Sunday, December 9, 2018

A Shout Out from The Quilt Show

Hello Everyone,
 
It was like herding cats as we tried to get Ginger, Mazey, and Copper to pose for a picture in front of the Christmas tree.  Ginger belongs to our son's girlfriend, and Copper belongs to our son.  The three of them had a ball at the cabin.  They also were a big help when we put up the tree.....NOT!
 
Ginger, Mazey and Copper

Anyway, I have been in contact with Alex Anderson from The Quilt Show (TQS). TQS gave my fundraiser a big shout out today on their Daily Blog.  Click HERE to see their blog. To date, over $11,000 has passed through my post office box.  I've sent substantial checks out to six families severely impacted by the fire.

I'll be in Chico tomorrow and meet with three Paradise Guild members to brainstorm on how best to help.  Alex Anderson is going to be instrumental in helping the quilters in Paradise.  We are going to try to get everyone a care package.  We are still working out the details.

I'm trying to do the best I can to help those in need.  The problem is, everyone who was caught in the fire is in great need.  Two of my friends in Chico have a son who works for Cal Fire.  He is going to give me names of first responders who lost everything.  At the top of the list, is a family with a 4 year-old son.  As soon as I get their contact information, they will get a check.

The generosity of the quilting community has astounded me on a daily basis. Here are the people who YOU have helped so far. 

1.  A quilter who is also a school bus driver.  She drove many children out of town to safety.  She lost everything including her car which she left in the school parking lot while she saved others.  No insurance.

2.  A childhood friend with three generations of family who lived in Paradise.  Out of the six families, five of them lost everything. Some of them didn't have insurance.

3.  Another family friend with a disabled daughter.  The daughter was living in a nursing home in Paradise, now they are all together in a two bedroom home with family out of town.

4.  A childhood friend who I've known since kindergarten.  Everything is gone including her new studio which she never had the chance to use.

5.  Another childhood friend who I've know forever.  My sister Gail went through school with her husband.  This couple also has a disabled son who lives with them.  They purchased a used RV and planned to park it in a relatives driveway......until the neighbors complained.

6.  Our renters who have been bouncing around from shelter to campground in a very small, vintage travel trailer.  Their children are living with grandparents in the Sacramento area.  They just want to be together and be a family again. Again, no insurance. 

There is such sadness.  I spoke with a childhood friend yesterday who I tracked down on Face Book through his sister.  He is in a shelter in Chico with 1,000 other people!  I haven't talked with him in almost 50 years.  I could barely hold it together while he spoke as his story is harrowing. His power and phone went out two hours before the fire reached his area in upper Paradise.  The sky got very dark and he realized what was happening.  He ran to all of his neighbors, warned them, and they got out to safety.  There were 25 mobile homes on his street.....it took 10 minutes for all of them to burn down.  By the time he got back to his mobile home, it was starting to burn along with his vintage truck.  He barely got out in time.  It took him three hours to get out of town to safety.  Some of his drive was through the flames and fireballs. This week he was allowed to go back to his area to sift through the ashes for something.....anything.  He is leaving the area permanently.  The memories of his last day are too profound for him to return.  Since he saved so many, I feel he deserves financial help.

His word of warning to me was, don't go back and see the devastation.  Remember town as it was.

Fundraising is my new part-time job.  With the mention on TQS, it could become my new full-time job.  A role I will gladly accept. 

Again, thank you all for your generosity.  I believe together we can make a difference by neighbor helping neighbor, and friend helping friend.

Soon,
Lynn







 

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Alpine Winter

Hello Everyone,
 
I've been on the road so much that it's been hard to find time to quilt.  When I can, I've been working on little, plaid trees.
 


I've also made a block or two to look like a star in the middle of a wreath.  This is actually the block from my Country Sunshine pattern.


I think if I put three blocks together separated by the trees, I will have a nice table runner for Winter.


Enjoy your weekend everyone.  Busy days ahead for all of us.

Soon,
Lynn

Friday, December 7, 2018

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggety Jig

Hello Everyone,
 
I've been on the road for the past week teaching and visiting with family.  I'm home now and knee deep in Christmas preparations.  The following pictures are just a small snapshot of the creativity that I saw on my travels.
 
I'm working backwards through my week.  First up are pictures from my Sew'n Wild Oaks girls last Monday and Tuesday.  This is going to be the cutest Christmas ornament you've ever seen!
 



Vicky has been working hard on my Spoken For design.



Barbara is completely finished with my Cute as a Button design. She made this out of her scraps.



Irene brought in her finished, and gorgeous Country Sunshine quilt.


Meg's Country Sunshine is in an entirely different colorway.  All of the components are placed on the block layout sheet which I include in each pattern.


