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Dear Jennifer, We appreciate your comments, wisdom and insight into our trying times. My email was sent out to test the waters like the dove going out of the ark. Your love of the truth is going to be a steadying influence as we all see God making himself known. We have several other articles that were published in the paper about actual, painful experiences that we endured from our public "servants". I feel that God is about to pull the plug as the cup of corruption is full. If you are interested in these articles, please let me know. Marie Kolasinski
Hi Marie.. I have been following Piecemakers and your strife for years...I am loyal to Piecemakers and appreciate your warm, goodhearted home I have daily shout outs to God...I am begging him to work quickly Peace be with you good woman. See you soon, Jennifer
I FIND IT IMPOSSIBLE TO DO LOVE AND FEAR AT THE SAME TIME...AND WE ALL KNOW THE MANY WAYS FEAR CAN HIDE. TO LIVE IN THIS WORLD BUT NOT BE OF IT IS A CONSTANT CHALLENGE. On another note had my own personal dealing with the city of costa mesa, was told could not fight city hall with a ham sandwich. Told the planning dept. and code inforencement that their mentallity was only deserving of balogna sandwiches !!!!! Interesting how double standards always hang out with corruption. PEACE !!!! (second email from Linda)
Hi , Susie! [Sue at Piecemakers]
It was so good to call the phone number I found on Piecemakers 1993 Class Schedule, and to talk with you! As I told you I'm delighted Piecemakers are still doing business on Adams Avenue in Costa Mesa.
You all are very unique and a bright ray of sunshine in the world. Please keep up your great works. I'm so looking forward to receiving the catalog.
Sincerely, Artis Fox
This is a long overdue letter of gratitude, thanking you for so many joyful hours of learning worthwhile skills and crafts at your wonderful establishment. A recent visit to your store this past week prompted me to take pen to paper to let you know how much Piecemakers has enhanced many aspects of my life for quite a few years.
I have raised six children as well as working full time for most of my marriage. I had little spare time. However, I always managed to make time to take a class at Piecemakers. I knew my time in that class would be well spent. The classes meant a lot to me at the time, and even more so now that I am retired. My hands are supplied with delightful projects to keep them busy. I find much comfort in these familiar activities.
My home and my heart have been decorated with so many beautiful items that I learned to create through the patient teaching of your caring staff. Quilted wall hangings adorn my entry and kitchen - the Gingerbread Man Christmas wall hanging is a special favorite of mine. I made a twin sized Log Cabin quilt by hand, thanks to you. Several other quilt projects are in various stages of completion, known affectionately as UFOs. These UFOs are a balm to my mind as I am kept occupied with the peaceful and calming stitching. Stenciled storage chests and book cases are family treasures. Ribbon embroidery has enhanced jumpers, blouses and jackets. Piecemakers staff always took great care to help me select just the right matching fabrics and ribbons to complete my project. Apple pie and several scone recipes are very special and delicious treats from your kitchen to mine. I have so thoroughly enjoyed the multitude of classes that I have taken at Piecemakers for many years. Even my ironing chore is enhanced by a beautiful rose-patterned ironing board cover that I purchased at your store.
I have enjoyed many great meals and gracious service in your tea room, the barn, during day-long classes in the upstairs tea room, and the craft fair food concessions. My husband especially looks forward to purchasing a whole apple pie all for himself when he attends the craft fair. Your craft fairs have been a special meeting place for all of my family as we enjoyed a day of shopping, browsing, food and entertainment.
I could go on for quite a few pages listing all the memories, impressions and sheer joyfulness that I have experienced at your store. I wish I could personally thank every one of you by name. If I attempted to list all of your names in this letter, there are so many that I fear I might leave someone out. One notable exception that I feel I have to mention - Kathy, one of your members, patiently taught me ribbon embroidery quite a few years ago. In one of her classes, I created a stunning outfit from a plain denim jumper. Under Kathy's tutelage, I appliqued birdhouses on the jumper and festooned them with varieties of ribbon embroidered roses, vines and other flowers. I still have the jumper, it is still in good shape, and it still gets compliments when I wear it. Kathy may be gone, but I fondly think of her when I start work on a ribbon embroidery project.
Please know that I deeply appreciate the help and service that you all extended to me and my family through the years.
I live in Las Vegas at the present time, but I manage to take a class now and then when I visit my children in Southern California. There is nothing quite like your store anywhere else. Really, no other craft store could duplicate your efforts. It is evident that you put your very heart and soul into every detail of your business, and it shows.
Piecemakers is a truly unique enterprise.
I miss the Piecemakers experience very much - visiting your store and walking through it is special treat for me. Seeing all your dear faces makes me feel right at home.
I hope that you continue your work to brighten many lives through your classes, fairs, quality products offered at reasonable cost, scrumptious food and the best friendly customer service that I have ever experienced.
Best wishes to all of you and may God bless you for being there for these past years and for many years to come.
Sincerely, Phyllis Brown
Englehart Ontario Canada is a small Northern community just having celebrated our 100th birthday in Aug 2008. This quilt tells the story of our past 100 years. Railroading, agriculture, farming, forestry, and mining.
