The quilt measures 64" x 71"

LEAPING FOR THE FEATHERS

Fiber Artist:  Sue Senerchia
Artist:  Jane Miller


Quilted Block

Sue Senerchia wrote this about her block:  My Mitch LOVED feathers.  George, my husband, has a drawer in his workshop full of feathers and Mitch would lay right in front of it for a good hour "willing" it to open!  We have lots of waterfowl on our property so feathers are really easy to come by.  If Mitch would be fenced into his play yard and a feather was on the outside of the fence, he'd bark and bark and bark until someone would take pity on him and retrieve the feather and give it to him.  He never ate them - just gnawed on them.

Original Drawing
Unquilted Block

Mitch passed away on April 17th at the age of 9.5.  Not a day goes by that we don't think of him.  Mitch was buried with tons of feathers and to this day, we have bouquets of feathers on his burial spot. Here are a few photos of Mitch and his feathers.


Mitch's Feather Bouquet

Here are some progress photos of Sue's block:

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$10,000 MILESTONE

"LEAPIN' AIREDALE" TEAPOT
Made and donated by Carol Domeracki, Anything Airedale
www.anythingairedale.com

Please be sure to scroll down below this post to ready about the Block featured today.  It's a truly inspirational and touching story in memory of a dearly loved Airedale, Mitch.

The person whose donation puts the thermometer at the $10,000 mark will become the owner of this unique teapot with a leaping Airedale on each side.  Oh, I'd love to have this teapot in my Airedale curio cabinet!  How appropriate that Carol found this teapot just in time for Leap Y'Aire.

Right Side View
Carol wrote:  This genie style teapot features Airedale images that have been hand-painted with ceramic under-glazes. Then a few coats of clear glaze were applied and into the kiln it went for hours of firing. 

Opening a kiln after it has cooled down is an exciting time. You just never know what you might find! Thankfully, this teapot was a pleasant surprise and not much different than what I expected to see. WHEW!

Left Side View


The teapot's capacity is approximately 24 oz. It is 9" wide, 6" diameter and 4" tall.  It is signed and dated on the bottom.

The accent color is from an art glaze. That type of glaze can be unpredictable. You seldom get the same results twice but it fired good on this teapot. It's peaceful and soothing but not boring.

This teapot was not custom designed for the 2016 Quilt. However, I couldn't have chosen been better images to portray Leapin' Airedales imho. Obviously, it's a perfect fit and still available to donate so things worked out just perfectly!

"Leaping" Airedales are one of my favorite depictions of our beloved breed. They reflect so much the joy and love of life that Airedales possess.

As your Quilt stories tell, these dogs have a remarkable spirit no matter what their lot in life has been. Down and out, abandoned, abused or unloved, they still seem to rise to the challenge to survive until help comes along. That is just one of the many reasons why we must be there for them.

Thanks for getting those stories of Rescue out there. Even us old-timers need to be reminded WHY this wonderful network of Airedale lovers exists. If we all help in whatever ways that we can, it becomes a win-win for Airedales and humans.



Editor's note:  Those two 8/20 comments appeared while I was proof reading this post and inadvertently published it for 2 seconds!  Those ladies are quick on the draw!




LEAPING FOR THE FEATHERS

Fiber Artist:  Sue Senerchia
Artist:  Jane Miller


Quilted Block

Sue Senerchia wrote this about her block:  My Mitch LOVED feathers.  George, my husband, has a drawer in his workshop full of feathers and Mitch would lay right in front of it for a good hour "willing" it to open!  We have lots of waterfowl on our property so feathers are really easy to come by.  If Mitch would be fenced into his play yard and a feather was on the outside of the fence, he'd bark and bark and bark until someone would take pity on him and retrieve the feather and give it to him.  He never ate them - just gnawed on them.

Original Drawing
Unquilted Block

Mitch passed away on April 17th at the age of 9.5.  Not a day goes by that we don't think of him.  Mitch was buried with tons of feathers and to this day, we have bouquets of feathers on his burial spot. Here are a few photos of Mitch and his feathers.


Mitch's Feather Bouquet

Here are some progress photos of Sue's block:

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EARLY 'DALE NO. 4 INCENTIVES

STARTS TODAY, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24 AT 12 AM PDT
ENDS SATURDAY, AUGUST 27 AT 8 PM EDT
THERE ARE 4 SEPARATE ITEMS BEING OFFERED

NO. 4-1  AGILITY MUG
Made and donated by Ann Curran (Ragtail Airedales)
www.ragtail.co.uk


 Made of fine bone china.  The image, which goes all around the mug, joining beneath the handle, is of Airedales doing agility with various styles of equipment, whilst others give support form the sidelines.  Taken from a watercolor painted specifically for the mug.  There is also a picture inside the mug, along the handle and on the bottom of the mug.

Truly an item to treasure and display with your Airedale collectibles or use every day to drink your tea or coffee.




NO. 4-2  HANDMADE THROW OR "LAP SWEATER"
Donated by Barbara Curtiss and New England Airedale Rescue (NEAR)
sculptaire@snet.net
www.newenglandairedalerescue.org



Throw or lap "sweater" of an Airedale knitted by original design by a NEAR adopter as a thank you for the love of an Airedale in his care.  It is a handmade unique item that measures 42" x 33".  What an attractive decoration on the back of a chair or couch, with the added use as a lap warmer when the winter chill sets in.  No one else has this in their Airedale collection!

