CCQ quilt exhibit at Canby Library

Canby library quilt showQuilts made by women incarcerated at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility will be on display at the Canby Library during the months of March and April. The exhibit will also include quilts made by instructors in the Coffee Creek Quilters program. Instructor-made quilts will be offered for sale as part of our fundraising efforts.

On April 23rd an instructor in one of our classes will make a presentation about our program at the library. The talk starts at 6:30 pm.

The quilt shown at left is typical of a first quilt made by one of our students. Each student makes three quilts in weekly two-hour classes held in the prison dining room.

The Canby library is located at 292 N. Holly, Canby, OR. Please check the Canby Library’s website for their hours.

Quilters Questions

Quilters QuestionsWe were pleasantly surprised to find Coffee Creek Quilters featured in a new book titled Quilters Questions: A book of Curious Queries. This book includes open-ended questions that probe feelings and opinions about quilting related topics such as quilter identity, motivation, sewing friends, quilt designs, etc.

For example, here’s question #3:
If you could host a quilting party with three famous people — living or late — who would be included? Why?

And here are the last two questions:
299. Have you ever donated quilting fabrics or books to a prison quilting program?

300. Since 2002, the Coffee Creek Quilters have taught quilting classes to incarcerated women at a correctional facility in Wilsonville, Oregon. They even offer a 14-page guide from their website on how to start such a program. Have you ever volunteered to teach quilting at a local prison or correctional facility?

Quilters Questions was written by Kyra Hicks and is available from Amazon and other booksellers.

A thank-you to Montavilla Sewing Centers

Montavilla Sewing CentersYesterday several CCQ members showed our appreciation for the support we receive from Montavilla Sewing Centers by bringing a lunch to share with Montavilla owner Brett Moore and his staff. Montavilla has been a huge in-kind CCQ contributor for the past few years. The company services our classroom sewing machines for a highly discounted price. Montavilla also services the donation machines we give our students when they’re released from prison.

Montavilla sells Janome, Viking, Pfaff, and Baby Lock sewing machines and sergers at four locations in the Portland area. They also offer repair and maintenance services, classes for kids and adults, and workshops to improve sewing and quilting skills. For more information about Montavilla’s products and services, please visit their website.