It’s been a busy summer for the quilters of Homer! Not for me, I’m afraid; all I have accomplished is to keep our Siberian husky puppy alive after his daily attempts to consume every flower, weed, pinecone, rock, fat quarter, stuffed animal, piece of litter and dog he encounters, including a pair of sweaty gym socks and my two Wheaten terriers. Oh, I did finish a Pat Sloan “solstice” block of the week (one new block every Tuesday from winter solstice to summer solstice) and got it quilted and onto our guest bed in time for our last Lower 48 visitor of the season. I guess I should be satisfied with a pup that’s survived to the age of six months and a southern belle guest who will be warm if the temps dip below 50.
Here is Odin at 3 months on some teddy bear quilts for Haven House, and Odin today at 6 months old.
The rest of the Homer quilters have been far more productive.
Lots of us learned new skills this summer. Margaret and Loraine went to Sisters again this year and took several classes. Alice and her daughter, Cinda, went to a Quiltworx week-long class with a certified Judy Niemeyer instructor at Judy’s home studio/classroom. Janet, Shirley, Linda, Elaine, Jan and Kate went to Cynthia England’s “Picture Piecing” class and have already produced a couple of beautiful landscapes. Margaret and Cheri went to the Joan Shay class and made beautiful tote bags.
Donna and her daughter Kathy went to the Ricky Tims 2-day workshop in Anchorage. Donna said it was great fun and worth every penny. Here they are with Ricky.
We finished a number of service quilts, bringing our inventory to more than 50, so we decided to donate about ten of the largelap/small bed quilts to Haven House for older kids who go through intake there.
Here are a few of the recent service quilts completed, including a bed-size quilt, a couple of lap quilts, and four teddy bear quilts:
We made a friendship quilt for our dear friend and fellow quilter, Laveda Youngblood, who is recovering from surgery for cancer.
The Monday night group, which meets at the Nazarene Church, had a busy summer, too. Here are a few photos of Bette, Wendy, Margaret and Alice at a recent work session. The baby quilt Bette and Margaret are holding is ready for an animal appliqué for Bette’s new grandchild.
What else is going on in Homer?
A number of us who are also members of the Anchor Point group that meets one Saturday a month at the Senior Center are making 15 bird blocks to exchange in October. Here are a couple of the adorable blocks Charlene completed.
Here is a fantastic “Arrows” quilt recently completed by Karol and a photo of my “Solstice” quilt:
Just two more things to mention: First, we bought, and are waiting for a dry day this week to plant, a red leaf choke cherry tree to plant in Glenda’s yard in honor of her daughter, Kathy, who passed away this spring. We hope it always reminds Glenda of her wonderful daughter.
Second, thank you to Karrie and her daughter Chelsea and granddaughter Kinley, who made a very long 1-day round trip to Palmer last week to take several of our group members’ quilts for submission to the State Fair.