My name is Helen Arnold and I live in Calgary,
Alberta, Canada. I have been involved in Airedales for several years.
My main interest is breeding, showing and generally having a great time
with my dogs no matter what we do. I have participated in the Rescue
quilt almost since its inception. In the past, the squares I submit have
usually been designed by me and depict the natural behaviour of my dogs
in their home environment. However, I made a departure from that practice
this year and Gena Booher, of Airedale-L, was able to interpret my
idea and put it on paper and I thank her for doing such an incredible
job. My mentor is a Scottie breeder and we used to travel to
dog shows together. We would often have a couple of Scotties and a
couple of Airedales sharing our hotel room, an X-pen, etc. I wanted
to capture the special relationship that some of my dogs have had with some
of hers over the years.
I am fortunate to have a very talented
sister, Fran Mester, who lives in Edmonton and who does the actual sewing
and appliqué for me. Fran's biggest failing is the fact that she doesn't
own an Airedale! However, she does own Afghan hounds and we have a great
time together, whether sewing, scrap booking or going to dog shows. Fran
is a very creative person, a wonderful seamstress and very supportive of
all of my Airedale endeavours.
Fiber Artist: Helen Arnold
Artist: Gena Welch-Booher