The Finders Keepers Mystery created by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Alden children are helping a friend who has a large, old house full of stuff. They think there might be some sort of treasure in the house, but they’re not sure what it would be at first. Soon, talk surfaces about some hand-made quilts that would be worth a lot of money, one in particular, a wedding-ring quilt. The Aldens find a trunk of quilts in the attic and word soon gets out.
There are reporters snooping around for the quilts in addition to museum curators. The house is broken into. Even with all the rummaging, the wedding-ring quilt is yet to be found and people still try to get at the quilts. There’s one ugly quilt that nobody thinks is valuable, but it’s got a secret to hide.
What I liked
Quilts can certainly be interesting. I have one that my grandmother made that I’ve kept around for some time. It’s simple compared the quilts in this story, but still took a lot of work and sewing. I actually re-made it a few years ago. I replaced the backing, batting, and yarn ties. It was quite the project. Quilting is a huge endeavor, that can be done in groups, called quilting bees. Women get together to quilt and gossip. Of course, I don’t know how often people have quilting bees these days.
Some quilts do sell for a while lot of money and it’s because there is a whole lot of work that can go into each of them. So if you think that quilts wouldn’t be worth that much money, you’d be wrong.
What I didn’t like
It kind of makes me sad that someone would sell these quilts. I get it in a way. You’re not going to be able to use them all and wouldn’t it be better if they were in a museum where other people could enjoy them?
When I still lived at home, my family acquired a bunch of quilts, in a similar manner, although, they weren’t as nice as the quilts in this story sound. I thought it was kind of sad that none of the family wanted these quilts that had been made by their mother and grandmother. Quilts just feel really personal to me
Too bad none of my blankets are worth lots of money.
Why don’t the Aldens charge money for mysteries? They’d be even richer than they already were if they did.
Would you sell a family quilt if it was worth a lot of money?