Even though Seward Quilters have been slowing down on their stitching this summer, things are still ticking along. This last Sunday was the halfway mark through the yearlong UFO Contest. Becky Buchanan had the highest percentage completed at 60.9%. Diane Owens had the most projects completed at 6. Heather Johnston and Sharon Treece split the Voter’s Choice. There was food, visiting and laughter. Quite a number of quilters were in and out visiting.
It’s been a busy summer for the quilters of Homer! Not for me, I’m afraid; all I have accomplished is to keep our Siberian husky puppy alive after his daily attempts to consume every flower, weed, pinecone, rock, fat quarter, stuffed animal, piece of litter and dog he encounters, including a pair of sweaty gym socks and my two Wheaten terriers. Oh, I did finish a Pat Sloan “solstice” block of the week (one new block every Tuesday from winter solstice to summer solstice) and got it quilted and onto our guest bed in time for our last Lower 48 visitor of the season.
We held our 33rd annual quilt show on a gorgeous Mother's Day weekend at the Homer Elks lodge on May 13th and 14th. More than 300 people attended the show to see the 85 spectacular quilts on display. Hanging all 85 pieces was a bit of a challenge, as last year we had only 70 quilts in the show. But thanks to those 3M plastic "Velcro" picture hangers, we were able to hang several quilts on the walls.
Seward's season of quilting is hitting its seasonal slowdown period, so we won't be meeting every other Wednesday and alternating every other Sunday. However, there are exceptions, and they will be announced.
Seward has been busy with Baby Welcome Quilts, Rare Bear - Science Bears, and the latest has been lap quilts for the residents of Mountain Haven (our nursing home up on the hill). Heather worked up a very nice, quick pattern that fits the bill perfectly, and will be just the right size for a lap quilt for someone in a wheelchair, as well as for other circumstances.
It has been a busy season in Seward for quilting. Finally the group has gotten into a rhythm and are meeting 1st & 3rd Sundays and 2nd & 4th Wednesdays at the basement of the old Library.
There have been many giving opportunities that have brought positive feedback to the city (owner of the old library building). Besides a Baby Welcome wagon quilt count of 57 for 2016, there have been individuals in need who have received service quilts. There were a couple who showed their appreciation with cookies. Always a welcome treat!
Our annual retreat at Land’s End is one of my favorite weeks of the year. 2017 was no exception. I know I’m still a newbie in the group by Alaska standards (this is only my fourth winter), but I feel welcome and like I belong and going forward I don’t intend to ever miss the retreat if I can help it!
Our rooms at the Kachemak Community Center looked more like a textile factory than a quilting bee for a few weeks this fall as we tackled our stash of fabric, strips, blocks, and partially-to-fully-finished quilt tops as a group. Finished quilt tops were married to batting and pieced backs, measured, and packed with binding fabrics. Bags of orphan blocks became quilt tops. New quilt tops were designed; coordinating fabrics, blocks and strips were gathered, accepted or rejected, and sewn together. Some are still in process, but overall, about twenty quilt tops were made ready for quilting.
It’s almost time for all of us to turn our minds away from the garden, and start thinking of our poor neglected fabric! The last little road trip we took to Central Peninsula did not find the blue sky at the end of the rainbow. In fact, no rainbow! That’s okay. Those of us who live here aren’t bothered by a little rain. It just shuts one door and opens another.
We've had an active summer in Homer. While gardens, fishing, travel and houseguests made demands on our time, quilting remained a priority and we had several very lively Thursdays at the Kachemak Community Center. Just last week there were 24 of us sewing, pressing cutting, designing, knitting, eating lunch and chatting at the same time. Since a number of the Thursday quilters also attend the Monday evening group, I am going to guess the Monday quilters have stayed active and productive all summer as well.