Thursday, February 14, 2013


It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed. 
~ Napoleon Hill

Interdependent people combine their own efforts with the efforts of others 
to achieve their greatest success. 
~ Stephen Covey

The path to greatness is along with others.
 ~Baltasar Gracian

People have been known to achieve more as a result of working with others than against them. 
~Dr. Allan Fromme

Two heads are better than one. 
~Polish proverb

Nine months ago as my Pastor and his son walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain, the congregation was challenged to meet the call of God in their lives AND if we didn't know what that meant, the Pastor (wife and mother of the walkers) could surely tell us or help us find out. 

All I knew was that in nine months I would be turning 40 and I wanted a party because I love parties.  A BIG party! I also wanted to see all my quilts in one place and share them with others.

These seeds became the most wonderful and fulfilling experience I've had in a very long time.
Yes, we faced a potential blizzard on the day of the party to which I had invited over 100 friends and family. Yes, my family arrived or didn't as life took over and emergencies crept into my "plans." All is well and things worked out beautifully creating life-long memories for many.

On Thursday evening, my local quilt guild was invited to see my quilts and share in this exciting online auction opportunity as I began the bidding on 15 pieces to benefit two of my favorite charities. Friday, with Winter Storm Nemo brewing, we moved the party up two hours and had a wonderful showing of family friends, mommy group friends, old friends, new friends, church and quilting friends all with my family for the best party and dessert reception ever. (Next time, I will save myself a cannoli, however!). Then on Sunday, the church community came to admire and experience the quilts.

One week later and with this post, I end the official bidding on the 15 pieces.  Below is the list of winners. (I will contact you each personally about your piece and how to write your checks to the charities.) The response of all my communities has been overwhelming. I am surrounded with love and thrilled that I have raised over $1760 with this auction and with gifts for my causes. 

Truly this experience became a huge group effort as we all have given beyond ourselves. I am grateful to those of you who donated their art or their skills to help me on the quilting side, those who provided space and encouragement for the show, my family who loves me as they face one more quick and easy meal because "Mommy is quilting again," to all who have been motivated to bid on these pieces, and all who have given donations in my honor. 

I truly believe the words of Helen Keller, "Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much."

"Modern yellow quilt"  ( 65 x 80 inches)
Pieced by LRMakrin, Machine Quilted by Eileen McCabe
Final bid $150   (K.Sheehan)

"Baby Goes Modern Blue" (44 x 51 inches)
Pieced by LRMakrin, Machine Quilted by  Diane Podesva.
Final bid $75 (R. Nichols)

"Window on A Marmalade Sky" (51 x 68 inches)
Pieced and Machine Quilted by LRMakrin
Final bid $100 (D. Ackner)

"Tropical Twister" (52 x 60 inches)
Pieced by LRMakrin, Machine Quilted by  Kathie Lutz 
Final bid $200 (J. Berry)
"Twister Table Runner" ( 15 x 33.25 inches)
 Pieced and tied by Lucille Makrin
Final bid $45 (D. Carpenter)

"Sea Shell Table Runner" (14.75 x 40.75 inches)
Pieced and Machine Quilted by LRMakrin
Final bid $125 (A.V Musick)

"Purple Batik Table Runner" (15 x 45inches)
Pieced and Machine Quilted by LRMakrin
Final  bid $75 (A. Atchley)

"Patchwork Twirly Dress" (McCall's Pattern 6497)
Little Girl Size 8
by Sara Musick
Final bid $45 (L. DeAngelus)

"Gray Twill Dress" (Simplicity Pattern 2392)
Size 12-18 months
"Pink Rose Jacket" (Simplicity Pattern 4384)
Size 12 months
by Sara Musick
Final bid $35 (L. Reynolds)

"Whirligig"  (Miniature 8.25 x 9.75 inches)
by Lee Poremba
Final bid $60 (K. Greenwold)

Red "Half Moon Bay" tote bag (15.5 x 15.5 x 3)
Created by LRMakrin with blocks from Kathleen Heintzman Morris.
Final bid $60 (W. Carpenter)

"Everyone Forgets that Icarus Also Flew"   (18.75 inches by 21 inches)
by Kathryn Greenwold
Final bid $100 (L. Willoughby)

"Mini Winter Twister" (Miniature 15.5 inches square)
Pieced and Machine Quilted by LRMakrin
Final Bid $35 (B. Peterson)

"Squiggle" (9 x 12 inches)
by LRMakrin
Final bid $100 (D. Horstkotte)
"Crazy Blue" (9 x 12 inches)
by LRMakrin
Final Bid $30 (C. Molyneaux)

Monday, February 4, 2013

The Final Pre-Auction Pieces

“You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes 
only if you generously consent to share them.”
  Albert Camus 

It is with such great joy that I share the final five pieces for my 40th Birthday Extravaganza online charity auction which begins on Thursday, Feb.7th and runs until February 21st. 

The charities to benefit include:
                 Fowler Camp and Conference Center ( and
an organization whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research for Alzheimer's disease.

Please see the two previous posts about the other 10 pieces in this auction.
If you have any interest in these pieces or any of the others, please contact me at Pre-bidding is welcome and encouraged.

"Squiggle" (Miniature 9 x 12 inches)
Pieced and Machine Quilted by LRMakrin

"Mini Winter Twister"  (Miniature 15 1/2 inches square)
Pieced and Machine Quilted by LRMakrin

 "Purple Batik Table Runner" (15 x 45 inches)
Pieced and Machine Quilted by LRMakrin

"Sea Shell Table Runner" (14 3/4 x 40 3/4 inches)
Pieced and Machine Quilted by LRMakrin

"Crazy Blue" (9 x 12 inches)
Finished by LRMakrin

With deep gratitude for all with whom I walk through life,