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CCQ featured by Wilsonville Spokesman

CCQ classCCQ was featured in a Wilsonville Spokesman newspaper article this week. “Two for you and one for me” tells how our program, started 14 years ago by Koko Sutton, has grown from a small experiment to a successful program that teaches life skills along with quilting to women incarcerated at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility.

The article’s title references the fact that each student makes three quilts. Two are donated to various organizations including Emanuel Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Meridian Park Hospital, Providence Elder Place, Salud Medical Center, and Camp Erin. Students keep their third quilt, or give it to a loved one.

The Spokesman article offers a peak inside our Tuesday morning class, including pictures and interviews with students and instructors. “Thank you for your time and for believing in me,” one student said.

“This is two hours a week that they feel like they’re regular people. That’s special,” said lead instructor Peggy Gelbrich.

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CCQ donates quilts to camps for kids

Zack's quiltEight year old Zack’s quilt (to his right in the picture) was one of 45 submitted for the annual Coffee Creek Quilters challenge on June 4th. Zack participated along with his grandmother, our own Judy Dunham.

In past years all challenge quilts have been donated to Camp Erin, a summer camp for kids who have experienced bereavement. This year we also donated to Camp Sunrise, a project of Hospice of Redmond. Another change this year was to give quilts made by students in our prison quilting program along with instructor-made quilts. A total of fifty-six quilts were donated to the two camps.

“Providing quilts to bereaved children has been a long term commitment for Coffee Creek Quilters instructors. The students voted that they would like to contribute also so this year is the first time student quilts have been donated to bereaved children. It is exciting to expand our outreach to Central Oregon especially since the students come from all over the state,” said CCQ President Linda Downey.

Camp Erin is a national program where young people learn to grieve and heal following the death of a loved one. Funded by the Moyer Foundation and local groups, camps are held in 45 locations in the U.S. and Canada. The camp is free for kids aged 6 to 17. Oregon’s Camp Erin is administered by the Providence Foundation and takes place this year at Camp Kuratli in Boring, OR, August 12-14.

Camp Sunrise is offered to kids ages 7-14 residing in Central Oregon who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Structured games, music, art, stories, and other therapies teach bereaved campers about grief and how to understand their feelings. The camp is open to up to 40 kids each year who reside in Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook counties and is offered at no charge. The three-day, two-night camp is held the third weekend of June.

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CCQ featured on Sewing With Nancy


Coffee Creek Quilters was recently featured in a Sewing With Nancy public television broadcast. Nancy Zieman of Nancy’s Notions interviewed Peggy Gelbrich, an instructor in our Tuesday morning class in the Nancy’s Corner segment of an episode about “change-up” patchwork. You can view the five minute segment by clicking on the arrow above.

Sewing With Nancy is a half hour show that provides step-by-step instructions for sewing and quilting projects. The last segment of each episode is called Nancy’s Corner. That’s where Nancy interviews guests who make a difference in the world of sewing, quilting, and embroidery.

Wisconsin Public Television produces Sewing With Nancy in partnership with Nancy’s Notions. You can view past episodes on the WPT website. It’s broadcast on many public television stations, including Oregon Public Broadcasting.

We thank Nancy’s Notions for giving us the opportunity to tell the Coffee Creek Quilters story to a national audience.

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