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.


Don't forget that you can still get your quilt tickets IN PERSON, on Thursday, Oct. 6th between 6 and 8 PM at the ATCA Hospitality Room in the headquarters hotel in Plymouth Meeting, PA.  Lori Taylor will be there with the Leap Y'Aire Quilt and the 4 bonus wall hangings:

"Straw Hat Girl" made by Marianne Perry from a drawing by Patty Eisenbraun, measures 13.5" square

"Dive Bombing Swallows" made by Karen Brown from a drawing by Mary Blood  measures 37.75" wide x 32.5" long

"Table Runn-Aire" made by Carolyn Finlayson measures 19.5" x 51"

"Aire Leaps Through the Seasons" made by Candy Kramlich measures approx. 24.5" x 25"


Online ticket donations have closed, but there will be in-person ticket donations accepted on Thursday, Oct. 6th at the ATCA Hospitality Room in the headquarters hotel between 6 and 8 PM. The Quilt drawing will take place at the end of the evening. So stay tuned and check the Quilt Blog or the Airedale Rescue Quilting Bee Facebook page to find out who won.  I will post the names of the Leap Y'Aire winner and the bonus wall hanging winners either that evening or the next day once Lori Taylor calls me with the results.

I just want to take the time to thank the Bee members who worked so hard to make the 2016 Airedale Rescue Quilt and Fundraiser come to fruition and those folks who generously donated items to be used for the Early 'Dale Drawings. And I can't forget the adopters and regional rescue groups that shared the Rescue stories and photos. They all contributed to making the 2016 Airedale Rescue Quilt Fundraiser a success! And I want to thank the AireForce, who for 2 months of the Quilt Blog and online ticket donations, kept us ahead of last year and at the end of the online portion, stepped up and in 2 days rallied and helped us reach our goal.  It was truly amazing to watch it unfold.  Words cannot express our gratitude to you all for your generosity.

Artists: Patty Eisenbraun,  Jane Miller, and Linda Hobbet
Fiber Artists (Blocks): Linda Bell, Karen Brown, Brenda Clare, Sharon DeBoer, Jeanne Esmond, Jeannette Grantner, Pam Jones, Carol Palmer, Marianne Perry, Sue Senerchia, Lori Taylor, Eileen Tedesco
Bonus Wall Hangings:  Karen Brown,
 Carolyn Finlayson, Candy Kramlich and Marianne Perry
Top Assembly: Sharon DeBoer
Machine Quilting: Sandy Lachowski
Quilt Label: Rebecca Eash
Final Assembly: Sharon DeBoer

Incentives Coordinator:  Virginia Slowik
Donation Processing: Eileen Tedesco & Sidney Hardie
Blog: Candy Kramlich with the wonderful help of Sidney Hardie and Lydia Ross
Montgomery Marketing: Lori Taylor

Internal Bee Website:  Holly Coes Harris
Slide Show Video: Jean Seibert
Steering Committee: Sharon DeBoer, Rebecca Eash, Candy Kramlich, Lydia Ross and Lori Taylor  - all helped to move the process along
Snail Mail Ticket Master:  Sidney Hardie
Ticket Master Extraordinaire (Online Sales):  Eileen Tedesco
Thank You Cards:  Lydia Ross

Early 'Dale Incentive Donors (in alphabetical order):
Ann Curran (Ragtail)
Barbara Curtis/New England Airedale Rescue
Henry Curtis (Hunting Henry)
Sharon DeBoer
Carol Fitch Domeracki (Anything Airedale)
Jeanne Esmond
Maryellen Estes
Dianna Fielder
Cheryl Fritz
Rebecca Gillmore (Collaration)
Delia Hardie
Tara Hirjak
Wendy Hodgson (MudPups)
Candy Kramlich
Denise Lucas
Sandra J. Merwin
Jane Miller
Ursula Obermann
Lydia Ross
Sue Senerchia
Virginia Slowik
Terry Stevens
Lori Taylor
Michelle Toland
Jan Williams (Arctic Aire)



The results are in this morning for the last Incentive drawing, Early 'Dale No. 9.  Congratulations!  We are all winners in this online incentive drawing - we surpassed our goal for the fundraiser yesterday. On the LAST day for online ticket donations, we raised $4,425!  That is so amazing and I am in awe of the power of the AIREForce.  What a fantastic job by the entire Airedale community, who have generously supported this fundraiser for two months and really came through to push us to our goal and beyond yesterday!

No. 9-1 Playbow Mudpup made and donated by Wendy Hodgson
Winner:  Ann Cosgrove

No. 9-2 Airedale Poses Throw donated by Denise Lucas
Winner:  Lisa Panno

No. 9-3 Framed Airedale Print "Sully" made and donated by Jane Miller
Winner:  Judy Luckett

No. 9-4 Scarf with "Dog on Wheels", artwork by Ann Curran, printed by Jan Williams, donated by both
Winner:  Barbara Bonfield

No. 9-5 Large Airedale Trio Frame donated by Delia Hardie
Winner:  Martha Calligan

And a HUGE round of applause and THANKS to Eileen Tedesco, our online ticket master, who has been kept very busy these past 2 months processing your donations and you really had her hopping yesterday!  Thank you, Eileen, for taking on this Herculean job again this year.  I think it is the hardest Bee job of all and you've stepped up each year that I've been a member of the Bee to handle it.