NO. 4-3  "CHAIR-DALES"
Donated by Carol Fitch Domeracki of Anything Airedale
www.anythingairedale.com



The "Chair-Dales" is a ready to hang piece with rattan-like chairs.  Each has an Airedale sitting on it.  This framed one of a kind piece is 3 dimensional and measures 14" x 6" by 2".  There is a story behind the history of this piece.  The "Chair Dale" was  major fundraising item early in Airedale Rescue.  Patty Eisenbraun (the artist of many of the blocks in the 2016 quilt) would decorate a chair in her eclectic style and donate it to help raise much needed $$ for the Airedales being rescued.  Because of her genius and generosity, homeless 'dales throughout the Midwest got the health care that they needed and then found loving homes.  

NO. 4-4  POSTER - AIREDALENNIUM - AIREDALE TERRIER RESCUE QUILT 2000
Donated by Candy Kramlich


2000 Quilt Poster
This unframed poster measures 24" wide by 18" high.

Photo of Original Quilt




RESCUE - HAZEL BELLE - VIRGINIA



Hazel was posted for sale by a back-yard breeder after her usefulness as a puppy producer came to an end at the age of five. Fearing she would fall into the wrong hands, a group of Airedale lovers purchased her and gave her to ATRVA for placement. First thing, her Rescue foster coaxed the wriggling Miss Hazel into the tub and followed up with a much-needed haircut, which revealed Hazel to be as pretty as she was gentle and sweet. Then she was scheduled for a trip to the vet to bring her up-to-date on shots and to treat her various parasite infestations.

As soon as advisable, Hazel was back at the vet's for spaying, which seemed to go as normal. But Hazel was slow to recover: lethargic, refusing to eat, and only managing a half-hearted tail-wag at the sight of her foster mom. Over the next several days, she was back to the vet's twice for examinations and x-rays, then a course of oral antibiotics for mastitis. By the end of the week, her temperature was spiking and it was apparent that the mastitis had spread to all her teats. Surgery was discussed but considered chancy, given her vulnerable condition. Instead, she was admitted to the veterinary infirmary and put on IV antibiotics. Still weak, she refused the food necessary for her recovery until her foster mom started bringing her canned tripe every day. YUM!

Hazel seemed to be getting better, but then, a few days later, suffered a serious set-back and had to be rushed into surgery after all. Back home again with her foster family, she began a slow up-and-down recovery, as she struggled with post-operative complications. Finally, Hazel was ready to meet her adopters - a sad moment for her foster mom, who after many hours tending her through illness, had come to love this brave dog.


But Hazel's luck had finally turned: A young couple! With children! And another Airedale! And a yard! And toys! After a few days, Hazel's adopters reported back that Hazel was settling well into her new home, eating and asking for seconds! Her new mom thoughtfully asked if it is difficult to foster and then let a dog go. It is always hard, but when I know they are going to a great home, it makes it easier. She wrote back. "Don't worry! We will spoil her rotten!"



BONUS WALL HANGING - "DIVE BOMBING TREE SWALLOWS"

Fiber Artist:  Karen Brown
Artist:  Mary Blood





Original Drawing

Karen Brown wrote this about her bonus wall hanging:  My bonus quilt was my attempt to redeem myself from a screw up on my quilt block.  My mother always told me I was about as clear as mud!  I failed to communicate clearly that I would be using my regular artist, Mary Blood, for my block design.  In my eagerness to begin my block, I had Mary draw a design prior to receiving our block design and assembly instructions from our Bee Quilt Coordinator, Sharon DeBoer.  Sharon also secured an artist for me.  Jane Miller graciously did a sweet sketch for my block design oriented properly.  Mary drew a charming design oriented in the wrong direction.  To save face, I offered to make Mary's block into a wall hanging.  It was a win/win.  Both of my wonderful artists are still willing to talk to me, and I ended up with an extra project for Airedale Rescue.

The wall hanging is my Airedale, Rushton, being dive bombed by tree swallows when he wandered too close to their house full of baby birds.  He thinks it is great sport and is disappointed that they manage to remain just out of his reach!



RESCUE - MARLEY - LOUISIANA AIREDALE RESCUE

A happy ending for Marley!
Marley with Dr. Catherine


Delia Hardie reports that Marley is doing amazingly well.  She was turned into rescue because she got into a sago palm when she was only 4 months old. Sago Palms are extremely poisonous. Her owners tried their best to save her, but it was very expensive. They were faced with putting her down or re-homing her. 

Fortunately for Marley, her veterinarian is one who has worked closely with Airedale Rescue over the years. We almost did not take her because we were told that she would not make it, but we decided to try. The poison in the sago palm causes extra-hepatic shunts in the liver which caused the blood to bypass the liver and the cleansing function that the liver does. Through a wonderful specialist and the local homeopathic vet, Marley has steadily improved. Neither of these wonderful vets had had a dog survive more than 2 years after ingesting the poison from a sago palm (leaves, pods, bark and all). Marley's most recent liver tests show that 2 of the 4 tests are now within the normal range and, while the other 2 are not, they are closing in on the normal range much to the astonishment of several local vets. It has been a long and expensive road with special food and 12 different medications a day given to her 4 times a day. While we do not know what her life span will be, today at 4 1/2 years old she looks amazing for an Airedale who has been through so much. I am especially thankful to the local homeopathic veterinarian who I believe has made the difference.


Marley when she first came into Rescue 4 yrs ago
I can not say it enough how important it was to Marley's progress that Dr. Catherine, her specialist veterinarian, and Dr. Sagrera, her homeopathic veterinarian, worked together to get her where she is today. Neither of them believed in the beginning that Marley would survive much less make it to 4 years and now her liver tests are looking good. Who knows how much longer she will have.