Homer News

We all survived the annual Mother's Day show!  I think I have finally recovered from not only my first attendance of one but also from being one of the two people in charge of the silent auction and cash & carry portion of the show.  Elaine and I seemed to do pretty well, thanks to all the help from the previous coordinators, Carol and Charlene.  Thanks again for all your help ladies!  

I have to say, I was very impressed by all of our talented and very productive quilters.  Does anyone else feel like you should only sleep about 2 hours a night to get all the quilting you want done?  I think some of our girls must do that because there is no way I could ever accomplish all they have done in the past year!  We raised an impressive amount of money to help us fund our charity quilts for mainly Haven House and house fire victims.   We had approximately 400 people attend and 72 entries for them to see.  If any of you made it down here for the show, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!  

As usual, everyone who attended was encouraged to vote on their favorites for each category.  I was amused to see how seriously many people took voting and how much pressure they put on themselves    to choose the “correct” winners!  Many people were repeat attendees, which was nice to see too.  As for the winners, our first and second place winners of the large bed quilt category were mother and daughter duo Cinda Martin and Alice Krivitsky. Cinda won first place (her winning quilt is pictured here) and Alice won second.  In third place we have the lovely Kaffe Fassett quilt from Jan Mosher.  All of the winners in the previously mentioned category were quilted by Karrie Youngblood.

In the other categories we have the small bed quilts:
1st place – Sherry Broome, 2nd and 3rd place – Nancy Larsen.  Then for the wall hangings we have: 1st and 2nd place – Enid Keyes, 3rd place Kate McNulty.  In the “other” category we have: 1st - Peggy Parsons, 2nd – Piama Svoboda, 3rd - Jan Mosher.  And finally, in the challenge quilts (the bird quilts) we have: 1st - Patrice Krant, 2nd – Piama Svoboda, 3rd – Nancy Larsen.               

After the exhausting yet fun weekend of the Mother's Day show we had one of our ABI open sew weekends.  That was a much needed fun weekend!  It was also nice to take a break from making things for the quilt show and make some things for ourselves.  Some people, however, did work on the star blocks we are working on for a group charity quilt.  Some of us tackled paper-piecing for the first time to do these.  Everyone ended up making beautiful blocks, despite some frustrations from the first timers.  Hopefully now they are more confident in their paper- piecing skills!  Carol is nice enough to have made the sashing and borders for the quilt.    

Those of us who made Quilts of Valor are also finishing them up in preparation for the Fourth of July parade here in Homer.  We are planning on having a float and wearing them to show them off.  We are hoping for no rain and wind!  We don't want any dye running (yes, they will be pre-washed!) or Superman capes flying all over the place.  The next step is to present them to their veterans.

We also had a “thank you” lunch at the Pratt Museum for our annual Pratt quilt donation. They had a cake that had a picture of the whole quilt on it and served us each the block we had done. It was very cute!