The group involved were Betty Lafferty, Shirley LaCarte, Marcia Morris, Liz Wreggitt, and myself Liz Robitaille. We started the quilt Feb 9th and finished May 16th 2008.
Fabric: Top is 100% Cotton with material supplied by each individual from our stash.
Backing: Muslin Batting: Belle Valle Spun Sheep Wool
We meet most Sunday evenings to coordinate work on each block. Making sure our fabrics lined up with each others block. Various forms of needle work was done to create the Train Quilt Top. Hand appliqué, hand quilting, blanket stitch and embroidered work, as well as using the sewing machine to put the blocks and binding together. Marking of the top was done block by block. We hand quilting around objects, and followed the flow of the landscape.We finished by quilting our border with train tracks. In June 2008 our Train Quilt was donated to Ontario Northland Railway where it now hangs in the Passenger Service Ticket Office in Englehart for the public to view.
I wanted to share with you how proud I am to have been involved in the making of this quilt.
Thank you for answering [by email] so fast. So much of the time I don't get replies! People are just too busy "to take the time to smell the roses" unless there is money to make.
Thanks for taking the time to help me find an answer. I thought you would take the time to answer me, and if not, then there would be no hope for a friendly world!
THANKS again, Sheila (Clements)
And, though it's long overdo, thank you for the fun,
classes, parties, patience and kindness everyone always showed
me. I miss your store!
Thanks for the memories, and God bless you,
Here is the wonderbars recipe (available in Seasons
of Refreshing Cookbook)
Cindy asked about:
I am writing to thank you for designing the The
Heart of America 2003. I am
of the Valley Quilters and I recently entered my barn quilt in the
Show. it received a second place in the mixed (pieced and applique)
Our Guilds pas presidents of each get a ribbon to award to the quilt of
choice, I got 2 of those! The quilt also got viewer's choice award.
person that came to the show voted on the quilt they liked the best and
I need to give a good part of the credit to the
designer of the barn quilt. It is such a charming pattern and has a
very realistic feel., I usually change a pattern around to make it my
own, but not on this one, because it is so well done.
Recently, after a day of rain we had a double rainbow
area. This prompted a letter from one of our customers ...
and response from Marie...
What is God saying, My dear Markson, with His awesome
display of a double rainbow? He wants us to know that in the midst of
His dealings, sorrows and chastising His promises hold true... the
rainbow of beauty and peace bravely displaying itself in the midst of
thunder, lightning and
the rain. Like a double wedding ring it reminds us that His covenant of
marriage is with Him... for better or for worse, for rich or for poor,
good times and in bad... He is with us.
I want to write this note to you about my quilt. I bought the 2000 calendar at my local quilt shop in the year 2000. I began immediately to construct it. It was all new to me as to how to put it together, but I learned from your directions and some help from "SEW TOGETHER" , my shop here in Richmond. I chose my own fabrics collected around the US, actually on a trip, and some of my own. I heavily embellished it with ribbon embroidery, beads, etc. the past two years I have been hand quilting i t - a little at a time and showing it to everyone. (Last summer I took part in an encampment of the Voyageur's of St.. Claire and worked on it out in the open for all to see for two days - everyone showed great interest-men and women.) This past week, I finally got it done and ready to hang. I am so proud of it. I plan to hang it on a wall in my library. I dare not say how many hours I have given to this project, but it was all worth it. I will send you a picture by easy share as soon as I can get it ready.
Thank you for the hours this must have taken to design and implement into a pattern.
Yours sincerely, Janet Collins Richmond, MI
I have done most of the applique with fusible webbing and hand stitched it with blanket stitch, have needle turned the background pieces, then hand quilted it on my lap as I couldn't hoop it because of the embroidery and my back couldn't manage it on a frame. I entered it in the annual quilt exhibition our state quilters guild holds and won one of the viewer's prizes.
I have called it "Into the light" as a symbol of my journey from depression. It hangs on my living room wall and the whole family just loves it. Thank you for your wonderful pattern, I am inspired to one day make an Australian version.
Thanks for your help. See you in the Fall.....Cheryl
How much I want to thank you for your permission to enter my quilt in the Paducah Quilt Show this coming month. By now Bonnie from Paducah has checked with you to see if you did give me permission to do the Barn 2003 quilt.
I want to send you a picture of it in the attachment. I had so much fun doing this. I had NO idea I even had a 1/2% chance for Paducah!
In fact, since I had no idea I would be chosen, I did not even make any room reservations to attend. Everything is full! It would be a miracle if lodging was available. I have 4 people in Paducah looking for me.
Again thanks, and if I get my miracle for lodging, I'll let you know. take care and God Bless.
Naomi in South Carolina
Bless you all, Wendy
The beauty, fantasy and the peaceful words from the Bible we can find in these calendars, has been to a deep joy for me and for my whole family. My husband has even made a frame to it.
Thank you! Gunn
I have also begun to read the "Piecemakers Country Store" book as well as "The Calico Braided Rug Handbook". I am very touched by your use of scripture throughout both publications. As a follower of Christ, this means a lot to me. Thank you for including the scriptures in your literature.
Thanks again! Many Blessings!
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