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A sweet story from Medford

Student quiltCoffee Creek Quilters donates around 100 student-made quilts every year to a variety of organizations. Last week we heard a sweet story about one of our donation quilts.

This particular quilt was one of twenty-one donated to CASA of Jackson County in Medford. Diane Campbell, an instructor in our Thursday class had delivered the quilts in January 2015. Last week one of Diane’s students told her that one of her dorm mates had received a photo of her grandbaby who is in foster care in Medford. In the picture, the baby was wrapped in one of our quilts. The label was visible and showed the quilt was made by another dorm mate who is a good friend of the grandma.

We instructors were touched by the story. Mary Shiffer, an instructor in our Wednesday class summed it up nicely for us: “This is a lovely story, proving the interconnectedness of humanity. What we do individually with CCQ is extremely important. I cannot solve the ills of our world by myself but I can change the experiences and attitude of one woman at a time. For each of these women, what they learn about giving, receiving, working hard, sharing, helping, laughing, crying, courage, trusting and more than I could ever name, changes the world for her and also for me. This story reminds me why I even give up Wednesday night Winter Hawks hockey games to be at Coffee Creek. For me, I remember the Christopher Movement motto, ‘It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.'”

CCQ to exhibit at Treasures in the Attic show

Treasures in the atticStudent quilts from the Coffee Creek Quilters prison quilting program will be on display September 19 at the Treasures in the Attic quilt show. Some of our instructor-made quilts will also be on display and available for purchase.

This event includes an opportunity to have your quilts appraised by local experts, a vintage market with collectible quilts, a quilt raffle, and presentations on a variety of topics. Details can be found on the Treasures in the Attic flyer.

Treasures in the Attic will be at the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center, 11275 SW Durham Ln., McMinnville, OR on Saturday, September 19, 9 am to 5 pm.

Columbia FiberArts Guild holds auction for CCQ

Columbia Fiber Arts Guild auctionAn auction held by the Columbia FiberArts Guild on September 7th raised $3814 for Coffee Creek Quilters. CFG has sponsored an auction to benefit CCQ for many years. One of our first instructors, Marjorie Post, started the auction when she was Outreach Chair for the Guild. It has grown over the years from an event that sold a few items to one where hundreds of items are sold.

This year’s auction was designed to be leaner and more focused than previous years. Members could bid on nine beautiful gift baskets filled and donated by Guild members, a number of ‘virtual’ items such as workshops, time at a vacation home, a French dinner, and beautiful handmade items. There were also pre-packaged bags of notions, embellishments and fabric that sold for $5 each. A guest of one of the Guild members from New Zealand even donated $40 after hearing about our program.

CCQ Members Sandy Scarr, Jennifer Rhyne, Rhonda Shoop, Deb Sorem, Gloria Richardson, Mary Ann McCammon and Cathy Gleeson staffed the auction. Deb Micallef donated coffee to go along with member-made cookies.

Columbia FiberArts Guild is a group of fiber artists from Oregon and Southwest Washington. We are most grateful to Guild members for their ongoing support. Please visit the CFG website for more information about this organization.