Greetings from the Eastern Peninsula! We’ve all grown webbing between our toes, and some of us have the faint beginning of gills! That might just be shadow. To say we’ve had a slow start to spring may just be an understatement. While we usually get our hummingbirds in late April, the little tykes didn’t show up until close to Mother’s Day weekend. Enough about our troubles - we’ll turn that frown into a smile and grow rice in the paddies that have formed! OR cranberries in the bogs! Stand by for more news on that front…
Sometimes making a piece incorporating experiences, found objects, ideas and intuition is a wonderful creative experience. The Kenai Fine Art Center will be having the 2018 Art Quilt Exhibit in August. The piece is defined as 3 layers attached, made in the last 2 years, and limited to 20 square feet. More details will be shared in the near future.
The last few months have been busy for Seward. In January we had a local retreat at Seward Resort, with surprisingly quite a number of attendees. A few of our regulars were outside at a longarm class, having a whopping good time. February saw a number of us in Homer, enjoying the Guild’s Retreat. That event is always a must, it gives us a chance to catch up a bit with our friends from afar, and learn what everyone is pushing under their needles. Beautiful works!! We are having another local retreat in March around Seward’s Day weekend, and it’s almost full.
So here we are heading toward spring already. The quilt retreat has ended, and I'm sure we have all recovered by now or are hoping we will soon! We'd like to thank the women from Seward who organized these past three retreats. We hope our next three years will be just as successful! We have already started brainstorming and working on ideas for next year.
Since winter is upon us, we’re really hopping along with quilting. We had a local retreat in October at the Seward Resort, and had a nice sized group. In fact, Katt Shipe came from Montana, Pam Bivens from Wasilla, and Patty Nyholm from Anchorage. There were a good number of new members, and it was quite a bit of fun. Good times were had by all!
Our group has been quite busy, as usual, as summer has drawn to an end, and a very sunny fall has arrived. Karrie's trip to the State Fair in Palmer to drop off quilts for several local quilters was well worth the trip, as she, Linda, and Enid all won ribbons. Linda's “Green Dragon,” Karrie's “Rising Tide,” and Enid's “Mary Angeline” all won blue ribbons. Several others were also entered. Congrats ladies!
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.