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.
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.