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August 05, 2013
I miss dear Helen so often as I quilt in my sewing room. Her picture is there with her words of wisdom. She stayed with me for the last Minnesota Quilt Show that she attended in Rochester and we went to the dinner together. The picture that I look at was at that occasion. I miss her and her wonderful words of wisdom, her kindness and her sense of humor. Rest in peace dear, dear Helen - you are missed!
August 04, 2013
I was recently given a large stack of quilting magazines, including The Quilters Newsletter - most issues between 1973 and 2003. I intended to quickly browse them before passing them on to more serious quilters - but I had to pause at each one to read Helen Kelley's column. Her sense of humor, her wisdom reached out to me. I wanted to tell her how much her columns meant to me and was devastated to learn of her death. Her words will live on. Thank you, Helen, for that.
September 16, 2010
It's been two years as of September 1st 2010 since Helen moved on to her next great adventure. She has been missed. Recently another great quilt legend and a fellow Honoree in The Quilters Hall of Fame has joined Helen as of September 4th. Bonnie Leman who gave Helen the opportunity to share her wonderful sense of humor and legendary writing with all of us in her column "Loose Threads". That makes five TQHF Honorees who have passed on in the past three year, including Shiela Betterton, Helen's dear friend from Bath, England; Mary Schafer of Michigan and Cuesta Benberry of St. Louis. All left their indelible mark on the late 20th century quilt revival. What gifts they all left us! Thank you again Kelley family for sharing Helen with us for so long!
September 04, 2010
Dear Kelley Family,

I still grieve the loss of this most memorable woman. I also still laugh when I read her stories. And, my heart still remembers her kindness, as she took time from her busy schedule to write me a thank you note for sending her a willow tree quilt figurine. I wanted to send this as a symbol of thanks to her for always lifting my confidence and uplifting my spirits. I did not grow up with anyone in my family teaching me the love of quilting. Through her writings, Helen, in essence, was my mentor.

Also, I will forever cherish the block she made and sent to me and I am sure she will look down from heaven to cheer me on as I incorporate it into a quilt honoring her.

She was generous with her time and love for others. She made it evident that the threads of love hold hearts together.

Helen will always be remembered and live in my heart. I will always think of her when I see the birch trees too.

Thank you for always being such an incredible and supportive family to her and for honoring her memory while celebrating her life.

Wishing you peace and fond memories.


Shannon Nay
August 09, 2010

Dear Kelley Family,
It is so touching that you are letting people express their thoughts and feelings about your mother in pen.

Her thoughts and feelings made me laugh, kept me focused on living with a joy-full attitude. I read through all the old QNMs all the time, and her article is the part I savor the most.

I would have loved to quilted and had a cup of coffee with this remarkable woman.

I am truly sorry for your loss and the loss her absence leaves on the worlds of many.


Vicky Fueyo
August 01, 2009
Dear Kelley Family
Some time ago I read your Guest Book after reading of Helen's death and was inspired to get our all my old QNMs and reread her wonderful words. She has made me laugh, smile and cry, and inspired me to achieve new heights in my own work. When I put the last magazine down I lay on my bed and sobbed - for all of us, for all our losses and griefs. But I know that Helen would have said - I never met or had any contact with her - that sorrow is a part of life and it makes us appreciate the good times in our lives.

She was a wonderful person and I, for one, will not forget her. I am sorry for your loss.
July 31, 2009
It is just a little over a year ago that Helen was inducted into the Quilters Hall of Fame. While attending the Quilters Hall of Fame this year it bought wonderful memories of Helen being there last year. To see her stand there with humility as they put the medal around her neck showed her true self. She did not think of herself as a fantastic quilter, loving mom, dear spouse, and giving person to each of us. I miss her as a friend, and quilt expert. The fantastic personal attention she gave to questions, and her answers of wisdom are sorely missed. Love and will always remember you, Helen.
July 29, 2009
Helen remains a living part of my quilting world through her books and articles that I have lovingly saved over the years. I treasure a hard copy of an email she sent me years ago. What a delightful inspiration!
April 17, 2009
I heard about Helen's death from another quilter, and was so sad to know she is gone! Gone but NOT forgotten! I loved Helen's column for years and years! I became a quilter in 1975, and read her column from the early 80's until I quit getting QNM last year....sorry I didn't find out until recently that she had died. I felt like she was my friend, and sometimes I felt like she said just what I thought about a project or life. I bought her book "Joy of Quilting" about four months ago, and after enjoying every page and every word, bought four more copies to give as gifts to my most special quilting friends. I send my hugs to all of you in her family. What a wonderful person she was, her great soul and personality shone through in each column she wrote. Thanks to Helen for all the wonderful quilting memories! Suzette Shoulders, Oregon
April 07, 2009
Dear Kelley Family,
From the first time I read Loose Threads in Quilter's Newsletter it was my favorite. Helen Kelley wrote with kindness, wisdom, and caring. She is missed by so many of us who never knew her except for her writings. I am sorry for your loss.

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