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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.

CCQ instructors donate pillowcases for foster kids

PillowcasesCoffee Creek Quilters instructors sewed 163 pillowcases this holiday season for donation to the Sleep Country Foster Kids program. This has become an annual tradition that parallels the donation of quilts made throughout the year by students in our prison quilting program.

In addition to pillowcases, Sleep Country accepts donations of pajamas, shoes, clothing, school supplies, coats, and toys. Cash donations are also welcome. Sleep Country started the Foster Kids program in 2005 with the goal of improving the lives of thousands of foster kids in the Northwest. The program makes it possible for foster youth to take part in healthy and productive extracurricular activities, gain independent living skills, and even go to college.

For more information about the Sleep Country program, check out their website.