October/November 2010 Montanasaurus Rex photo by Rhonda Lee
Vol 27 No 1
Great Falls Quilter Lisa Maki’s Stitches Take Less Time By Bernice Karnop Lisa Maki of Great Falls made her first quilt in April 2005. Two months later, she published her first quilt pattern. Today, she and her quilts appear on PBS television and at quilt shows around the nation. In addition to a dozen patterns, she sells an instructional DVD about her quick and easy technique and pre-cut kits for quilts, table runners, placemats, wall hangings, and more. How did she accomplish this? She began with
a technique that takes the ancient craft of quiltmaking into the future by making it quick and easy. “That’s what the world is coming to,” she says, “because we’re all running out of time.” Lisa’s simpler technique makes quilting accessible to a generation of folks who do not have time to quilt the old-fashioned way. Brand new quilters are drawn into the fold, and grandparents can sit down with youngsters and turn out a colorful project before the kids lose interest. “Instant gratification is the word I use in my explanation of the technique,” says Lisa. The Quilt-N-Go™ technique bypasses much of the measuring, lining up, and pinning on that goes with traditional quilt piecing. The quilter simply takes cut fabric squares, lines them up on the printed grid of an interfacing product, and irons them down using a pressing sheet. The fabric adheres to the interfacing. Then she sets sashing strips between the squares and irons them to the interfacing. Just like that, they are ready to sew. She folds the interfacing between
the squares and strips and stitches between the blocks with a sewing machine to produce a quilt top with perfectly lined up blocks. Unlike many quilters, Lisa did not learn to sew from her mother. However, her mom taught her something that may be even more important - to finish what you start. She provided her daughters with a sewing machine and bought enough fabric for one project. Only when that project was completed would she purchase more fabric. The lesson carries over decades later. “When I start something, I finish it,” Lisa states. You can read the story of how she made her first quilt on her web site, www.crookednickle.com. Looking back, she realizes that she entered the fabric store seeking solace over the loss of a close friend. She bought two packets of five by five inch squares and found out she could iron them on to Pellon® backing to make a quilt. When she finished that project, she went back for two more packets of squares and made the second quilt. “The comfort and warmth of the fabric helped me through the grieving for my best friend,” Lisa says. The Crooked Nickel name for her designs came from the five inch squares, which some call nickels. They are crooked because they are turned to make diamonds, set “on point” instead of being set square. (Continued on page 66)
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Assisted Suicide Debate Continues The June/July issue included a full page ad on page 3 entitled “Physician-Assisted Suicide… Choice or False Promise.” Who sponsored and paid for that ad? What is your policy about advertisements that do not list a sponsor? Thank you very much, David Leuthold Molt ED: We accept advertising from those who do not identify themselves in their ads.
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As an oncologist, I strive to take care of my patients while I am treating them and as they approach the end of their life. This is why I support our Montana Supreme Court’s decision affirming privacy for our end-of-life medical choices. The decision reached in Baxter is enormous because it confirms that a suffering and terminally ill patient can legally request a life-ending medication from his or her physician. Patients who are terminally ill are understandably fearful of their future and the potential for pain and suffering. Palliation, or the treatment of pain, can be done very well and meets the needs of most patients. But there remains a small group of patients who cannot be palliated and who continue to suffer. In the past, fear of prosecution was great enough to stop physicians from providing aid
in dying even if they felt it was the right thing to do. Physicians often were caught in medical and ethical dilemmas because they felt that they were not fulfilling their obligation to the patient to help relieve their suffering. The end of life experience of each person is unique, very private, and very personal. To be there as a physician at this most intimate time is very special. When the proper criteria for helping a patient in that situation are met, it is neither right nor appropriate for any other group or party to disagree with what has happened there, in the privacy of that home. Montanans are not only independent but thoughtful, and we believe in privacy. The Baxter decision confirms a terminally ill patient’s right to choice, privacy, and dignity at the end of life. Our Legislature should respect the Supreme Court’s decision and preserve the patient’s choice, while providing safeguards to ensure that a free and informed decision can be made, and that physicians who honor those choices are protected. Stephen Speckart, M.D. Missoula When the Montana Supreme Court decided I have a choice on how I am allowed to die, I became hopeful. I have been living with brain cancer for eight years. I want to keep living. However, when my time is near, I want the peace of mind that comes from knowing I have options. Years ago, I was feeding the cows and calves on our ranch, carrying a hay bale in the fields, when I passed out. There was snow on the ground then, and I remember waking up wondering what had happened. My wife took me to the hospital, and
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Look Out For Canadian Scams A scam is rampant from Canada to the United States. A male caller states that he is your grandchild or friend. He has made an unexpected trip to Canada and is under arrest. Bail money or costs for auto repair need to be wired through Western Union, ASAP. Aware of people having been scammed out of thousands of dollars, I was hesitant to hang up when contacted recently by my “grandson.” His “Canadian lawyer” gave me his cell phone number to enable my return call when I had secured $2000 to wire to him. The local police detective was unconcerned and advised me to not file a complaint. The Canadian police never returned my call. Eventually, I located my grandson (after working until three in the morning, he disconnects his phone). Published August 11, 2010 in the Clark Fork Valley Press was the same Canadian scam, different story. July 15, 2010, Moab, Utah: a restaurant owner, concerned for a stranded employee, wired $800 to Canada. His employee was home in bed. Why are these crooks not arrested? Cathi Flynn Noxon
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