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I took a quilt workshop hosted by our Santa Rosa Quilt Guild featuring Cindy Needham (cindyneedham.com)teaching us about her Linen Ladies and what can be done with vintage linens that may be just to delicate to survive. She help to demystify her magic salvaging these treasures and shared her enthusiasm so we were all hooked as well. I’ll try to get a piece done and in the store to show how “ooo-ahh” quilts can be made. It has me looking at our vintage lace and linens in a whole new way.

Estate donations at the Legacy will sometimes cover decades of someone collecting fabric, trim, books, yarn or patterns. This week we received 17 leaf-bags of silk and cloisonne cottons, sashiko embroidered indigo cotton, etc., etc, from the estate of Joanne Newcomb, Eastwind Art. That arrived Monday, went out Tuesday AM, some remains but the pile has greatly diminished. It went out at $6/lb. In addition to that donation, we have received several estate donations from quilters. Fabric has been the flavor of the week! We have so much quilters’ cotton there isn’t enough room to put it out! So it will be coming out as the piles, baskets and bins diminish! $2/lb, our usual…I was actually dreaming of being under a pile of fabric and couldn’t get out of bed! I think I woke up with a fabric hangover, apparently it IS possible. And still no 12-step program for fabricolics. We just don’t have remorse. Especially at the Legacy where the $$ go to a good cause. I must say I did feel like a drug dealer calling her junkies. “Hey, I just got some of the good stuff-its the kind”. The volunteers have worked very hard to keep sorting the carloads of fabric, notions and craft supplies. 4 sewing machines sold this week, the knitting machines have not. We had so much fun today…Come check us out

Who we are today.

My name is Sherry and I am the Store Manager of The Legacy. With the work of 50 volunteers, the Legacy thrives as a community gathering place. These volunteers are receiving donations, sorting, pricing, and perpetually organizing what we have. At the same time, they are a wealth of knowledge with skills and experience in all aspects of art/needlework. That would include garment making, quilting, doll-making, knitting/crochet, etc. etc. I could say we usually have over 100 years of needleart experience at the store on most days! If we can’t help problem solve, we put it to the customers and they are a wealth of knowledge. I have said, I couldn’t meet more amazing artists in a day if I were working an artist convention! We do know that West Sonoma County has ALOT of artists…well, those savvy people shop the Legacy!

Once upon a time there lived a talented woman named Bess.   She lived in a large house in the City.   Her children had grown up and left home. Bess started to collect and sell antiques. This did not satisfy her creative talent. She started buying a few fabrics and patterns an made things for her grandchildren. Everyone told her how beautiful her handiwork was, and urged her to share her crafted items with the world. So she did.

Everyday and into the night she sat at her sewing machine and made bibs,  place mats,  napkins,  fancy t-shirts,  aprons, wall hangings,  and more.   She was a happy woman.

On weekends she would pack up all that she had made and sell them at craft shows.   With the money she got,  she could buy more material to make more things to sell.   Friends made at the craft shows shared their secrets about where fabric bargains were to be found.   What a thrill it was to find good buys!

Years came and went and the cycle of buying and selling went on and on.   The fabric remnants from projects and the bolts of fabric that weren’t quite right but not returned began to stack up.   Banker’s boxes filled with “left-overs” mingled with her French Provincial decor.   The extra four bedrooms in the house were filled.   The family room was the next to be converted to storage. Hallways and stairways became narrow paths as space became more and more of a premium.

After many years of happy sewing and selling, Bess’ health began to fail, and suddenly she was gone.

Months later the family decided to donate a portion of her fabric and craft collection to the Sebastopol Senior Day Services Program.  This was in 1995.   Beverly Martin, was the Coordinator of the program for frail elders in Sebastopol. Ms. Martin, together with her finance Committee, identified this gift as a legacy that could create an ongoing fund raising opportunity in the community of Sebastopol.

The miracle of The Legacy has been fostered and supported by members in the community as they donate needed items such as a cash register, fabrics, craft items, and their time to staff the store.

Bess’s legacy to the Sebastopol Senior Center is a gift that the entire community of Sebastopol can celebrate. This was the seed of a Legacy large enough to create the miracle of a new Senior Center that is large enough to serve the growing number of people who need and want to use it.

People are talking – and it’s all good! Read this article about us on the blog Craft Leftovers .

And some of our other great reviews from Yahoo! Local and Tribe.net .

Thanks for spreading the news about us! This is one secret we don’t mind people sharing!