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Patty Namba named CCCF Volunteer of the Year

Patty NambaCoffee Creek Correctional Facility has named our own Patty Namba as CCCF Volunteer of the Year. Patty has been a CCQ instructor since 2012, currently teaching in our Wednesday evening class. She also serves on our Board of Directors, heads the PR committee, and co-chairs our Annual Sale and Fundraiser. A lot of us in CCQ are retired, but Patty works full time. We don’t know how, but she finds time to quilt too. Patty especially enjoys making scrap quilts and typically makes five or six of them for donation every year.

“Teaching quilting is my most rewarding activity,” Patty said. “Working with the women at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility is the highlight of my week because I get to help them realize their self-improvement goals.”

CCCF recognized Patty with a letter, a certificate, and a trophy with her name engraved on it. She also gets the temporary use of a highly-valued close-in parking space for the rest of the year.

Congratulations, Patty!

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CCQ member helps quilters in Kenya

Kenyan quiltersMary Ann McCammon is an instructor in CCQ’s Thursday class. She also travels to Eldoret, Kenya to teach quilting to women recovering from obstetric fistula surgery. Mary Ann works with Beyond Fistula, a small non-profit that supports women after surgery to reintegrate with their families and gain financial independence.

In her most recent trip, Mary Ann learned that some of the Kenyan quilters prefer cutting fabric with scissors rather than rotary cutters. Ann (pictured at left/top), the production supervisor favors the type of scissors that Mary Ann brought to the class last November. CCQ’s Betty DeHaven located three of these from CCQ donations and Mary Ann shipped them to Ann in Kenya last month. “She’s thrilled,” Mary Ann said. “It’s another example of CCQ helping women.”

Mary Ann also meets with the Eldoret Quilt Guild (pictured at left/center) when she travels to Kenya. “On my most recent trip I brought them a bunch of books, rulers and patterns that had been CCQ donations that our women couldn’t use. They couldn’t get their heads out of the books; they were delighted. In return, they are machine sewing the cloth pockets we hand sew on the back of the story quilts (pictured at left/bottom).”

There will be a fundraiser to support the Beyond Fistula quilting program on Sunday, November 20th. Contact Mary Ann for details.

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CCQ instructor to speak at WMQC meeting.

Westside Modern Quilt ClubCCQ instructor Mary Ann McCammon will speak at a meeting of the WestSide Modern Quilt Club on Wednesday, July 27th. We wrote about Mary Ann’s work teaching quilting to disadvantaged women in a blog post in May. Now there’s an opportunity to hear her speak. WestSide Modern Quilt Club meets at The Pine Needle, 429 1st Street, Lake Oswego, Oregon. The meeting starts at 6 pm.

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