Homer Quilting News

We have been very productive lately! While welcoming one or more of our snowbirds back each week, we were also busy in April preparing for our annual Mother's Day/Shorebird Festival Quilt Show on May 9 and 10. There were 66 quilts in this year's show, ranging in size from table runners and small wall-hangings to king-size bed quilts, and more than 300 show visitors. Viewer's Choice awards were given in several categories, including Birds of Kachemak Bay. Since the quilt show coincides with Homer's annual Shorebird Festival, this category attracts lots of passionate viewers and votes.
In addition to individual quilts of all sizes, we produced numerous "cash & carry" and silent auction items for the quilt show, including Kindle/iPad rests, placemats with matching napkins, table runners, sea star pincushions, and reusable shopping bags. The cash and carry table is very popular with quilt show attendees.
In April, we had the first of our two 3-day spring retreats at the Alaska Bible Institute. The April session typically focuses on readying quilts for the quilt show, and this year was no exception. Several of us were also working on Judy Niemeyer quilt "homework" between paper-piecing classes we are taking with Karrie Youngblood. The pace was noticeably slower in the post-show May session, as UFOs were tackled and new projects designed.
On May 4, about a dozen of us attended the annual "Quilters Tea" at the Pratt Museum in Homer. This is a very nice - and quite tasty - event to thank us for creating and donating a beautiful quilt to the Pratt each year to be raffled off as a fundraiser for the museum. In addition to the 2015 "Latitude 59 Kachemak Bay" group quilt, which was unveiled at the Quilters Tea and now hangs in the Pratt until the drawing in December, a stunning quilt designed, hand-quilted, and donated by Eileen Wythe is the 2015 "bonus" quilt; people who purchase five raffle tickets for the group quilt will get one raffle ticket for a separate drawing for Eileen's quilt. Raffle tickets are on sale at the Pratt Museum during regular hours and will also be available at the Patrons of the Pratt (POPS) table at the Homer Farmer's Market on Saturdays this summer and the Nutcracker Faire in December.
One last thing: thank you to the annual KPQG retreat organizers for getting us in the habit of saving scraps and threads in a pillow case to be sewn shut when full to make a dog bed for the local animal shelter. Linda Wagner has us all continuing the practice at our weekly sewing sessions, and many of us are collecting scraps all week to add to the pillowcase on Thursdays. It's remarkable how fast we can fill up a pillow case/dog bed when we all contribute!