We've all been up to various things, besides a lot of traveling and trying to keep cool, this summer. Patrice went on Gudrun Erla's trip to Iceland and had a ball! She got to see many things such as volcanoes, hot springs, glaciers, waterfalls, sheep, historic sights and on top of that try new food and sew with some locals. She also said how wonderful Gudrun was, not only as a sewing instructor, but as a tour guide. Good to know if anyone else has been interested in signing up for this trip!
Hasn’t this summer been fabulous? There have been highs and lows over here in Seward: smoke, grand weather, gardens going crazy, fishing, all things that can take away from our fabric and our favorite hobby. Just a couple of weeks ago, we learned that QH (Quilting Headquarters) will no longer operate out of the city’s annex building. Donna Glenz, when she was working upstairs in the old library for Community Development, spent many hours getting the dumping ground that had been the basement cleaned up, and was promised that we could use this area as our own.
I have to write this between quilting, gardening, working, and getting ready for company to come, so please bear with me! Our Homer group has also been busy doing fun things: Quilts of Valor, Quilts for Heroes, more teddy bear quilts (those tiny ones are addicting!), quilts for us (we deserve some every so often!), and other projects too. And that's not even counting gardening! Lorraine, Donna, Karrie, and Patrice were nice enough to show off some of the cool teddy bear quilts that have been recently made.
A treasure of 3D vessels created by machine embroidery made by Beth Blankenship will be on display at Bunnell Street Art Center in Homer in July. She is exploring how all earthly things are connected by the smallest threads and we as humans potentially alter these connections. Bunnell is open 11-6 Monday through Saturday and noon-4 Sunday.
Seward is gearing up for Summer - the cruise ships are in, people are walking all about town (sometimes with umbrellas), and our gardening season is off to a slow roll. Quilting slows a tad bit around here, but there are still plans for different things going on. Several of us will be attending the Guild sponsored classes, and truly looking forward to them! Of course, there are things going on at our local shop.
In January, while one of us was in Europe visiting friends (bad timing, oops!), we had the “9 Women/9 Quilts” show at the Homer Council on the Arts. Everyone said it was a great show and we hope you all were able to stop by while up here for the retreat. It showcased each row quilt done by 9 of us. It was great to see them all hung up together and to see the consistencies of everyone's style in their rows in each quilt.
We have once again picked up doing teddybear quilts for Haven House. The Emblem Club and the Lions Club donated money to buy teddybears, as we have (hopefully only temporarily) lost our source for teddybears. The ladies from Haven House came for a potluck lunch and did a nice presentation for us on how and where the teddybear quilts are used that we donate to them. We are happy to stay involved in this as there are many children of all ages in need up and down the Peninsula.
Our Halloween potluck was a hit. As you can see, we still managed to get some of quilting in!
We really haven’t had winter yet, but no one’s terribly upset. I swear, someone was mowing their lawn just before Thanksgiving!
Our group has been pretty busy, but some are like ravens distracted by something shiny. There’s Splendid Sampler, all things Elizabeth Hartman (penguins, arctic animals, and in January everyone will be making Swan Island). The swans will be a sew along.
While summer sees a slight reduction in our sewing ranks, we’ve still got quite a bit going on this summer.
The UFO party currently has 8 participants and could always use some more- you don't have to live in Seward. We completed 10 projects the first half of the year and our first month in July saw another 5 projects completed. Contact Heather Johnston, firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in knowing the particulars or joining.