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!

Speaking of Karrie, there was a nice write-up on her in the Homer Tribune in one of the “Meet Your Neighbor” feature articles.  It explains how she turned her enthusiasm for quilting from a hobby into her longarm quilting business and about her new longarm quilting machine, lovingly nicknamed “Aiden.”  Unfortunately a link to the article doesn't seem readily available, but it was really nice!  Karrie also hosted an open house for people to come and see her work space and both of her longarm quilting machines.  It was very interesting to see how the machines work up close and to actually get to try one in person.  We all thank you for the hard work you put into organizing that fun afternoon and also your quilting business, Karrie.  Our quilts would be boring (and our shoulders would be sore!) without you and your longarm quilting machines! 

Not only have we been doing quilts for ourselves (and I'm sure many people have started on Christmas presents by now...unfortunately I am not one of them!), but we have been working on more service quilts. We have decided to do some Quilts of Valor.   We had a small sew-in where some of us worked on our Quilts of Valor quilts, and a couple of people even finished theirs.  Shirley and Janet's finished quilts have already been quilted by Karrie and are currently hanging in our Homer Council on the Arts service quilt show.  As well as the Quilts of Valor, the service quilt show also exhibits some of our other service quilts and small Teddy bear quilts.  Here is a link to the article about the show in the Homer News: http://homernews.com/arts/2017-11-09/their-first-first-friday-showcase-kachemak-bay-quilters-focus-giving-back-others

Jane hosted another successful “Teddy Bear Tea” afternoon at her beautiful home for those of us who were involved in making Teddy bear quilts for Haven House to give to child victims of domestic violence.  We all gathered for tea, goodies, and to wrap each donated stuffed animal in its own handmade quilt/blanket.   

As for the “Getting Ready for Christmas” guild event in Soldotna, our own Carol and Charlene demonstrated how to make fabric flowers to decorate gift bags with.  They did some beautiful work!  Thank you to the guild and guild members for all the hard work organizing the demonstrations and whole event.

We are also gathering donations of fat quarters and yardage from our group to send to the quilters in Santa Rosa, California who lost everything in the forest fires there.  If you are also interested in doing this, you can send donations to: Santa Rosa Quilt Guild, P.O. Box 9251, Santa Rosa, CA 95405.  Helping fellow quilters replenish their lost stashes is almost as important as sending service quilts!