By Patrice Krant, Retreat Chair
If you were at the retreat, you don’t need me to tell you how much fun it was. If you weren’t, sorry you missed it! From sunrises to sunsets, and a 2-day blizzard in between, it was fabulous weekend at Land’s End Resort in Homer for 58 quilters.
Before I forget to mention it, next year’s retreat will be February 19 - 21, 2021 at Land’s End.
Also, if you left these scissors in the conference room, contact me and I will send them to you:
In addition to the changes we made last year (brunch on Sunday, only two “show & tell” sessions so we could spend more time sewing, offering a ladies style tee shirt, and the “Free to a Good Home” box), this year we added new cutting mats, new irons, and two new custom-made “big board” ironing boards, and a scissors sharpening service. It was a hit! Our scissors-sharpener, Scott Greenmun, was sure surprised when he saw that pile of 100+ pairs of scissors! He will be back next year, in case you didn’t get yours sharpened this year. He had agreed to work from 11 AM - 3 PM, but ended up staying until 5 PM to finish them all.
In case you weren’t with us or you were but you didn’t do the mystery quilt, email me (email@example.com) for a link to the pattern, Gemstone Solids by Angela Walters.
To see photos from the retreat, look on the KPQG website, the KPQG Bits & Pieces on Facebook, or the Kachemak Bay Quilters page on Facebook.
In no particular order, I have a zillion people to thank for the success of our 2020 retreat:
To Carol Renfrew for being my co-chair this year and agreeing to do it one more time for 2021, and especially for coordinating the collecting, donating, making, storing, wrapping and raffling off 60 door prizes and participant gifts.
To Margaret Lau, once again, for the daily batch of “gingersnap” cookies.
To Carol Renfrew and Karrie Youngblood, for teaching the mini-classes on how to “Wave Goodbye to Wavy Borders” and how to make the hex log cabin pot holder.
To Janet Bacher and friends for our daily dance/stretching/exercise breaks.
A special thank you to Eileen Wythe for making 65+ adorable mouse pin cushions, plus seventeen sets of placemats for door prizes.
To the Kachemak Bay Quilters for inventorying the retreat equipment, loading and unloading it, setting it up at Land’s End, and then reloading, unloading and storing it all till next year.
To the Kachemak Bay Quilters for making attendee gifts and to Carol Renfrew and Charlene Ditton for coordinating that project.
To the Kachemak Bay Quilters for collecting, making and donating door prizes for retreat attendees.
To everyone who made and brought one or more of the 30 teddy bear quilts to be given to children affected by domestic violence.
To Jane Regan for coordinating the teddy bear and teddy bear quilt project for Haven House, and for making 100+ scrappy Block Party blocks for folks to take home to turn into teddy bear quilts.
To Sheila Squires and Sandra Knickerbocker of Sew ’n Bee Cozy, for bringing dozens of irresistible fabrics and notions and being our pop-up quilt shop.
To our other sponsors, including Ulmer’s, J&H, Sew’n Bee Cozy, Kenai Fabrics, Captain’s Coffee, Jars of Clay, Nomar, Art Shop Gallery, Oodalolly, North Wind, and Homer Dental Center for door prizes.
To Zoe Story, our on-site massage therapist for the weekend. Zoe has already agreed to come again next year! She loved seeing the quilts and the “good and kind energy” in the room.
To Linda Wagner for choosing, coordinating, coaching and raffling off the Floral Pinwheel and “X” blocks, which were won by Julie Matsuoka and Alice Krivitsky.
To Kate McNulty for re-donating the Brother Scan ’n Cut, which was won by Patsy Williams.
To Bette Seaman for coordinating our Show & Tell sessions, and to our volunteer quilt holders.
To Karol Miller for the adorable tee shirt design printed by Alaska Reprographics.
To Elaine Plante and Shirley Svoboda for making sure the nametags and dinner entrees were complete and correct.
To Patty Nyholm and Tania Cunningham for picking up and bringing the two big boxes of tee shirts from Anchorage to Homer.
To Deb Crosby for volunteering to bring Patsy Williams and Julie Matsuoka their sewing equipment after they were unable to get back to Land’s End in the blizzard.
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 creative, entertaining 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.
To Wendy Wayne for making and managing the pillow case scrap savers.
To Jan Wallace for bringing and hanging the KPQG banner and for managing the recycling bins.
If I forgot anyone, my apologies, and please know I appreciated your help.
I’m already looking forward to Retreat 2021!
By Patrice Krant, Retreat Chair