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
Kachemak Bay Quilters have just successfully completed our 30th annual quilt show. Our Viewer’s Choice winner was Patrice Krant (a Guild member!) and her eagle wall-hanging. Over 400 people attended the show and we displayed 65 quilts, wall art, and other quilted items. The Shorebird Challenge, featuring birds of Kachemak Bay, has been a popular addition to the quilt show. Lots of work but lots of fun.
Kachemak Bay Quilters are working on our blocks, “Bears and Berries,” for the Pratt Museum raffle quilt. Stay tuned as these blocks become the finished quilt that will hang in the entryway of the Pratt this summer and fall. Raffle drawing for the 2013 quilt will be the first part of December. Our snowbirds have left for sunnier (warmer) winter weather. Little did they know that fall is lingering in Homer. No snow yet (as of mid-November).
The winter season is upon us, all the tourists have gone home, and our thoughts turn to diving into our fabric and coming up with wonderful creations. We no longer meet at the grade school – we now meet on Wednesday nights at Sew n Bee Cozy. It really is cozy too! We have less room, but people are adapting by bringing handwork or knitting, and it's a good networking session. Sheila Squires purchased the shop from Christine this fall after retiring from the Police Department. Is this less stressful? We hope so!!