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Thread: Kathy Sandback author/teacher/quilts... long message

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    Super Member wraez's Avatar
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    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.

    http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trk...All-Categories

    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

    www.machinequiltlady.com.

    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!"

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    Wow! That is so sad.

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    so sorry to hear that she is so ill. I will check out her quilts for sale

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    That is so sad!!! Think I'll go to ebay and check out her quilts....

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    That's horrible!
    I went and checked ebay and the prices are going up and up on her quilts. I'm thinking people are knowing what they are getting and are scooping them up

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlrnhi
    That's horrible!
    I went and checked ebay and the prices are going up and up on her quilts. I'm thinking people are knowing what they are getting and are scooping them up
    I couldn't afford one of the quilts, but ordered the book, because I wanted to help a little bit.

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    I went to ebay and looked and drooled but couldn't afford to place a bid :cry: But they sure are gorgeous!!

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    This is so sad to hear . She did such beautiful machine quilting ! I have one of her books , so glad I bought it ! Sorry I can't help . Annie

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    That is so sad.

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    This is so very sad.

    Wouldn't it be fantastic if the winners of the quilts turned around and just outright gave back the quilts to her children. To me, it doesn't seem 'right' that the quilts should belong to anyone else but her children. I understand that this notion is just 'wishful thinking,' but I can't help feel so badly for the family to have to part with her quilts to be able to afford the cost of her assisted living care.

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    I'm so sorry to read about your Mom, that must be extremely hard on you all. Her Summerhaven Wall hanging is just gorgeous as are the rest of the quilts you put on e-bay. Good luck to you all.

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    The son said they had no means to store the quilts so I think they would not want the quilts back to have to manage them.

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    I took a two-day machine quilting (FMQ) class from Kathy about 4 years ago. I can't believe what I'm reading. She was a very strong woman - no lack of personality for sure! This is sad. I'm going to check in with the site and see if I can let her kids know that I learned a lot from her. (Except still can FMQ, but that's my problem, not Kathy's!)

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    I'm thinking and hoping that of all the quilts, they at least each chose one special one to keep in memory of their mom's great talent. I don't know if Kathy has grand kids, but it would be special if each one had one of their grandma's quilts.

    Of course, finances and lack of, can be very demanding and stressful and may be the driving force behind all decisions made. Just hoping they won't regret the loss of any of the quilts as time goes by.

    My best wishes for the family

    warm quilt hugs, sue

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    What is an ad for shoes doing here??

    This news about Kathy is so sad. Best wishes for her family.
    I tried to view her quilts on ebay, but only found books...maybe the sales are over (?)

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    I went back to ebay and did a search for her quilts in "completed listings" and still found nothing. ?? ?? confusion...

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    The thread is from three years ago - completed listings don't usually show up on eBay more than a couple of months past the end date.

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    I was thrown by that too. I forget that messages can be brought back to the top years after they were posted.

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    I can't find any updates about her health or how the family is doing.
    Got fabric?

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    I truely feel for her family. my grandma is in a home because she was to much to care for because of her dementia/Alzheimer. I hope that they will keep something special of hers but I am sure that she has made a special quilt for each of them to keep.
    when life gets you down go and talk with a little kid. They will help you work out even the worst problems with their simple logic.

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