Between vacations and visitors we have been busy doing many things. Linda Wagner has been collecting fabric scraps from all of us to make dog and cat beds for the local animal shelter. The beds are given to the homeless animals and then sent home with them when they are adopted to help their transition into their new families. Luckily we all have a lot of scraps to help her out! Alice lent us her dog and her two grand-dogs for our photo. Big Mike, Kizzie, and Annie all enjoyed testing the dog beds! Janet added the lettering to the quilted sign, which was carried in front of our float in the 4th of July parade by Glenda and Marali.
For the first time, we had a Kachemak Bay Quilters' float in Homer's annual 4th of July parade. We were all wearing or carrying our Quilts of Valor to show the community our lovely quilts and that members of the community could be nominated or nominate someone to receive one. Everyone seemed very excited to see us and were even more excited to find out about Quilts of Valor. We have already had several local people nominated to get one and hope to have more nominees soon.
Several of us attended the class in June with Jean Ann Wright. Everyone enjoyed it and Janet even ended up with two finished table runners from it!
We have recently hosted an official Judy Niemeyer instructor, Tammy Doane, up at the Alaska Bible Institute here in Homer. She was here for two weeks. The first week was a reunion of sorts for the ladies who had previously taken a class at Judy's retreat house in Kalispell, Montana. This also included several local gals who attended the first week. The second week consisted of ladies from Soldotna, Chugiak, and more of us from Homer. Some of the quilt patterns that the girls worked on were the clam shell, vintage rose, Bali wedding star, cattails in the meadow, and sea urchins, as well as several others. Tammy is working with Jeanne from Bearly Threaded in Soldotna to schedule a return trip in the spring of 2019, so if any of you missed these past two weeks, it looks like you might have another opportunity to attend a class with Tammy then!
Last week we had a pleasant surprise of an anonymous donation of seventeen quilt tops and three finished quilts, all of various sizes. They were all beautifully done and all were in nice color combinations. We are always in need of larger quilts for victims of house fires, so we were extremely happy to have several larger quilt tops in the mix.