Wednesday, December 29, 2010

R.I.P

Here is to my Lotus Square quilt. It was a gorgeous quilt that I will always treasure, but for some reason has always wanted to leave me. The first time it left me was when I sent it off to the quilters and the post office lost it and I thought it was gone forever and mourned its loss (really cried since it was over 16 yards of fabric that I bought let alone all the time it took to make it). Then the quilter remembered a note that was left on her door from the post office saying she needed to sign for something so she went to the post office and there it was, my quilt. I did a happy dance and was so excited to get it back from the quilter so that I could bind it and get it on my bed to use and to love. I did love this quilt. I used one of my favorite fabric lines Lotus by Amy Butler which made it extra special to me. Once I got it back and added the binding and washed it, I caressed it everyday since it was just so pretty and a joy to sleep under each night.

The second and final time it left me gets us to the tragic ending to this story. On Monday I packaged up the quilt along with my sheets as we were moving to a different house. I had to leave it in the care of my husband and the movers to get it to the new house as I had to watch my two girls. Side note: Moving with small children is awful especially one that is just walking and gets into everything. Anywho back to the tragic story of the quilt. When the movers came to the new house and we unpacked everything and waved goodbye to the movers we were exhausted! The move took all day 5am - 7pm and all we wanted to do was get the beds made so that we could go to sleep. We got all the bags of bedding upstairs and I started making the girls beds. Then I moved on to my bed and as I was unpacking I found out that I only had the shams and pillows for the bed. The quilt and sheets had gone missing! Where could they be??? We called the movers and they said nothing was left in the truck, then we went back to the house to see if it was left there, nope nothing was left. The ending to this story is a mystery. It could have been stolen as we were all in the house and not watching the truck and someone just happened to steal the bag with my quilt in it or somehow it was thrown away even though my husband and the movers both swear nothing was thrown away.

May I be able to stop being sad and depressed about it all and thinking of all the things I should have done and said to the quilt before I left it. I need to stop beating myself up with the "I should have taken care of it myself then this would have never happened" crap and move on. I know this but still.....it is hard.

The Lotus Squared quilt was well loved for the 2 months that we had it on our bed. It kept us warm and cozy this winter for the small time that it was with us. May it Rest in Peace where ever it is.

R.I.P

37 comments:

Jennifer said...

UGH! Moving absolutely sucks, and this is one of the worst moving stories I have EVER heard.

This is an experience that would have definitely made me cranky-- all that time, money, and effort lost. I feel for you, I really do.

The only bright side is that you get to make yourself another one, and I think your husband should cover the quilting bill. :P

Becky said...

OH NO! I would be devastated. Hopefully you will still find it in an un-thought of box? I hope I hope! It's very pretty. We are moving in a few weeks (with a 2 yr old) and I'm not looking forward to it. After hearing this, I'm going to keep my Amy Butler Love quilt on my lap!!

Robin said...

I am terribly sorry for your loss.

Janna said...

THAT IS HORRIBLE!!!! I really hope you end up finding it! And if someone stole it may they never have a peaceful night of sleep again!!!

The Hojnackes said...

This totally turned my stomach in knots just reading it! How horrible.

midnight hysteria said...

did you really say, *two months*??? not hardly enough time for it to get acquainted with everyone ... i'm sorry; i hate it when i move and things *get lost* ... and i've moved a lot in my life, even across country twice ...

the next one will be lovely, i'm sure .... happy new year and a new quilt year ....

darlene

amylouwho said...

this makes my heart sick for you. Really really sick. I'm so so so sorry! I hope that you have a post christmas miracle and it shows up.

julia said...

just the thought one of my quilt could get lost makes me sick & my heart heavy.
i so feel for you...my fingers are crossed that your beautiful quilt will be found...
im so sorry!

Meg said...

Things have a way of showing up somewhere during a move! Although. we have had things disappear while moving too. I hope it shows up in some weird random spot! I would be heartbroken too!

Sara said...

Don't give up hope--it could possibly still come up, trace your steps back perhaps too.

Melanie said...

This is the worst moving story I have ever heard! I don't blame you one bit for being heartbroken. All that work and money to have only had your quilt for 2 months...I'm just sick for you! Hopefully it will turn up very soon! Until then feel free to be sad, everyone "here" understands!

Meg said...

Oh Darci, I'm so sorry--that's absolutely awful! Such a beautiful quilt, too. I'll send good thoughts your way--may it show up unharmed. I've done a LOT of moving in the last 15 years, and there were a number of things I thought were gone for good--but they have the strangest way of resurfacing. Have faith. *hugs*

Sue said...

