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Meet our volunteers: Rachel Wallis

Rachel WallisRadio station KBOO’s Prison Pipeline program recently interviewed CCQ’s Rachel Wallis to share with their listeners about our prison quilting program. Rachel teaches in our Thursday afternoon class.

Rachel was involved in community quilting in Chicago before moving to Portland. She’s an activist who uses art in her organizing work, and an artist who engages in issues of racial and social justice. Rachel believes that traditional textile techniques, and particularly quilting, can provide a platform for creating dialog and understanding around complex ideas and issues.

We invite you to listen to the half hour KBOO interview to learn more about Rachel and our program.

Quilts for donation

Trip Around the WorldHappy new year to all of our wonderful donors and supporters!

We’re thrilled to report that women in the Coffee Creek Quilters prison quilting program made 125 quilts for donation in 2017. The quilts went to Emanuel, Good Samaritan, and Legacy Meridian Park Hospitals, Community Warehouse, and a variety of other programs that support people in need of comfort.

Each student in our program makes three quilts. The first two are for donation while students keep their third quilts. As we work on the first and second quilts, we sometimes speculate about who might receive them. A quilt with super-hero fabric might go to a kid in foster care while one with pink floral fabrics might go to an elderly woman in hospice.

We know that our quilts are much appreciated and look forward to continuing to provide quilts for donation.

CCQ donates quilts to Portland area hospitals

Emanuel quilt donationCCQ instructor Diane Leveton snapped this pic of staff members at Emanuel Hospital when she delivered a stack of quilts made by students in our prison quilting program. The hospital gives comfort quilts to critically ill patients who are in particular need of extra tender loving care.

CCQ also donates quilts to Good Samaritan and Meridian Park Hospitals and to a variety of programs that support people in need of comfort.

Each student in our program makes three quilts. The first two are for donation; students keep their third quilts.