By Patrice Krant & Alice Krivitsky
If you were at the retreat, you don’t need me to recount how much fun it was. If you weren’t, we are sorry you missed it! We had a great time at Land’s End in Homer, where the universe provided amazing sunrises and sunsets over the mountains and a little bit of every kind of weather one could want.
I won’t say the weekend went off without a hitch, since we are still missing Jodi Marker’s long sleeve tee shirt, but you will be happy to know Cinda Martin’s pattern was returned - thank you, whoever took it home accidentally and mailed it back to me. So we are left with just one mystery: if you didn’t order and pay for a tee shirt, but found a long-sleeve size M in your registration bag - it belongs to Jodi Marker.
But other than those issues, the weekend went very well. A few things were new and seemed to be well-received, including having brunch on Sunday instead of breakfast and lunch; taking our group photo before lunch on Saturday instead of after dinner; holding only two “Show & Tell” sessions so you could spend more time sewing; the “Free to a Good Home” box, which was busy each day; and offering a ladies style tee shirt, which 14 of us ordered.
By now you have read in Sue’s guild president report that the registration fee for the retreat, which has not been raised in more than ten years, is going to be increased by $20 to $150 per person. The primary reason is that the cost of catering the food at Land’s End, our biggest expense, has gone up each year. For example, the cost per person for food at our retreat was $96 in 2017, $115 in 2018, and $117 in 2019 (it was even higher until we eliminated one meal on Sunday).
In no particular order, Alice and I have a few people to thank for the success of our 2019 retreat:
To Margaret Lau, for the daily batch of “gingerslap” cookies
To Piama Svoboda and Karrie Youngblood, for teaching the mini-classes on how to use the Stripology ruler and how to make that adorable fabric box
To Janet Bacher and friends for our daily dance/stretching/exercise breaks
To the Kachemak Bay Quilters for making all the attendee gifts and to Carol Renfrew and Charlene Ditton for coordinating that project
To the Kachemak Bay Quilters for making and donating door prizes for retreat attendees
To Sue Magyar and Kathleen Barkley for taking our often-stressed phone calls all year (well, the calls from Patrice were stressed; Alice was always cool!)
To Charlene Ditton for decorating our new “It’s Not My Thing, But It Could Be Yours” box
To everyone who brought a teddy bear or stuffed animal for children affected by domestic violence
To everyone who made a Quilt of Valor block - we may get two quilts out of them!
To Jeanne Acton and the staff at Bearly Threaded, for bringing the fabric, kits, notions, etc. to tempt us - and for the big sale on Sunday!
To our other sponsors, Ulmer’s, J&H, Sew & Bee Cozy, and Homer Dental Center for door prizes
To Jan Wallace for remembering recycling bins - then taking the recycling bins with her - and for bringing & hanging the guild’s banner
To Margaret Lau for coordinating Mauricio the Masseuse’s schedule; and to Mauricio for making our backs, necks, arms and hands feel wonderful all weekend
To Charlene Ditton’s grandchildren for collecting and painting quilt blocks on our “Homer Rocks”
To Linda Wagner for choosing, coordinating and raffling off the Primrose and Alaska Animal blocks and collecting the QOV blocks
To J&H Sewing & Vacuum for donating the pre-wound bobbins to all and the $700 Brother Scan & Cut machine - which Kate McNulty is still shocked she won!
To Karrie Youngblood and Loraine Murphy for coordinating our Show & Tell sessions
To Dana Lewis for another unique, enviable tee shirt design and for managing the tee shirt project with Alaska Reprographics
To Louise Kempker for picking up and bringing the big box of tee shirts from Anchorage to Homer - and we’re glad there was still room for your sewing machine in the car!
To Jane Regan for bringing Colleen James to tell us about the Haven House process for children affected by domestic violence, and for collecting and storing all the teddy bears and stuffed animals awaiting a small quilt and distribution to Haven House
To Karrie Youngblood, Margaret Lau, Jan Mosher and others who brought their personal cutting mats, irons, design walls and lamps for all to use. (Good news - we just purchased four big new cutting mats for next year!)
To Jan Mosher for printing all of the registration packets, updates, and class handouts
To Karrie Youngblood, Shirley Svoboda and Piama Svoboda for the very engaging - and swift - gift exchange on Saturday night. (Inside joke: You’re right, everyone left loved it!)
To Heather Johnston for making the pineapple block we each signed - and for agreeing to keep doing it for the next two years!
To the bald eagle who sat patiently outside the window by the cutting table while we took its picture
To Dani Mains for the steady supply of gummy bear “medicine” that kept me from catching the cold that was spreading around the room
And last, but by no means least, from Patrice to Alice:
Thank you for co-chairing the retreat with me and especially for coordinating the collecting, donating, making, storing, wrapping and raffling off 60 door prizes.
We already can’t wait for next year’s retreat, which will be February 21-23, 2020.