I’m snugly busy in my quilting studio this week, working on charity quilts and Christmas presents. I don’t have the holiday spirit yet, but I certainly feel the sense of urgency. October went by in a flash and a glance at the calendar tells me November is going to go even faster.
The Homer quilters have been busy again this quarter. We said goodbye to a few of our snowbirds and hello to a few returning winter attendees. The crossover weeks made for a delightfully crowded Kachemak Community Center on Thursdays; at least once I counted more than 20 quilters.
By all accounts, the “Getting Ready for Christmas” session on November 7th in Soldotna was a big success. Margaret, Alice, Charlene, Ellen and Loraine had fun making the casserole carriers, mitered corner baby blankets and candle mats. I went to Ulmer’s to get a pair of “D” rings for the carrier, and they were all out; now I know why! Loraine concluded that she just might have to make a casserole to carry in her completed casserole tote. I’m in favor, especially if she brings it to Thursday quilting! See our photos for a picture of Ellen’s baby blanket. After the session, several folks checked out the new BearlyThreaded Quilt Shop location in Soldotna and reported back that it’s a “must see!”
Also on Saturday, November 7th, quilts were featured at the annual “Puttin’ on the Ritz” fundraiser for Homer’s Pratt Museum. I snagged a hand quilted wall-hanging by Eileen Wythe in the live auction. Someone made a great donation in the silent auction for $200 worth of Karrie Youngblood’s custom quilting and a holiday table runner that showcases Karrie’s ability to draw amazing feathers with her longarm.
Speaking of charity quilts, we’ve had plenty of activity in that area this quarter. We’re completing the top for our annual quilt for the Pratt Museum’s year-long raffle. A group that spent a few days at Tern Lake made two quilt tops for our burnout quilt inventory and several quilters, including Eileen, regularly donate quilts to Haven House and other nonprofit organizations for fundraising.
Pet rescues are my thing, and in the last two weeks four of my quilts have been auctioned off in online auctions to raise funds. Two quilts were for Wheatens in Need Rescue, one was to help pay for urgent medical care for two dogs whose owners are unable to afford it, and one was in support of Hearts for Paws, another organization that helps deserving folks get medical care for their canine “babies.”
Charlene completed her “Elementary My Dear” quilt top from the Princess Mystery class taught by Brenda Clyde. What a beautiful row quilt it is! Row quilts have been all the rage at shows across the country in 2015. It will be fun to see what next year’s top trends will be. See the photo at the end of this report (or wherever our editor puts the photos in this issue).
The Pratt Museum in Homer has issued a “call for artists” to create one work per artist on the theme of our region’s bears. Quilters interested in participating should let the Pratt know by March 1, 2016. Works will be due April 29 and will be on display at the museum May 6-July 31. For more information, call Scott Bartlett at 907-435-3335 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminder: because the Homer quilt show and the Shorebird Festival will not be on the same weekend in 2016, our small quilt challenge will be Alaska flowers instead of Alaska birds. Quilts may be no larger than 20” square. Start thinking about your entry! The quilt show will be, as always, on Mother’s Day weekend, May 7-8, 2016. (The Shorebird Festival will be May 12-15, 2016.)