Kachemak Bay Quilters: Service Quilts
First Friday Opening Reception: 5-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3
Artist talk at 5:30
Exhibit runs Nov. 3-Nov. 28, 2017
The Kachemak Bay Quilters group began over 30 years ago by founding member Beth Schroer. The group originally met in Beth’s home, but quickly outgrew the space. Currently membership averages 15-20 members each week, meeting every Thursday at the Kachemak Center from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Some days are dedicated to making quilts for service projects to give to people in need. Their Burn Out Victims project gifts handmade quilts to people who have lost their homes to fire. The group tries to donate one quilt per family member, ranging from queen to baby quilts. Haven House, Child Advocacy Program receives quilts that average 40”x 60” in size. The group donates the quilts as comfort items that each child can choose to help them during their healing process. Additionally, the innovative Teddy Bear Quilts Program began with Simyra Taback of Hallo Bay Bear Camp. Simyra started collecting teddy bears from her customers from all over the world instead of tips. She donates an average of 30 bears per month to Haven House Child Advocacy Program, and the Quilters create a small quilt in which to wrap each teddy bear. The group’s newest project, Quilts of Valor, focuses on making patriotic quilts to donate to Veterans in our community to thank them for their service.
When the group isn’t working on a quilt to donate, they will bring their own work to do. It is a fun group of people who supports each other and share their love of quilting. "We feel there is nothing better to let people know we care by giving them comfort and a big hug with a quilt in their time of need."