theft took place well in advance of his first phone call to me. I would have expected to have been informed immediately the theft was discovered and with the full facts!

From Feb. 12 - 26, 2006 the quilt was meant to be hanging in the Sala d'Arte of the Town Hall, Via Roma 31, Luserna S. Giovanni, a town approx. 45 minutes from Turin, during the Winter Olympics. The entire exhibition was shipped from France to Italy by a French courier company in one big box, which it turned out did not have a tracking number. It might not have helped in this case but I am quite disturbed that my quilt was being shipped around Europe in this way! On arrival at the town hall someone signed for the box which apparently looked undisturbed. However on opening the box (and this might have happened some time later, again I don't know how long)by the Italian organizers it was discovered the top 5 quilts had disappeared. The Italian police are now investigating this theft. It could either have been an opportunistic theft (which seems unlikely, as the box was closed again and looked as before!) or a planned one. If the first there is some chance the thief might dump the quilts and they might be retrieved. If the second I don't hold out much hope of seeing the quilt again. After several more e-mails which went unanswered I once again phone Mr. Crupi on the 20th March. He tells me that he went in person to the Town Hall in Luserna San Giovanni where he was shown the alarm system and was assured that the box had been secure while in the Town Hall. That only leaves the possibility that someone slit open the box while in transit, removed 5 quilts and closed the box up again. I have to say I find this highly unlikely. Unfortunately there is no way I can be sure (1) that the quilts were in the box when they left France, (2) that no one had access to the box in the Italian townhall and (3) where the box was while in transit as it had no tracking number. On the 22nd March I was informed by Mr. Crupi which other 4 quilts were stolen at the same time and I have added these to this album. He also tells me that they will be put up on the www.lostquilt.com site too. He also tells me that the Italian police has send information to Roma, Department of artistic works stolen. We should be receiving our insurance payout in the near future. But if you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Blue Waves please contact me, no questions asked, on f.oxenham@tinyworld.co.uk. I would really appreciate any help!! If you are the person who has taken the quilt, I would like you to know it is like taking a piece of my soul! Should you want to return it, my address is on the back of the quilt. Think about it!