‘Incredible’ quilt stolen from Tillamook fabric shop

Oregon Coast

'Magnificent' quilt taken from Jane's Fabric Patch

TILLAMOOK, Ore. (KOIN) — An “incredible” quilt showcasing a local woman’s talents was stolen right off the wall at a family-owned quilt shop in Tillamook.

The valuable quilt disappeared from Jane’s Fabric Patch sometime between Saturday and Monday morning, owner Jane Wise told KOIN 6 News.

It’s a stunning piece of work from a woman, Kathy Morrison, whose business includes doing longarm quilting for others.

Morrison was at a quilting retreat Thursday when KOIN 6 News spoke with her by phone. She began quilting about 11 years ago and loves it. Morrison said her favorite thing to do is make quilts for children and donates them to the Tillamook Police Department.

Her quilt was hanging on the wall just inside the front door of Jane’s Fabric Patch to showcase what she can do. The shop also carries the fabric panel used to make it.

Jane Wise of Jane’s Fabric Patch in Tillamook, July 25, 2019 (KOIN)

Wise, who has owned the shop for 37 years, said there are surveillance cameras. But in this case, the wall where the quilt was hanging is just out of view.

“It was right up there by the front door, so it was easy for someone,” she said. “In fact, when it was first hung there I thought, ‘Oh, that doesn’t look like a good thing.’ You always have confidence in people but somehow they were able to just snag it. Out the door they went.”

The quilt of a dahlia is a panel about 40 inches square, Wise said. It has a wool batting in it “so it’s nice and puffy.” There’s a back on the quilt, as well.

“She layered it and did incredible quilting on it.”

This quilt worth more than $1000 was stolen from Jane’s Fabric Patch in Tillamook around July 21, 2019 (Courtesy: Kathy Morrison)

“They probably want to sell it, make some money would be my guess,” Wise said. “It is a valuable piece because of the way she quilted it. So that’s the sad part about it.”

In the meantime, she said they’ll re-direct their surveillance cameras.

Wise said it would be nice to somehow get the quilt back and return it to the quilter — and she hopes all the attention on social media will encourage the thief to do the right thing.

A photo of the quilt has now been shared thousands of time on social media hoping someone sees the quilt and has some information about it. If you see the quilt you’re asked to contact Jane’s Fabric Patch at 503.842.9392

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