Pat is completely finished with a Crabapple Hill design.  She also machine quilted this quilt on her domestic machine.


Lynnette is making my Homemade Holiday table runner.


Paula has a pile of Y-squares for Country Sampler.


Gail has a pile of flying geese and Y-squares for her Zinnie's Choice quilt.





Next are photos from my Country Sampler class. I love the combination of colors and fabrics.







 Then there were finished blocks from Row-Mancing Alaska. This block is called Aurora.




I started off my travels teaching Scrappy Leaves.  We always begin with a layout sheet.


The girls organized their leaf background fabrics first.


You can see that the sun is going to be radiating through the trees from light to dark.




 
That is just a small sample of the beautiful projects that I witnessed over the past weeks.  I feel that I'm constantly surrounded in beauty.  Not only are the projects beautiful......so are the creators.
 
After being gone for a week, I came home to a Post Office box full of envelopes with donations for my Paradise fundraiser.  I processed checks for most of Thursday!  To date, quilters around the globe have donated over $9,000!!!!  All of the monies collected are going directly to help the people of Paradise.  You have been instrumental in putting smiles on many faces.
 
Monday I will be meeting with three members of the Paradise Guild.  They had between 120-130 members.  100 of them lost everything.  We are going to brainstorm how best to meet the needs of the quilting community in Paradise.  My contact told me the members have been scattered to the winds.  They are trying to locate everyone and evaluate their needs.  Many of the quilters are ready to pick up a needle and create something.  I keep thinking how I would feel if I'd lost the ability to quilt and create. 
 
The members who live in Chico are trying to get everyone together to celebrate a sense of community with the quilters from the Annie's Star guild in Chico.  The bonding of quilters will be essential in the healing process. 
 
I wish you could see me open envelopes, read the personal letters, while wiping the tears away.  Mr. Joe thinks I'm a basket case....which I am during my "mail time".  Your generosity is the most amazing thing I have ever witnessed.  This is the season of giving, and you've come through like champions.  I am forever grateful.
 
Soon,
Lynn

 

Thursday, November 29, 2018

You've Got Mail

Hello Everyone,
 
My little post office box has never been so full!  Your donations to my fundraiser for Paradise are pouring in.  Both my heart and my post office box runneth over.
 

Every name, dollar amount, email, or address has been entered into a spreadsheet.  I've assigned numbers to all of the donations and I've contacted most of you.  I still have some more to do.  The day after Thanksgiving, I sat at our dining room table surrounded by family, and we opened envelopes.  Checks, prayers, and personal stories were inside each envelope.  During the "opening" there were cheers, applause, gasps, and happy tears. 

The personal stories have been so touching.  Many of the envelopes came from areas of the state already ravaged by fire.  Some of the people who donated, had lost everything in the Santa Rosa fire or the fire in Redding......and they are donating to help Paradise.

I'm also amazed at how many people have a connection to Paradise and have traveled to the town, visited there as a child with grandparents, lived there, or have relatives who also lost their homes.

Many times over the past week I've been reduced to tears.  I try to read aloud to Mr. Joe, and my voice cracks, and the water works start to flow.  I'm a witness to the generosity of the quilting community as you reach out to help those who are hurting and in great need.  You are the BEST!


In between processing donations and sending out checks, I've been preparing for my week of teaching. I hit the road today and head over to The Quail's Nest in Sonora to teach Scrappy Maple Leaves.  This is one of my favorite classes to teach.


Saturday, I'll be at In Between Stitches in Livermore to teach Row-Mancing Alaska. Saturday night Livermore has a big Christmas parade, so I will be bundled up and watching my three grand daughters on the FFA float.  Hopefully the rain will stop long enough for the parade.

 
Sunday, I'm teaching Country Sampler at Ladybug's in Manteca.  This is also a fun class to teach.  There will be many ah-ha moments in class.
 

I get to spend next Monday and Tuesday at In Between Stitches with my Sew'n Wild Oaks girls.  This is always a fun time for me.

Mr. Joe and Mazey will be staying at the cabin while I'm on the road for a couple of different reasons.  #1, he wants to keep the driveway cleared of snow so I can get back home next week on Wednesday.  The second reason is that he has always wanted to be snowed in for a few days with his favorite blond....a furry, four-legged Golden Retriever who loves to play outside in the snow!

Soon,
Lynn

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Emilie Elizabeth Part Two

Hello Everyone,
 
Quilters have big hearts and are so generous.  My friend Barbara is offering her version of Emilie Elizabeth in the raffle to help those who lost their homes in the Camp Fire in Paradise.
 

 
 It has such a wonderful vintage look and feel. 


