I’m absolutely miserable.

My beautiful ScrapHappy project, the hexie quilt I’m hand stitching for Days for Girls, is lost. Gone.

Last weekend I worked on it at the sewing group as usual, planning new sections to be added. At the end of the session, as always, I folded and rolled it up and put it in my work basket, and carried it around the corner to where I’d parked my car. I had burned myself badly on a mug of boiling hot tea, and was distracted and in pain. I put the basket away in its usual place when I got home and dealt with the burn.

This morning, when I got the basket out, the rolled up work wasn’t there. I searched around the house, I searched the car, and concluded I’d left it at the sewing group after all. I was wrong. It wasn’t there, no-one had seen it. Everyone there knows I’m making it and would have got in touch if they’d found it.

The Husband is posting a photo on his FaceBook account and asking for information. The ladies at Days for Girls will also post about it on FB. I’m not on FB myself, so I’ll have to rely on them. Does anyone know, is there a way to see if anyone’s put up a photo of it if they found it? I’ve no idea how FB works, but if anyone has a suggestion, do get in touch.

I think probably only someone who sews or quilts would appreciate what it was worth, so my great fear is that it’s ended up in a dustbin somewhere. I asked around in the nearby shops, but no joy.

All I can do is cross my fingers, wipe my eyes, blow my nose and hope.

109 thoughts on “Lost….

  1. magpiesue says:

    My goodness! Somebody must really have coveted your work! I hope it turns up, soon and undamaged. Technically I’m on Facebook but I’m not a techie so I’m not even going to try to help with that.

    • katechiconi says:

      I can only think it slid out of the basket and onto the ground while I was walking back to the car. But I didn’t hear or feel anything… I would LIKE to think that someone will hand it in or know something, but I don’t hold out much hope.

  2. kathyreeves says:

    Oh Kate, what an unhappy situation! I do hope you find it. Since you have a photo it might be worthwhile to take a poster around to the shops or buildings in the neighborhood where you were. Someone might have picked it up and realized someone lost it, but doesn’t know how to find you. I fervently hope it turns up!

  3. jeanswenson says:

    I’m so sorry to hear! I’m a member of a FB quilting group based out of the states, but I know they have members across the globe. I’ll try posting your pic and the fact that you are in Australia to the group. I’ll also be sending positive muju your way!

  4. Elaine says:

    Oh my, I hope it is returned to you quickly! It is sho pretty. Positive thoughts coming your way ~

  5. Nooooo !!! I just saw John’s post and I came straight here to see what happened… this is very sad 😔I’ll share it on my page too and hopefully …. ♥️

  6. anne54 says:

    Oh dear, that is terrible news. However, with all the good and positive things you have done for others I am sure there will be some good karma heading your way.

    • katechiconi says:

      Sadly, I don’t share your positivity about this. It had already been gone a week when I realised it was missing, and in a busy city of 80,000 people I think the chances of recovery are low. However, I’m prepared to be astonished…

  7. Lynda says:

    Oh, how sad! I am thinking that someone picked it up and will be contacting you via your poster or your group. No one in their right mind would just throw it away. Thinking happy thoughts! ❤

    • katechiconi says:

      I don’t suppose it has been thrown away, but there was no poster out when it was lost a week ago, and no indication to show it had anything to do with the sewing group, no label or similar. I’ve put out posters on light and power poles, up on the noticeboard in the supermarket across the road and another in the local quilt shop where someone might hand it in. But I do very much fear it’s gone…

  8. Oh no! Surely there is a reasonable explanation for it’s whereabouts! I hope you are reunited soon!

    • katechiconi says:

      I have scoured the car, the house, the venue for the sewing group and have driven up and down the adjacent streets to see if it’s lying in the gutter somewhere. No sign. It has been gone a week, and I fear it’s gone for good.

  9. Sandy says:

    Oh my! I don’ t even know what to say beyond I hope someone finds it!

  10. When I lose something very important to me, I’ve learned to turn it over to the Universe and let it know I’d like it found for me. I see it as such and oddly, things show up in the oddest places, even where I’ve looked before. It’s kind of woo-woo but somehow it works. I don’t see it as missing, just invisible to me for the moment. I told my son to do the same thing and he will call me later and tell me it appeared. I really, really hope it’s not gone for good. I’m going to see it returned to your capable hands. I don’t want to be sad so the quilt must come home to you.

    • katechiconi says:

      Over the past few hours, I’ve gone from aghast to gutted to deeply upset and am finally arriving at resigned. I leave it in the capable hands of the Universe to decide whether I finish it and it raises funds for Days for Girls, or if I’m fated to start all over again… Perhaps it’s a lesson in patience and acceptance.

