Friday, May 15, 2009

Dogs Need Help

This just in from Fabricaholics Yahoo group, and with so many dog lovers here, I just HAD to post it: (I changed her email address with the AT and DOT).

5. Block request
Posted by: "cnelwell" cnelwellATwcblueDOTcom victoryfarms03
Date: Thu May 14, 2009 4:54 pm ((PDT))

To all of you out there,
Several months ago in Montana, a puppy mill was raided and some 200 English Shepherds were taken. The court hearing has been delayed until July. These animals are being taken care of by volunteers. The National English Shepherd Rescue organization has been raising monies to help take care of these dogs. They were in bad shape, physically and socially when taken. If they are released after the court date they will be spayed and neutered and will be released to foster homes and adoptive homes. I am appealing to you as quilters to join in the latest money raising project:


NESR is calling quilters of all ages and experience levels to participate in a Quilt Block Challenge to benefit the Montana English Shepherds being cared for by Operation New Beginnings volunteers.

Please use "English American Breed" as your inspiration for fabric choices, embellishment. Patriotic colors are encouraged.

Your block will be combined with other donated blocks and used in fundraising efforts on behalf of the Montana English Shepherds and other English Shepherds in need. Details to be announced in June.

Rules/Guidelines have been added to the Files Section under NESR Quilt Block Challenge and a link will be added to the NESR web page. Here's an abbreviated version:

Use your favorite 12 x 12 Ohio Star block pattern or a variation of that block. Ohio Star is an easy and traditional block and patterns for it can be found all over the internet and in basic quilting books.

Please use 100% cotton fabric that has been washed and ironed.

Use ¼ inch seam allowances.

Use your favorite piecing method. If using appliqué, edges should be turned under and sewn down.

All blocks become the property of National English Shepherd Rescue; they will be used in fundraising efforts for the Montana English Shepherds and other English Shepherds in need.

Send the blocks by US Postal Service to:

National English Shepherd Rescue
c/o Melinda King
10602 Brittney Lane SE
Olalla, WA 98359

Blocks need to arrive no later than June 8, 2009 please!! Now go dig thru your stash and make a beautiful block inspired by the American Spirit of the English Shepherd.

Blocks sent to Melinda should measure 12 1/2 x 12 1/2. There are over 250 dogs now (lots of new puppy litters) and just the food bill is huge. Any help you can give will be appreciated.
Thanks, Norma in MO


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Moms and grandmoms, etc.

Goodmorning- I've been having trouble getting in also, but figured it would be a couple of days and would come around again. Thanks Eric!
My Mom never sewed anything! She would even have me sew on a button if it fell off her coat.
My Dad's mother lived with us from the time I was 8 until she died, I think I was 12 or 13. She sewed, mostly out of need, repairing things as her husband was a minister during the depression and she raised 4 sons. She probably didn't mean to teach me, but I hung out with her and she did. Since I am left handed a lot of things were self taught.
As for growing up advice- keep your elbows off the table was the main one. One of my first memories was being sent to the kitchen to sit cross leged on the floor and opening the oven door as a table, because she couldn't stand whatever bad table manners I was using. If I couldn't keep my arm/hand off the table I was to sit on my hand. On the once or twice a year that we go someplace fancy I find myself sitting on my right hand.
Mom is 91 now, I think I posted about her a week or so ago. The driving up and down I-95 had done a number on my hips and back, am going to call the chiropracter to see if I can get in today or tomorrow. Haven't seen him in over 3 months, it's past time.
We need rain! It was supposed to rain all day yesterday and got nothing. Please send some this way from the Carolinas.
Sara in Fla.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

My Mom

My mom sewed all the clothes I ever wore, She was an excellant seamstresss yet never made a quilt that I am aware of. My grandmother made quilts but died before I was able to learn from her. It was natural for me to take up sewing and I started quilting sometime in the 80"s and am enjoying every minute of it. My Mom has passed on now, and I am still married to my one and only DH who she said "It will never last" Guess we fooled her. Mom was a hard worker and never had it easy. My Dad passed on when I was 25 and my younger siblings still at home. So it was up to her to keep the household afloat, so to speak. Lots of memories too many to mention. Marge

Yay! I sure missed this page!

The best lesson I learned from my mother is that I can accomplish anything I want, if I'm willing to put enough effort into it. Other people may do it better than I can, but I can still manage to do it.