Barbara is an amazing quilter and person.  She is also one of the most positive people I've ever known.  I'm so honored to know her, and call her my friend.



So now you have two chances to win.  The original Emile Elizabeth.....


 ....and the vintage 30's version....

  

So here are the particulars.  ALL monies received will go directly to the relief of Paradise residents.  The renters of our family home are in dire need of assistance.  Every childhood friend, except for one, lost everything in the fire. The lines for FEMA are long.  The rains are coming. People I know are living in tents or their cars. 

Tickets are $5.00 each.  I can't accept credit cards because I'm keeping this effort totally separate from my business.  I would prefer checks so there is a paper trail, and this process is totally transparent.  Your check is your receipt for income tax purposes.

Upon receipt of your check, I will enter your name and information into an Excel spreadsheet.  You will be assigned a number(s), and I will email them to you.  I don't want to waste money on postage or envelopes.  I plan to draw the winner of the quilt through a random number generator January 15, 2019. The first number drawn will get to select which quilt they want. The second number will win the remaining quilt. 

I have a long list in my spreadsheet with names and numbers.  I will work on sending your numbers out to you this week.  The envelopes have been filling my little post office box!

Please include your email in your correspondence! 

Please make checks payable to Lynn Wilder and send to:

Lynn Wilder
P.O. Box 3236
Arnold, CA  95223-3236

In the memo part of the check, in the left hand corner please write "Stitch Paradise Back Together"

I have been reduced to tears when opening the envelopes that I've received so far.  Your generosity and personal notes are so touching.  My next post will be all about the notes and checks received.

Soon,
Lynn

P.S.  My Etsy sale ends today!  Click HERE to go to my Etsy shop.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Time With The Family

Hello Everyone,
 
While the family sleeps, and the cabin is quiet, I'll try to get off a quick post. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.  We had a good day spent with part of the family, yet bittersweet while our thoughts turned to our friends in Paradise.
 
Toyland Tree
Don't forget the raffle of my Emilie Elizabeth quilt from my previous post. All proceeds will go directly to the displaced residents of Paradise, my hometown where I grew up.



Also, to kick off Black Friday, I'm having a sale on my Etsy site.  Click HERE to check it out.

We are going to put our tree up today.  It is supposed to rain, glorious rain, all day long. Christmas carols, hot chocolate, laughter, and reindeer games is our plan for the day. We will be inside snug as bugs and enjoying leftovers.

Soon,
Lynn

 

Monday, November 19, 2018

Stitch Paradise Back Together

 Hello Everyone,

After days of hand wringing, worry, and sleepless nights, I've decided what I can do to help in the effort to repair lives torn apart in the incomprehensible destruction of my hometown of Paradise during the Camp Fire. I am going to raffle off my Emilie Elizabeth quilt.


The quilt measures 76" x 76". She is gorgeous if I do say so myself!  She is named after my maternal grandmother, Emilie Elizabeth Ross, who also lived in Paradise in the 1950's and 60's. 
 


 I deigned, made, and machine quilted this quilt.  My sister Gail helped me make this quilt, so it was a joint effort.  We had a tight deadline to make the quilt and ship it off to Marcus Fabrics, so it could hang in the Marcus booth in Houston during the 2014 Quilt Market.


Click HERE to read a post about us making this quilt.  Gail was a guest blogger and it is pretty funny reading.


Since we made this quilt together, and we both lost our hometown and family home together, I think this is the best quilt to donate to the cause.



So here are the particulars.  ALL monies received will go directly to the relief of Paradise residents.  The renters of our family home are in dire need of assistance.  Every childhood friend, except for one, lost everything in the fire. The lines for FEMA are long.  The rains are coming. People I know are living in tents or their cars. 

Tickets are $5.00 each.  I can't accept credit cards because I'm keeping this effort totally separate from my business.  I would prefer checks so there is a paper trail, and this process is totally transparent.  Your check is your receipt for income tax purposes.

Upon receipt of your check, I will enter your name and information into an Excel spreadsheet.  You will be assigned a number(s), and I will email them to you.  I don't want to waste money on postage or envelopes.  I plan to draw the winner of the quilt through a random number generator mid-January.

Please make checks payable to Lynn Wilder and send to:

Lynn Wilder
P.O. Box 3236
Arnold, CA  95223-3236

In the memo part of the check, in the left hand corner please write "Stitch Paradise Back Together"

As money comes in, I will distribute it directly to those in need.  I will keep you posted on amounts collected and disbursed.

Together, we can lighten the hearts of some of the residents......one family at a time.

If you are in a guild, please share this information via social media.  If you have any questions, please email me:  sewnwildoaks@gmail.com

Let's do this together quilters! 

Soon,
Lynn