  11. Barbie says:

    “Tony Tony , please come ‘ round, I have something that needs to be found”. It’s a prayer to St Anthony , saint of lost things 🙈😎I am not catholic, nor do I pray. I turn things over to the Universe as well. I have to say this little jingle has wonderful results…good luck

  12. Nooooo. I checked the FB Mackay Community group but no found quit post/photo there ☹ The other Mackay Buy Swap Sell groups are private. But I see from the comments above HoC has been on FB too. Maybe check with the police station… used to be if you found something that’s where you took it, and take a photo to the op shops etc, it may be if someone found it, they might donate it. Put photos on community noticeboards, even telegraph poles and maybe ask if the local radio station can mention it… it works for lost dogs. Keep hoping. I have my fingers and toes crossed it will be found.

    • katechiconi says:

      Op shops, lamp posts and supermarket notice board, all check. Also a poster in the window of the local quilt shop. I have my doubts about the police station, bearing in mind the size of this city, but it’s worth a go. I’ll give the radio stations a try after the long weekend. Meanwhile, I’m applying chocolate to the problem in the hope that it will appear smaller…

      • Don’t want to put a negative spun, but possibly realistic… just saw a news article where fundraiser quilts were stolen from Wauchope… they are saleable. I just checked Gumtree for Mackay and surrounds up to 500 km… no quilts for sale. But might be worth keeping an eye on it and FB marketplace over coming months if it doesn’t turn up. The only upside I can offer is if it’s not meant to come back to you, its new owner will surely love it.

      • katechiconi says:

        On the upside, it isn’t a finished quilt yet, and would probably only appeal as desirable to someone who sews. To be honest, I’ve said goodbye to it mentally, and am now mostly depressed about the loss of time and revenue for Days for Girls. Time to start all over again… Thank you for the work you’re doing on its behalf, though, I do really appreciate it. And who knows, a miracle may occur and it’s been handed in to the police.

  13. This makes no sense. I have to believe it’ll turn up. I wanted to see what John had put on facebook so sent him a friend request, but he may not realise I’m a “real” friend and ignore me.

  14. knitnkwilt says:

    I can imagine the shock when you went to work on the project and it wasn’t there. A couple times I have found things wrapped up in other things, but it doesn’t sound like that is a possibility for you. If you google “lost quilt come home” you will find websites and a Facebook and an AQS page –whether they are viewed in Australia, I don’t know.

    • katechiconi says:

      Thank you so much for the suggestion. I went over there and had a look, but it does seem that it’s aimed at readers and their quilts in the US. I will simply have to place my trust in fate, and if it doesn’t come home, it wasn’t meant to.

  15. tialys says:

    Oh no! After all your hard work Kate. You must be so sad.
    On the bright side, when I first saw your title pop up in my email, I had a horrible sinking feeling that Mouse had run away or something so I was just relieved when I saw it wasn’t him that was lost. Does that make me a bad person or just a crazy dog/cat lady?

  16. What a horrid thing to happen – both the burn and the loss of the quilt. It must be somewhere. I do hope the posters and all other efforts bring the quilt home. I am imagininig a photo of you being reunited with your quilt.

  17. knettycraft says:

    Oh I’m so sorry to hear… and crossing my fingers too hoping it will find back to you. 🍀

  18. I have nothing sensible to offer beyond what others have said but just send my love and hope that someone is racking their brains trying to think how to find you.

  19. nanacathy2 says:

    You have had some great suggestions. Mine would be to contact your local newspapers, get an article in the paper, use this as a chance to get the message out for Days for Girls. Some good may then come from the loss. I have a dozen or so hexies left from my scrappy quilt. If they would be welcome I will gladly send them to you and get you started again. Much love, I know that in some way you fee violated, know that you are loved.xx

    • katechiconi says:

      I can try, but I don’t know if they’d be interested. Monday is a public holiday here, so I’ll have to wait until Tuesday before I contact them. Thank you also for the very kind offer of hexies, but I have many, many hexies left and even more fabric cut to size and waiting to be turned into hexies. It’s the loss of the months of work assembling them into flowers and the flowers into a quilt that’s making me a bit despondent. All to do again… But I really do feel the love and support 🙂

    • I agree. This makes for a colorful (no pun intended) local interest story. Once a reporter knows what good your quilting has done for the community it’s an easy sell to ask the community to do you a good turn.

      • katechiconi says:

        I can but try… Our local paper isn’t exactly widely read any longer, the online version is subscription only, and the chances of a photo appearing are pretty small, but I can call and find out if there’s any interest.

  20. Kate I’m so sorry to hear this and appreciate you must be feeling completely distraught at this loss. I have to admit my first thought was try the local police station – sometimes people find odd things and take them in recognising they must mean something to the person who lost it. Sometimes miracles happen. And sometimes something lost is gone to somewhere and someone else leaving us to forever wonder who and why. But eventually we wipe our tears and go on to create something else……….. But ask at the police station – it’s worth a shot! Good luck.

