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April 03, 2009
Sometimes when I got my brand new unopened copy of Quilter's Newsletter I would turn immediately to Loose Threads, but sometimes I would delay, and flick through the magazine savouring the moment when I would read Helen's (if I may) page. I never had the pleasure of meeting her, never exchanged a phone call or letter with her, but somehow I felt I knew her, and admired her - oh how I admired her! I must be one of thousands who wish they had met her. I cried when I heard of her death. My magazine is not so appealing now she is no longer in it, and I'm sure the world has a Helen shaped hole in it.
March 08, 2009
Dear Bill & family, and friends, too,

I learned belatedly of Helen's passing, and was so sorry to hear about it. We have lost a lovely, gifted, and courageous woman, and my heart goes out to you. I had the pleasure of knowing her for a while when I was filling in as pastor at North Como. I cherished our visits, and found her to be such a strong spirit, so bright and passionate, so generous. I came to her one day with a quilting question, and she pitched in, showing me exactly what I needed to do. She was a gem. You are all in my thoughts and prayers as you grieve her loss. I will remember Helen as someone who had weathered some storms, grown stronger, and lived fully until it was time to go. We are all joined and knit together, writes Paul in Ephesians 4, and I would add, in this life and beyond. Blessings to you all!
March 04, 2009
You, the family and all the quilting world has lost a genuine treasure. Whenever I got my Quilters Newsletter in the mail, I always turned immediately to her column and read it first. I felt like I was visiting with a long time friend. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you all
February 18, 2009
My heartfelt sympathy to Helen's family. Her humor, poignant insights to life and reflections on quilting will be sorely missed.
February 16, 2009
I was deeply saddened to learn recently of Helen's passing. I had never met her, but i did correspond with her once by email and was thrilled to get her reply. I read her column for many years in QNM and it was the column i always read first. I really felt i got to know her and her family reading it. She had such a great sense of humour! And she gave such wise and thoughtful advice.
Please remember that Helen will always be with us for as long and we remember and think lovingly of her. I for one will continue to do so. God bless you all in your grief and know that many others are praying for you on your journey of healing.
February 10, 2009
I was so saddened by this news...I've read and adored and looked forward to Helen's column ever since I started quilting in 1994. I am a bookkeeper for a sewing shop, and last year one of our customers dropped off her complete collection of QNM - how fun it was to read over Helen's column going back 20+ years! She was a treasure.
February 07, 2009
I never met Helen, but feel that she was one of my good friends. Her column was always the first thing I read in QN. I shall miss her beautiful, uplifting words. Please have her columns published in book form! Bless you all as you adjust to your loss.
February 04, 2009
How much everyone will miss Helen's wonderful columns. The wisdom, humor and compassion shown in her postings, much needed in today's world, leaves a sad void. My love, prayers and smypathy to her family.
February 01, 2009
I was saddened today as I was reading the Dec/Jan issue of Quilter's Newsletter and learned that Helen passed away. I sat for a long time and felt such a sense of loss. I loved her columns; they were one of the best parts of the magazine for me. She could capture a feeling, a moment or an image with such clarity and freshness. I will miss her terribly as we all know, she spoke to us about so much more than quilts, she spoke to us about life. I am so lucky to have been comforted and inspired by her words over the years. God Bless all of you in your time of loss.
January 31, 2009
I met Helen when she came over to do a Retreat in Liecestershire, England some years ago. I have never forgotton her, and she was indeed a lady.

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