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.
At this writing, I'm looking out the window at snow. We are coming off a couple of gloriously sunny days, where everyone in town was out walking their dogs, having a wonderful pre-spring break. People's perennials are even coming up! It is only March.
We decided to take a different approach to our newsletter article this quarter. Instead of telling you what we've been doing, we decided to talk about why we do it. What prompted this was a seemingly innocuous remark from my husband, who observed that I spend a lot of my time cutting up perfectly good fabric and sewing it back together. I had to admit he had a point.
Even though the weather outside is frightful (at this writing), all our thoughts have been turned inside to our fabric and what we can do to create new things. It was so inspiring to get together at Getting Ready for Christmas in Soldotna. Great day, really great projects, and good company. Thanks to all who participated, and thank you to you gals who supplied our lunch. VERY good! Seward has been so inspired with these Christmas ideas, that there was a get together this last Sunday in the basement of the old library.