The $25,000 Milestone Incentive, "Airemoon", goes to Patty Eisenbraun of Bloomfiled, MI. Her donation put us at the $25,000 mark. Congratulations, Patty! 

The unofficial total of online quilt ticket donations is $25,295.48. Pinky is doing the Airedale scoot in the living room as I type and I'm crying from joy. I am in AWE of the power of the AireForce. 

Unofficially, today's donations totaled $4,420! That is an amazing job! This morning we asked you to donate a little more to help us reach our goal and you did it! Lydia Ross had faith all along that it could be done; I was hoping we would reach it but not entirely optimistic that it was possible. You proved me wrong. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Look what we ALL accomplished together for our beloved Airedales in need in just 2 months time, but today especially.

I will announce the Early 'Dale No. 9 incentive drawing results probably tomorrow or Sunday. From my reckoning, Eileen Tedesco has 844 ticket stubs to fill out before she can do the Early 'Dale drawing so please be patient.  That's a lot of ticket stubs for one person to process in a day!  I don't envy her that job.  I think she has the hardest job of the entire fundraiser and she does it exceptionally well and we are very blessed to have her volunteer each year and do this job every day for two months without a break.  

Stay tuned for the Early 'Dale No. 9 Incentive Winners in the next day or so.



The $25,000 Milestone winner is Patty Eisenbraun of Bloomfield, MI!  Congratulations, Patty!

And don't forget, there is still a $25,000 Milestone Incentive for the person whose donation puts us at $25,000.  
TONIGHT concludes online donations for quilt tickets.  IN PERSON TICKET DONATIONS can only be made on Thursday, Oct. 6th between 6 and 8 PM at the ATCA Hospitality Room in the headquarters hotel. Lori Taylor will be there with the Quilt Display - Leap Y'Aire, and the 4 Bonus wall hangings.

Please note that the drawing for the 2016 quilt, Leap Y'Aire, and the four bonus wall hangings, will take place on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 before 8 PM at the ATCA Hospitality Room of the Headquarters Hotel, the Hyatt House in Plymouth Meeting, PA. This will end the 2016 Fundraiser.



NO. 9-3  PRINT - "SULLY"



This is also the LAST year of the Airedale Rescue Quilting Bee and the Airedale Rescue Quilts. It's been a long, long run (1999 - 2016) and we've had fun creating unique fabric works of art for the benefit of National Airedale Rescue. A huge thank you to all those who participated in the Quilts over the years and those whose donations made the the quilt fundraisers so successful. You made it possible for National Airedale Rescue to help so many Airedales for the past 17 years. Not including this year's fundraiser, the Quilting Bee has raised $222,540 since 1999 through Oct. 2015.



Her generous donation this afternoon put the Quilt Blog thermometer over $20,000!  I recognized her name - I placed Winston, a Rescue Airedale with Judy and her husband back in the 1995 when I coordinated Airedale Rescue for Metrolpolitan New York.  They kept the tradition going by adopting 2 more Rescue Airedales over the years - Clio in 2004 from Cheryl Silver of Texas Airedale Rescue Team and again in 2014 when they adopted Duncan from Jan Wiles of Oklahoma Airedale Rescue.

The Sandra Merwin Orginal Mixed Media Painting, "Loving Aire" will be going to it's new home with the Lucketts.


GRIFFIE is 12 years young this September. We are extremely GRATEFUL to everybody at NAR for the help with the ongoing medical maintenance of some of Griffie's issues (limping, anxiety and digestive). 

However, the most profound intervention and help from NAR/Senior Fund was given to us in early 2016. In January 2016, as we were getting ready for Greg's Melanoma surgery, Griffie suffered a sudden and unexpected onset of a Glaucoma, an ocular tumor that later did burst, and a loss of vision in his left eye. It all happened overnight, a day before our trip to the UC San Francisco for Greg's surgery. We rushed Griffie to the vet and were given quite a handful of medications to try to control his condition and pain. An eye removal surgery was scheduled the soonest possible. 

However, in the meantime, a mass that Griffie had on his left shoulder for a few years now, that we were monitoring closely, has started growing very fast, and oozing. Another trip to a vet, an aspiration and we decided that removal of this mass was a priority, given a speed at which it grew. Surgery #1 was a success. Ten days later, when Griffie was strong enough to endure the second surgery, we took him to an Animal Eye Clinic specializing in eye surgeries and yet again, it was a success and Griffie was under the anaesthesia significantly less time than expected, and the good news was that the tumor was all contained within the eye and therefore was removed completely, so was his left eye. Griffie since has healed beautifully and now goes by the name of Griffie-The-One-Eyed-Pirate-Captain.

Both surgeries, and all the medical intervention, and Griffie's life today were all made possible thanks to financial help from NAR/Senior Airedales Fund, for which we are deeply and endlessly GRATEFUL. THANK YOU!!! In that last picture Griffie wishes to offer his Kisses to all who helped and love him. 

The Shubins: Nata, Pa Greg and Griffie (and the ABC Team at the Rainbow)

Nata makes beautiful jewelry and donates to the National Airedale Rescue Senior Fund from every sale.  Please check out her pieces at Etsy: