CCQ sponsors journal-making activity

TACE 2015CCQ members gave moms incarcerated at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility the opportunity to make journals with their kids at the prison’s annual TACE event on July 11 and 12.

TACE is Through A Child’s Eyes, an annual summer event sponsored by Wilsonville Rotary where Moms and kids take part in interactive games, crafts, and other activities. They enjoy a BBQ meal together and discuss what is happening in their children’s lives. Between children, moms, volunteers and staff, about 800 people attended this year.

CCQ provided supplies for participants to make journals — matte board donated by local frame shops for covers, paper inserts, and fabric ties to make them into books. The women and their children put their artistic ideas together and came up with amazing creations. Many of the moms wrote meaningful entries in the journals for their kids.

CCQ board member Betty DeHaven and her husband Dave took charge of the activity again this year. “We are constantly encouraged by seeing the connection between mother and child, and the satisfaction and seeing the nurturing that takes place. We consider it a privilege to be part of this event,” Betty said.

A sweet story from Quilter’s Corner

Quilters CornerWe heard a sweet story this week from Beaverton’s Quilter’s Corner quilt shop. One of their customers decided to celebrate her birthday by buying $100 in fabric to donate to the Coffee Creek Quilters prison quilting program. We don’t know who the anonymous donor is, but we truly appreciate her generosity. We are also grateful for Quilter’s Corner’s support of our program. Owner Deb Messina often features CCQ in her monthly newsletter and the shop serves as a drop-off location for donations of fabric, sewing machines, and quilting supplies. You can learn more about Quilter’s Corner and sign up for their newsletter on their website,

Prison-made quilts go to kids in foster care

CCQ receives thanks for donationsCCQ recently donated quilts made in our classes at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility to Kinship House, a Portland nonprofit that serves kids in foster care. We received a touching thank-you letter.

Dear Coffee Creek Quilters,

We truly appreciate your selecting Kinship House as the beneficiary of your efforts. Your decision to provide your handmade quilts to children in foster care was heart felt and very touching.

We had several children walk up with wide eyes to the selection available and touch the blankets with hesitant hands, as though they could not believe that something so beautiful could be meant for them.

One young girl was told by her foster parents that she already had enough blankets at home, that she did not need another one. But for several weeks she would ask to see a certain quilt, blue and brown with pictures of kittens. For some reason this particular quilt called to her. Finally she convinced her Dad to let her trade in one of her blankets to be able to take that blanket home. The day she was allowed to carry it out the door, she cradled it in her arms so tenderly. I am sure that blanket will be with her for many years.

Everyone who heard where the quilts came from understood the importance of the connection between those making the quilts and the children and families receiving them. They felt the love, the sorrow and the hope that each blanket represented.

We are truly grateful to have been a part of your program!


Tia Shows
Kinship House


You can learn more about Kinship House at their website.