The quilt measures 64" x 71"


After raising approximately $252,200 over a period of 17 years, the Airedale Rescue Quilting Bee is officially disbanded.  

Thank you to everyone who helped us surpass our goal this year and end on a super high note raising $26,660!


The offical amount raised by the 2016 Airedale Rescue Quilting Bee "Leap Y'Aire" Quilt is $26,660

The Airedale Rescue Quilting Bee started in 1999 and to date has raised a total of $252,200, which includes this last fundraiser!  All the money has gone to National Airedale Rescue. The end of this major yearly fundraiser is a HUGE loss for National Airedale Rescue and we'll all need to brainstorm and come up with a new super fundraising event for the future.

I think I speak for all the Bee members in saying it's been an honor and a privilege to work with this wonderful and creative group, who brought 17 years worth of Airedale-themed quilts to life.  I've only been a member since 2011 starting with the 2012 Quilt, "Garden Party".  I knew nothing, and I mean nothing, about hand applique and quilting.  I am still learning. But a Bee member, Marianne Perry, lived about an hour away and was my mentor.  Others around the country shared their tips and fabric to get this neophyte started.  I don't envision myself ever making a large quilt, but I do want to continue the craft of making wall hangings a few times a year. 

When I first heard about the Bee, I was amazed that a group of women and Airedale lovers, many who have never met each other, came together to create such beautiful works of art, all through the use and community of the internet. I was National Airedale Rescue Treasurer then and I was stunned and very grateful at what was raised.  

Now that the Bee has dissolved, we need to brainstorm and figure out other ways to generate income each year to benefit Airedales in need.  National Airedale Rescue helps those regional rescues who don't have the time, an affiliation with a regional Airedale club or the ability to raise funds on their own.  Often these groups are in areas of the country that have an enormous amount of Rescue Airedales needing help.  How can we help these groups still continue to Rescue Airedales and give them the medical help so many of them very often require before going on to their new homes?

If you have any ideas, please forward them to the Treasurer of National Airedale Rescue, Rusty LaFrance.  There is a huge need for rescue volunteers on all levels - in the trenches physically rescuing the dogs, good foster homes, transportation, interviewing and assessing potential homes, fundraising, both the creative side and the managerial side of fundraising.  All of these are ways YOU can contribute to Airedale Rescue.


Here are some great photos of the Quilt Display taken by Sheila Tay Radcliffe at last evening's ATCA Hospitality Room.  Thanks, Sheila, for the wonderful photos!  Thank you to Lori Taylor and Cindy Johnstonbaugh for bringing the Quilt Display to the Hospitality Room.  As you can see, that's a lot of work to set up and take down, plus driving several hours to and from the headquarters hotel and then standing on their feet for several hours! 

Lori Taylor and Cindy Johnstonbaugh w/"Straw Hat Girl" in foreground

"Leap Y'Aire"
"Dive Bombing Swallows"

"Table Runn-Aire"
"Aire Leaps Through the Seasons"

"Straw Hat Girl" winner, Cathy Gaidos with Lori Taylor
Rescue Banner and view of Quilt Display table

Quilt Tickets waiting to be drawn!
Linda Baake Jarvis mixing up tickets while
Lori Taylor observes

Linda Baake Jarvis picking the winning quilt ticket!

Lori Taylor announcing the winner!


"Leap Y'Aire" was won by
Donna Cardamone of Kent, OH

"Straw Hat Girl" made by Marianne Perry from a drawing by Patty Eisenbraun was won by
Cathy Gaidos of Manhattan, KS

"Dive Bombing Swallows" made by Karen Brown from a drawing by Mary Blood was won by
Lynn Mathers, Arlington, WA
"Table Runn-Aire" made by Carolyn Finlayson was won by
Helena Epstein, Pearl River, NY

"Aire Leaps Through the Seasons" made by Candy Kramlich was won by Charles W. Jones, III of Smyrna, GA

And the biggest winners of all, are the Rescue Airedales who will be helped by your donations! Thank you everyone who participated in this LAST Airedale Rescue Quilting Bee fundraiser.  It was a great way to end a 17-year run!


Last chance to get your quilt tickets tonight at the ATCA Hospitality Room of the headquarters hotel in Plymouth Meeting, PA. 

Lori Taylor will have the Quilt Display set up and will be taking donations for quilt tickets between 6 and 8 pm tonight. How great to be able to see "Leap Y'Aire" up close and in person!

The drawing for "Leap Y'Aire" and the 4 bonus wall hangings will take place at 8 PM at the end of the evening.  

This is the very LAST Airedale Rescue Quilting Bee Quilt.  It's the end of an era and a part of Airedale history. 

This year has been the most successful quilt fundraiser in it's 17-year history raising over $25,000 for National Airedale Rescue this year alone.  Thank you for supporting us all these years.

Check back tonight or tomorrow morning to learn who the quilt winners are.  If you donated for quilt tickets, it could be YOU!


There is just 1 MORE DAY until the Leap Y'Aire Quilt drawing takes place!  Lori Taylor and Cindy Johnstonbaugh will have the Quilt Display at the ATCA Hospitality Room in the headquarters hotel between 6 and 8 pm, tomorrow, Oct. 6th.  If you haven't gotten your quilt tickets yet or want to increase your odds by getting more, you can get them between 6 and 8 pm tomorrow. The actual quilt and wall hanging drawings will take place close to the 8 pm hour.

Stay tuned.  Once the winners have been notified, I will post the names of the winners on the blog and on Facebook.

Here are a couple of Arizona Rescues - from this to this pictures .- Curly, Sweetie Bird, Pancho and Polly




Only 3 DAYS until the Leap Y'Aire Quilt Drawing on Thursday, Oct. 6th! 

Lori Taylor and Cindy Johnstonbaugh will have the Quilt Display at the ATCA Hospitality Room between 6 and 8 PM Thursday evening. 

Anyone wishing to purchase quilt tickets may do so during that 2-hour window. Lori will draw the winning tickets for Leap Y'Aire and the 4 Bonus wall hangings at the end of Hospitality.