Stolen quilts leave Bakersfield business owner Nancy Rinker asking for help

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Quilting is a culture, some quilters are so attached to their creations they call them their “babies.”

One local business owner turned her hobby into a way to make money, and many in the quilting community say she’s quite good at it.

“She combines different methods of quilting altogether to make a masterpiece,” quilter Laura Craun said. With her cutting edge designs, Nancy Rink won several awards for her quilting .

Now, Rink is trying to get her work back after 15 of her quilts were stolen Monday. “They're my babies, I started from scratch with them,” Rink said.

To her, the quilts are more than a business tool. Rink started quilting after going to a class with her grandmother.

“She talked me into it because I was the one person in the family that sewed that lived here in town. We went to quilting classes and it turns out she hated it and I loved it,” Rink said.

Her passion turned into heartache after the burglary. Rink explained it would take hundreds of thousands of hours to remake the quilts that hung in the backroom of her business.

Her clients and friends feel her pain. “I was devastated for Nancy because she is one of the most hardworking people I know, she works so hard on these things, they're beautiful original creations, and it's like having one of your children stolen,” Craun said.

Early next week, Rink was planning on going to a trunk show to show off her latest work but says she now has to come up with a new plan.

The quilting community is helping keep an eye out for the creations. Rink is offering a $1,500 reward for their return.

If you have any details related to this crime, it is encouraged to contact the Bakersfield Police Department.

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