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Volunteer opportunities

CCQ membersCoffee Creek Quilters needs volunteers. We recently ran the numbers and discovered that the average age of our members is 70. We’re hoping to recruit some younger members to bring fresh ideas and ensure our organization’s long term viability.

Here’s what we need:

  • Instructors. We have openings in our Tuesday morning and Wednesday evening classes. You would need to have at least advanced-beginner quilting skills and a willingness to work with a wide variety of student learning styles.
  • Kit making. Meet with other members to choose fabrics and patterns for student first and second quilts.
  • Fundraising. Our main fundraiser is an all-quilting garage sale in September. We need people to sort donations and plan for the sale throughout the year .
  • Publicity. Use your writing and/or speaking skills to spread the word about our program.

If you’re interested, please contact us for more information.

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.

CCQ to exhibit at Old Aurora quilt show

Old Aurora MuseumCoffee Creek Quilters will exhibit during two days of Old Aurora Colony Museum’s 44th Annual Quilt Show, “Home at Last — An Aurora Sampler.” CCQ members will be at the show with examples of our students’ quilts on October 14 and 15. The quilt show runs October 14-23, 2016, 10 am to 4 pm daily.

The Old Aurora Quilt Show celebrates the 160th anniversary of the founding of the Aurora Colony in 1856 AND the 50th anniversary of the Old Aurora Colony Museum. Nearly 100 traditional and contemporary quilts will be exhibited throughout the Museum and the historical Kraus House adjacent to the Museum, augmented by antique historical quilts from the Museum’s extensive collection.

There will be other special exhibits during the quilt show including Quilts of Valor, a presentation by fiber artist and quilter Isaac Yoder, a display of 1800’s quilted skirts, petticoats, and bonnets collected by Cathy Harper, a quilt block contest, and more. Please visit the Museum’s website for details.

The Old Aurora Colony Museum is located at 15018 Second Street NE, Aurora, OR.