My mother is an artist, but she always believed that she could accomplish anything she wanted to do, as long as she could find a book on how to do it. Dad was in the Air Force, and traveled, so if she wanted something done, it was up to her to do it.
She took her art lessons by correspondance while she was raising 3 small children. She upholstered furniture. She built beautiful bookcases and entertainment centers. She tiled floors. She built a screened in back porch and installed new bathroom fixtures for her mother's home. She made curtains and pillows and bedspreads.
She doesn't do any of this anymore except the art, as arthritis makes the physical activity painful. She never quilted or embroidered; her interest was in painting. I learned those crafts from her mother. I'm glad my grandmother lived long enough to see several of my first quilts, and I'm glad my mother has always encouraged me to do my best and to not be afraid to try anything that I am interested in.

The weather here has been miserable




Monday, May 11, 2009


Well, at least one of the bugs is out of the system so my Sunday post is there today. Now if only I could open the BB. I keep getting an error message that says DNS look up error or some such thing. What does that mean? I sent an email to Eric last night about it so I guess he hasn't gotten to it. Oh well, it's only about once a week that somebody posts on it.

Laura, my mom died just a few weeks after her 59th birthday of the same cause. She never quilted but made many of my school clothes. When she died I know she had been knitting little squares for a bedspread for me and many of the squares were made and connected. When my dad remarried, like so many widowers, fairly soon thereafter and sold the house the bedspread disappeared. I've never gotten over my bitterness about that. I didn't think at the time to ask about it. I have some jewelry, not very much, that I never wear but I sure wish I had that spread.

Another piece of maternal advice: No matter how poor you are, always budget for the cost of sending your husband's shirts out". Those were the days when many men wore coats and ties to work. I followed that bit of advice. Al wore nothing but oxford cloth dress shirts and each would take me at least 20 minutes to iron and when they were done (he hated starch) they looked as though he'd spent the night in the back seat of a car.



I was busy yesterday introducing my newest granddaughter to the world. DD#2 and "baby girl" are fine.

My mother and her mother influenced my quilting. And, as my recently departed DSis liked to say, "Fabric shopping (& fondling) is in our genes." Mom always sewed our clothes and was very creative in her use of patterns and fabric. I was always proud of how unique our clothes were. I fondly remember when she made skirts and jackets from the wool scraps from Pendleton clothing - many of the pieces were sometimes only 6 inches wide so the garments were designed with lots of box pleats or princess seaming. Mom died at 60 of breast cancer before she had a chance to quilt, so I vowed to start at a younger age with my quilting. Grandma started quilting at 65 and was quilting until her lost eyesight and death at 93. I just loved her scrappy nine patch quilts. Mom said she wished when Dad went out she had hired a sitter and joined him more often - advice I have always remembered.

Thanks Jane for helping us remember.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Sunday am

Jane, what a wonderful thought ! I have been having some of those same thoughts this weekend and even tho my mother and I were not very close in the past few years I did always attribute my love for knitting, embroidery and stitchery and what was her love of sewing into my love of quilting......I do however wish I hadn't inherited her tendency to have so many projects on the go and always have the dreams of being able to do more than what my lifetime will allow !

My mother taught me how to use my hands not only for the above mentioned 'crafty' things, but how to bake, cook and tell the difference between a flower and a weed.......She might not have been able to express it verbally I do know that she loved me. My mother passed away on April 16th and I was glad I was able to see her before she decided to give up and refused any medical care......having a good last memory is good as are the ones when I was growing up and learning these wonderful skills and talents of hers which she had learned from her mother and grandmother! What happened in between those memories does not matter. Every time I pick up a new project or dream of yet another one to try I have always thought how good it was that Mom took the time and showed me how to do something many times over and over again !

Happy Mother's Day !



I just tried to post a Mother's Day post and the software says it posted successfully and it's not there????? Let's see if this one posts.



I suspect that most of us are moms but for certain we are all offspring. Here's a tribute to all of us including those who made moms out of our moms. Let's try to post a memories of our mothers, related to sewing, quilting or just plain living. I know that there are those who were not as fortunate as I and either had no mom or one with problems that interfered with her ability to do a good job of it. Perhaps there was a grandmother, aunt, neighbor or dad who filled that role.

My mother's wisdom:
1. always be aware of and respect the grain of the fabric you are cutting
2. cheap fabric is a poor investment (we had little spare cash)
3. don't marry a doctor, police officer or martini drinker (the first two keep lousy hours and the last is, well, you know)

I'm sure other bits and pieces will come to me today.

Jane in sunny (at least at the moment) NC