Kathy Sandbach is the author of the books titled: Show Me How to Create Quilting Designs; Show Me How to Machine Quilt: A Fun, No-Mark Approach; and Show Me How To Plan My Quilting: Design Before You Piece A Fun No-Mark Approach
Kathy and her work are also referenced in other quilt books, so you may be familiar with her as an author and teacher.
Right now some of the quilts that are in her books are being offered on eBay by her children.
Here is a message from her son Ken, explaining why....
"Hello ladies, this is Ken Sandbach, Kathy's son typing. As most of
you know by now my mom has been diagnosed with a nasty type of dementia, called FrontalTemporal Dementia.
If you were around her the last few years at all, you may have noticed some behavior changes--slight at first, and then progressing to downright bizarre. It took the kids
some time (unfortunately), but this last December we finally got the
diagnosis, and began putting all the pieces together. Her symptoms
these days are too numerous for this email, but if you're curious
Google FrontalTemporal Dementia or go to www.mayoclinic.com and search there.
The reason for writing this morning is to let you know after a long
conversation with my sister we have decided to begin selling my mom's
quilting legacy. We are down to about 6 month's money left for
Kathy's care, and have found that Social Security and Medicare just don't cut it.
Assisted living care is running 7k/month, not including her
insurance and mortgage payments (her Oregon house in on the market,
but no one is buying these days).
As a test experiment we have put 3 of her quilts on eBay to test
reception. Their names and descriptions have come from her books,
because we're just not that smart! If this eBay auction proves to be
worthwhile, there are another such 100 quilts that will make their way
to you--her fans.
While this is a tough time, and even tougher decision to make, neither
Kristine or I have the room or energy to store these quilts in the way
they deserve, so we're hoping/praying that the people who love them
most will be willing to adopt them.
Lastly, it has been at least 18 months since Kathy spent any regular
time on her email, so many of these addresses are likely to be bad.
Please, PLEASE forward this letter to your address books/quilt
lovers, and ask they do the same. Kathy has traveled all over the United
States and UK teaching, so I am hoping this letter will make its way around the entire quilting universe!
Also there is a guest book at mom's old website
Please go there and sign the guest book. It would mean a lot to grasp
just how many people Kathy has touched through quilting.
Thank you for letting my invade your inbox this morning!"