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.
For some unknown reason spring came early and people have been hopping around doing their summer activities already. It's only June, and it's hard to get anyone to gather 'round and do anything! Our Wednesday night quilting died off to the point of no return, so it's shut down for the season, back when September rolls around. Some people are meeting on Wednesday's mid-day at Sew'n Bee Cozy. Sometimes we have projects or looking for help with a project, or just need to get something done, but many times we just meet for lunch. Nothing wrong with that!
The Kachemak Bay Quilters held their 32nd annual quilt show May 7-8 at the Elks Lodge in Homer. While attendance was not as high as years when the show coincides with the Shorebird Festival, there was a steady stream of visitors and a constant chorus of "oohs" and "ahhs" as viewers walked the show to identify their favorites and vote in the different categories.