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CCQ donates quilts for grieving kids

Sandy VickEvery year instructors and students of the Coffee Creek Quilters prison quilting program make quilts for donation to two summer camps for kids who have experienced the death of a loved one.

We make it a quilt “challenge” and this year’s rule was to include the color purple. We vote for our favorites; Sandy Vick earned the most votes in the 2017 challenge with her oh-so-charming appliqued bird quilt.

The quilts will be donated to Camp Erin and Camp Sunrise.

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 ages 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 11-13.

Camp Sunrise is open 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. Administered by Hospice of Redmond, the camp is offered at no charge to up to 40 kids each year who live in Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook counties. This year the three-day, two-night camp will be  held the weekend of June 16-18.

CCQ Fabric Sale/Fundraiser: Saturday, 5/27/17

Fabric saleThe Coffee Creek Quilters Annual Fabric Sale and Fundraiser is this Saturday, May 27, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. It will be at St. Francis Church Parish Hall, 8818 NE Miley Rd, Wilsonville (right off I-5 at the Charbonneau exit). Please download our flyer for details.

All proceeds from the sale will go to support the CCQ prison quilting program.

CCQ student quilts entered in Quilt Index

Oregon Quilt ProjectCathie Gleeson, an instructor in our Tuesday morning prison quilting class, ventured out on the windiest day of the year to have two CCQ student quilts documented at the Oregon Quilt Project’s DocDay in Lake Oswego. Quilt experts at the event identified the blocks, fabric, and batting; measured each block, sashing, border, and the quilt overall; noted quilting patterns and techniques; and photographed the quilts.

Information gathered at DocDay will be entered in the Quilt Index, a project of the Quilt Alliance. The database currently contains records on more than 80,000 quilts. Anyone can access this information 24/7 at no charge.

Quilt historian Mary Bywater Cross encouraged us to have two quilts documented. The quilts chosen are representative of the hundreds of quilts made by women incarcerated at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility for donation to organizations throughout Oregon. Mary explained that the quilts don’t have to be of great value, antiques, or to have traveled the Oregon Trail. They merely need to reflect quilting in Oregon. She believes our students’ quilts qualify as a unique example of the value of quilting. We do too.