  21. KerryCan says:

    Oh, that is so incredibly, horribly, depressingly awful! How could it happen? I’m trying to remember if I’ve ever lost something of so much value/so close to my heart and I can’t think of anything. I know you’ll let us know if there’s a happy ending and I am SO wishing and hoping for a happy ending . . .

  22. Steph says:

    Oh no!

    Try the local council in case they have a lost property office, maybe? If there is any street cleaning happening a council worker might have found it.

    Surely anyone picking this up would hand it in somewhere! It might take them a week to do so though- I’ve been guilty of picking up things on the street and forgetting them or taking days to get around to putting up the poster/finding the lost property office etc.

    Fingers crossed.

    • katechiconi says:

      There are still avenues to explore, but discovering it on the Saturday before a holiday weekend wasn’t the best luck. I just hope that if it was discovered the person who found it was inclined to hand it in rather than keep it to make use of it themselves. I’m pretty well convinced it’s gone, so if by chance it turns up I’ll be stunned!

  23. jmcheney says:

    Why, oh why does misfortune always fall on Friday aft. late, Saturday or on a long holiday weekend? I hope with everyone else that your beautiful work will come back to you.Whether through Tony or St. Jude, or the Universe or all of your friends envisioning it in your hands again or Mouse nosing it out of some cranny, or even by magic chocolate therapy. One way or another stunning way & Soon.

    • katechiconi says:

      If wishes have any power, the thing is flapping its way back to me through the night as I write this. On the other hand, I may have to work at it a bit, hence the follow ups next week. It’s so sad… and I’m still drawing a complete blank on HOW it happened.

  24. kymlucas says:

    Oh, Kate. My heart just sank when I read this. Not a big believer in virtual hugs, but I’m sending you one in my mind.

  25. Moira says:

    I’m so sorry that your wonderful quilt has gone a wandering, and do hope that it is found and returned.

    • katechiconi says:

      I hope it’s found and they’re inclined to give it back! It was very pretty already, and it wouldn’t totally surprise me if someone’s decided to make it a feature of their lives.

  26. Good luck and keep us posted!

  27. so many people have commented and there is not much I can add – its really all been said. I know you have and are doing everything to recover it. Your effort into this beauty is appreciated by so many and all our prayers and hopes and well wishes for its return are with you. Hugs

  28. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    I really hope you’ll find it !!! have you checked Mouse’s sleeping places ? They love fabric that smell’s like his boss 😀

  29. claire93 says:

    oh no!
    I join the others in crossing fingers & toes and hoping that some kind soul is going to see the FB pleas and send it back to you!

  30. Jule says:

    Oh no! Keeping my fingers crossed it’ll find its way back to you.

  31. Dayphoto says:

    Oh! Shoot! What a sad, sorry mess. I read through all the comments hoping it had been found and returned by this time. I am so sorry.

  32. craftycreeky says:

    Oh Kate, I’m so sorry, you must be feeling sick at the thought! I hope it turns up in some random place, it’s always a worry of mine when I take stuff on the bus to my mums. Fingers and toes crossed for you x

    • katechiconi says:

      Sick is right. I thought at first I must have left it at the sewing group by mistake, but when I got there and no-one had seen it, I realised it was really and truly gone. We’ll see what the police have to say.

  33. oh no, this is terrible. I’ll cross my fingers and visualize it coming home, in the meantime I hope you have a steady supply of chocolate. I know you will let us know if/when it is found.

    • katechiconi says:

      The chocolate supply has been adequate so far, also the tissues. But today is a new day, and I must think of a new start. I can never make that same one again, but I could start a new one. I just need to summon my courage…

  34. Emmely says:

    Nooo, that is so sad! I hope it will turn up soon.

  35. Terri says:

    Oh no. I’ve just said a prayer to St. Anthony to help you get the quilt back. Hopefully, it will be returned to you soon.

  36. How strange! Sometimes pain leads us to unconsciously put something in an unlikely place. Hopefully, it didn’t fall out of your basket. I hope the quilt turns up somewhere soon.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m pretty sure it did fall out, because I’ve searched everywhere I think it could be. I know pain can be very distracting, but there was no change to my routine otherwise…

  37. Oh no, all that work! I really hope it turns up again

  38. rutigt says:

    So sad to hear about your lost. It´s almost like loosing a dear friend. Today I´m reading your posts backwards, so I know you still haven´t found it!

  39. Joanne S says:

    Although late to this post; the misery is still as palpable. I was following your progress on the hexies with great interest. Now this.

    • katechiconi says:

      Well, come 15th November, I’ll be posting progress on version 2, and as I took it on holiday with me, I think I’ll have a good bit to show. You can’t let these things get you down, can you?

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