Occasionally we hear from former CCQ students after they’ve been released from Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. Trish L. sent us an email expressing her gratitude for the quilting skills we taught her and for giving her a healthy outlet to cope. She attached this picture of her Mom cuddling with the quilt Trish made for her in the Thursday class. Trish is settling into her new life and has started working on another quilt from a kit we gave her.
A huge assortment of donated quilting fabrics, notions, supplies, tools, patterns, magazines, and books will be offered at bargain prices at a Coffee Creek Quilters garage sale scheduled for February 21 and 22. Sale hours are 10 am to 5 pm both days. The sale will be held at The Quilted Hill, 7601 NE Blackburn Rd, Yamhill, OR 97148. A map and driving directions can be found on The Quilted Hill website. Cash and checks only, please.
All proceeds of the fundraiser will go to support the CCQ program. We have ongoing expenses for quilt batting, blender fabrics, thread, replacement blades for rotary cutters, as well as administrative expenses. All told, it costs approximately $100/year for each student who goes through our program. If you can’t make it to the fundraiser, please consider making a donation through our Sponsor a Quilter program.
The Coffee Creek Quilters program was featured in the article “Coffee Creek Quilters: A stitch in time saves lives” in the December issue of Country Pleasures Magazine. In addition to describing our program, the article provides a peak inside the classroom, introducing the reader to Jennifer and Mary Ann, a student and an instructor, respectively, in the Thursday class.
Jennifer had to overcome problems with ADHD and hand tremors to learn how to cut fabric, read a pattern, and operate a sewing machine. The article reports that “as a CCQ participant, she has acquired new, useful skills. She has learned patience. She has proven to herself she can accomplish very difficult tasks despite having ADHD and hand tremors.”
Mary Ann has been a volunteer with CCQ for seven years. The Country Pleasures article quotes her as saying “As soon as I visited the program, I knew I would enjoy it. Every week I experience heartwarming moments that validate why we’re here. Several weeks ago a student brought in a picture of her son holding the third quilt she’d made. It was a New York Yankee quilt because her son loves the Yankees. She told him whenever he felt sad or sick to put the quilt around him and it’d be like having his mommy’s arms around him.”
We invite you to read the full article.