Quilting community helping Cottage Quilts after $30,000 worth of machines stolen

Someone broke into Cottage Quilts on January 21st and stole two machines.

Posted: Jan 29, 2020 6:11 PM
Updated: Jan 29, 2020 6:19 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- On Wednesday afternoon, the owner of Cottage Quilts in Medford called NewsWatch 12 to say that his two stolen machines were recovered.

Quilting is a hobby to some. For Dave McCray and his wife, it's their life.

"We live eat, sleep and dream for this opportunity to work here," said Dave McCray, co-owner of Cottage Quilts. You can imagine his shock when his store was broken into last week.

"Found our front window smashed in," said McCray. Medford Police say two machines were stolen, each worth about $15,000.

"You feel violated. You know, because this is bread and butter. We are down here six days a week," said McCray.

Quilters like Sandi Benfield say they are going to do something about it. This Saturday they are having a 'Stash Mob'. She says all quilters have a stash of fabric.

"I thought that was horrible. These are nice people; they have a wonderful store," said Sandi Benfield. "You know it's just about supporting this store and what it means to us."

"The 'stash mob' is going to be something that blows my wife and I away," said McCray. He told NewsWatch 12 that he and his wife used to own a quilt shop in Fresno. They were robbed there three times. They moved up to Medford about six years ago.

McCray says the community in Fresno would never show this kind of support.

"It is a way of the quilting and sewing community. Coming to us and helping us in a time of having this burglary," said McCray. 

The event is happening this Saturday, February 1st from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. There will be an auction for a quilt, plus drinks and cookies. The address is: 1310 Center Dr. Unit A, Medford, Oregon 97501.

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