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CCQ prison quilting program donates 136 quilts

Quilt donationsStudents in the Coffee Creek Quilters prison quilting program made 136 quilts for donation in 2015. We polled our students and learned that they were particularly interested that the quilts should go to children’s bereavement programs and foster kids programs. Here’s the breakdown showing how many quilts each organization on our list received last year.

Kinship House – 40
Casa, Jackson County – 20
Meridian Park Hospital – 21
Providence Elder Place – 20
VA Assisted Living, Medford – 15
Emmanuel House – 20

Each student in the CCQ program makes two quilts for donation and a third quilt that they either keep or give to a loved one.

CCQ quilts on display at Canby Library

Canby Quilt ShowQuilts made by women incarcerated at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility are on display at the Canby Public Library until April 26th. The exhibit also includes quilts made by instructors in the Coffee Creek Quilters program. Instructor-made quilts are available for purchase as part of our fundraising efforts.

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.

Quilting at a men’s prison

SRCI prison quilting programSeveral years ago, CCQ published a document to help others start similar programs teaching quilting in prisons. We’re thrilled to hear that Snake River Correctional Institution has done just that. SRCI is a men’s prison in Malheur County, Oregon.

Five men participate in the SRCI program, meeting four hours each week for 18 months to make donation quilts. So far, the quilting program has given away 17 quilts to community agencies including Harvest House, Treasure Valley Children’s Relief Nursery and the in-house hospice unit at SRCI.

The Malheur County Argus Observer newspaper recently published a touching feature story about the SRCI quilting program. We’re providing a link to “Prison inmates crafting care” so you can learn more about it.

If you’re interested in starting a prison quilting program in your area, we invite you to read The Coffee Creek Quilters Program: A Guide for Starting Quilting Classes in Correctional Facilities.