I’m snugly busy in my quilting studio this week, working on charity quilts and Christmas presents. I don’t have the holiday spirit yet, but I certainly feel the sense of urgency. October went by in a flash and a glance at the calendar tells me November is going to go even faster.
The Homer quilters have been busy again this quarter. We said goodbye to a few of our snowbirds and hello to a few returning winter attendees. The crossover weeks made for a delightfully crowded Kachemak Community Center on Thursdays; at least once I counted more than 20 quilters.
We have been very productive lately! While welcoming one or more of our snowbirds back each week, we were also busy in April preparing for our annual Mother's Day/Shorebird Festival Quilt Show on May 9 and 10. There were 66 quilts in this year's show, ranging in size from table runners and small wall-hangings to king-size bed quilts, and more than 300 show visitors. Viewer's Choice awards were given in several categories, including Birds of Kachemak Bay. Since the quilt show coincides with Homer's annual Shorebird Festival, this category attracts lots of passionate viewers and votes.
The days are getting longer and the weather is getting better. There's a slight shifting of gears, or at least thoughts in that direction - from quilting to gardening, company from outside, trips to visit loved ones, SUMMER!!! Until then, we're involved in quite a number of projects over here in Seward. There have been classes that several of us have taken. Barb Steckel's Brit's Blitz and Karrie Youngblood's Feathered Star class. Tammy's leading the block of the month and that's coming along very well. Baby welcome wagon quilts are keeping up with the population so far! There have be
We've been a busy bunch here in Seward. It seems we're having a baby boom over here. Thank goodness P.J. Bauer started "Baby Welcome Wagon" back up. It had been inactive for a period of time. Quilters have been supplying baby quilts to the program and they are still coming! What was going on last winter in Seward? Something in the water?
Kachemak Bay Quilters are staying busy as we head into the fall and winter seasons. We celebrated 25 years as “Kachemak Bay Quilters” with a mid-October potluck. As always, great food – lots of it – and the opportunity to visit with quilters that we may not have seen all summer.
We've had a great summer here in Homer. We've been, gardening, fishing, enjoying the sunshine (lots of it), and entertaining visitors galore. We never know how many quilters will show up for our Thursday get-togethers. It can be anywhere from 7 to 20, depending on who is in town or drops by when visiting Homer. Kachemak Community Center can be a little tight but there is always room for everyone.
We've given out three quilts to fire victims this summer. Fortunately we've built up a surplus at this time and also have a dry place to store the extra quilts.
We have been busy in Seward having a wonderful summer. Until recently (Salmon Derby) we’ve had fairly nice weather and there is gardening and now berry picking to attend to. Some of us are too busy to sit down due to work and hopefully that will be dropping off soon - we miss our times together! There are a few of us who have been meeting on Wednesdays during the day at Sew’n Bee Cozy to get in a few hours on our projects, and to catch up on the news.
Greetings to all our quilting sisters across the Peninsula! I hope everyone has been enjoying this outstanding weather. Since we last checked in, Seward’s had a retreat in late March. Usually we do our own thing, or someone teaches a mini-class or technique, but the project for the retreat was a mystery quilt. You could either make this for yourself, or take a kit of fabric to make a service quilt. Sheila and Tammy made kits of donated fabric for these tops. Sheila has a back room at Sew’n Bee Cozy that's for donated fabric to use in service quilts and there’s plenty to draw from. We