Helen Longfield Kelley


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Kelley, Helen Longfield Quilter, Author, Teacher Age 81 of Mpls, MN Died Sept 1, 2008. Magnificent wife of 60 years to husband, Bill. Preceded in death by parents Reynolds and Helen Longfield; brother Reynolds; son William. Survived by husband, Bill; sister, Nancy (Dana) Rotman; daughters Helen...

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I have just finished Helen Kelley's book, Every Quilt Tells a Story. What a treasure she was and what a beautiful, positive outlook on life she had. I found pictures of her quilts online, truly amazing. My own mother passed away in 2001 so I know the loss never goes away, but I hope there is joy in knowing that Helen's words and laughter found in her writing, continue to influence quilters who never met her. I feel like I have known her and she will definitely be in my mind as I make my own...

I've just discovered you, and now I find you're no longer here with us. May your new life bring you joy as you've brought joy and encouragement to others. Keep stitching...

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!

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.

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...

Helen's sweet handi-work to a favorite fan

Helen's thank you to me for thanking her. What a thoughtful woman she was!

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...

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...