Minot, ND quilter - long
I have finally gotten in touch with a member who used to be active here on the quilting forum. Some of you will remember that Lynn and her guild are involved with auctioning quilts for breast cancer that a military base puts on every year in Minot, ND. She has given me permission to post about her. Her email was really long so I'll post parts of it.
I am fine (high and dry). Unfortunately, I can not say that for the rest of Minot and my guild members.
The pictures that you see on the national news do not do justice of what we are experiencing. I personally had the chance to get to the water's edge this past weekend.... The "thunder" of the river rolling through was like Niagara Falls. Standing at the hesco barriers and looking down streets and seeing the water 6, 8 and even 10 feet deep with places we go under water was unbelievable! My husband and I then went to one of the Red Cross shelters...I can only say "how depressing." It truly was heart breaking and really hit home that it could have been me or one of my friends.
As for quilting friends, I know that some have not been as fortunate as myself. We are a guild of approximately 150 and typically have 70 at our monthly meetings. When the mandatory evacuation order was given, a quilting friend called me at work and said "I don't know what to do. I don't know where to begin." I told her we were on the way and my husband and I immediately left work and started moving as much as we could out of her house. In no time, we had a crew of about 7 guys bringing things up from the basement and loading things into the back of pick up trucks, flat bed trailers and horse trailers. In 24 hours, we had her 3 bedroom house just about cleared out. Her entire house is currently in my garage. Unfortunately, her house did not fair so well and the had water up to the eves of the roof. I believe her house will be one in the 20 percent condemed.
....when she called me at work in tears, I told her that while she waited for help to arrive, she needed to try to focus on gathering those things that were important to get out of the house! That was when she told me one of the first things that went into her car were her two sewing machines. A true quilter! So now you have 6 guys scurrying around, getting things moved out of her house. One guy (and fellow quilter) goes immediately to the sewing room and starts packing up her stash of fabric, because that is what we quilters do...save the fabric first!
Just a bit more background about our guild. We host a three day festival every March with a quilt show of more than 250 quilts and classes being taught all weekend (usually offering over 20 classes for the weekend). We typically bring in two national teachers and in 2010 we had Mark Lipinski and 2011 Sally Schidner. Both have been in contact with us and have asked "how can we help" which is so very gracious.
Lynn said she would be sending me updates. If any of you who remember Lynn would like to read her entire email, let me know and I'll forward it to you.
Having a basement flooded (I've experienced this a few times) is nothing compared to what many of the Minot quilters are experiencing.