Besides doing our usual fabulous teddy bear quilts, service quilts, gifts for family and friends, us Homer girls have been busy doing other things in the past couple of months. As I wrote the last part of our newsletter, I was anxiously awaiting my final quilting class for the year: Tula Pink. Now I can finally write about it!
My mom and I were fortunate enough to go to one of Tula's classes up in Anchorage in August, and it was everything we hoped it would be! Tula is very creative, funny, and a great teacher. We were also lucky enough to make it to her trunk show where she gave a presentation that went through her creative process and then told us all the steps involved in getting a line of fabric out. Wow! It is a long process and she normally works on several lines at once. The good news is she seems like almost an infinite source of ideas waiting to come out (maybe burst out might be a better word!), so I think she'll be whipping out new lines of fabric for many years to come. If anyone has a chance to meet her or take a class from her, do it! Being a younger quilter myself, and her being my favorite designer/a big inspiration, I was also excited to learn that she said there are many other younger quilters around the world that she has met and so quilting is catching on with people who can carry on the tradition.
Another exciting thing we did was our second annual Quilts of Valor presentation at the Elks Club on Veteran's Day. We gave out seven quilts this year. It would have been nine, but two recipients were out of town. It was a very nice event and we even had several local Coast Guard members attend the luncheon and presentation. We were also grateful to the Homer News for their wonderful article on it, which focused on each of the vets receiving the quilts.
The ladies whose quilts were given out this year were Carol, Janet, Shirley, Eileen (who was not able to attend, so hers was presented by Laveda), Jan, Karol, and Linda. Karrie quilted all the quilts but Eileen's, which Eileen did by hand. All the vets were really appreciative and happy to get their quilts!
This year we even had two of our own ladies' husbands receive quilts. Jan's husband Norm got the one that he and Jan custom designed together. Laveda presented her husband Tom with the one that Eileen made.