OMG this is so sad!! I'm so sorry you have lost this gorgeous quilt. Have faith that it will turn up.

the Campfollower said...

You poor thing. We lose something every time we move. Once it was my entire kitchen....yep, pots, pans, measuring cups stoneware, spatulas...all that stuff just gone like it never existed in the first place. No record of where it went....but I still hope to this day that someone is using my things and loving them. I hope your quilt is onto a new adventure and being cherished. It was so very beautiful.

Amy (badskirt) said...

Oh this is really really a sad story. I would cry. One time I lost an entire box with movers. It had all of my dog's photos in it. I was gutted. I know how you are feeling.

A LQS still has lots of lotus. If you want to remake your beauty, I can send you the link...

Jeni said...

Oh no! :( :( I really hope by some miracle it turns up dear!

Sending hugs!

Barb said...

Darci, I am so sad for you. Your lotus quilt is beautiful. I can only hope you'll find it somehow...

Simply Sandy said...

Darci, this really sucks! I am so sorry for your dearly departed quilt. However, on an up side, now you can make an even more awesome quilt just for you! :)

Elizabeth D. said...

Oh, no, Darci, I'm so sorry to hear that! I adored that quilt!! I sure hope it will turn up, but if it doesn't, I can't wait to see your Lotus Quilt 2.0.... :)

Rachel Hauser said...

That is completely wrong. UGH. There are no words.

I do hope something new and bright will take your mind off it and bring some new cheer.

Pokey said...

Oh, so sad. Such a great quilt, too.
Maybe a new quilt project will help soothe the hurt...
Sorry, pokey

Naturally Carol said...

It is really a beautiful quilt...adorable colours! Plant it like a seed in somebody elses life...for good to happen...bless them with it. Then that blessing will be multiplied in your life! Isn't it good that you have the knowledge to make another quilt.

euphoria said...

no way, NO WAY! that is dreadful! I am so so so sorry- i can feel the pain! 16 yards, tons of hours and stitches- and it just disappeared!

perfect excuse to buy more fabric and make a new one! :o)

CJ said...

:(

Robin said...

Darci, I am SO sorry! I can't imagine!!! I got teary eyed for you... Is there anyway it could turn-up? I have a similar story that could give you hope :) Also your parents live in Utah, where? I'm from St George. I would love to be friends. My e-mail is robinnclark@hotmail.com (be sure to get 2 n's in there)

a good yarn said...

Oh Darci! As if the move wasn't stressful enough. To have lost your favourite quilt in the process is too much to bear. Ann :-)

Alexandra said...

OH NO!! I can't imagine how awful this is. If I had the fabric I'd offer some up to help recreate it!

angela said...

That's the saddest story ever - almost. When I was a sophomore, I moved from Florida to Illinois. My best friend gave me a surprise going away party. Her camera was left at the house - we assumed packed. It was never found. I missed those pictures for a long time.

Poor little lost quilt. Hope it finds the way home.

Helen said...

I'm still sick to my stomach about your loss...sick sick sick....one for the memories!!! XOXOX M

Andrea said...

okay...that's so sad!! is everything...absolutely everything unpacked? I say this because we have had baby jesus missing from his manger for 4.5 years now. He was packed up and went missing on our first move. Never to be found again. The jokes in our family are hilarious...about the missing jesus. Well, we moved again and this Christmas, lo and behold, baby jesus appeared???!!

You favourite quilt could still appear... really! ;-) Sorry you can't find it. It's beautiful...

Robyn said...

My hope for you is that this quilt just has a little cowboy in it. It obviously has a history of taking wild and crazy adventures, so maybe it will turn up again.

~Michelle~ said...

oh that's hideous! I loved that quilt - and you know I did, since I'm making a variation of it... I'm crossing my fingers it shows back up!

Jacey said...

Oh no! That's so sad. The quilt was beautiful and I'm sorry you lost it. I hope everything else went okay with your move, though, and I know your replacement quilt will be just as beautiful.

biscuitsandbobbins said...

Oh no! I just read this now after seeing the other post!
I'm so sorry! It was very beautiful. Hope it turns up. :(

Kirsten N said...

That is such a beautiful quilt!! I really hope it has turned up by now..

Patchwork Pony said...

This Amy Butler Lotus Fabric is my favorite. I have a little pile of it that i just can't cut because I love it so much. The fact that you were brave enough to cut it and make it into something so beautiful and then have it run away is so sad.

Chris the Quilter said...

did you ever find this quilt?

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