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.
Between vacations and visitors we have been busy doing many things. Linda Wagner has been collecting fabric scraps from all of us to make dog and cat beds for the local animal shelter. The beds are given to the homeless animals and then sent home with them when they are adopted to help their transition into their new families. Luckily we all have a lot of scraps to help her out! Alice lent us her dog and her two grand-dogs for our photo. Big Mike, Kizzie, and Annie all enjoyed testing the dog beds!
To see incredible variety of quilts and wall hangings visit Soldotna from July 1-31 for the Kenai River Quilt Walk.
Passports can be picked up and returned at the Chamber office at 44790 Sterling Hwy or any of the participating businesses. Each of these businesses donates a prize worth $100 or more. To qualify for drawings you only have to get stamps from 12 of the businesses. If you are out of town and win a prize it will mailed it to you.
We all survived the annual Mother's Day show! I think I have finally recovered from not only my first attendance of one but also from being one of the two people in charge of the silent auction and cash & carry portion of the show. Elaine and I seemed to do pretty well, thanks to all the help from the previous coordinators, Carol and Charlene. Thanks again for all your help ladies!