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CCQ featured in Homespun

The Coffee Creek Quilters prison quilting program was featured this month in the Australian crafting magazine Homespun. “Crafting with Conviction” shows how teaching handcrafts in jails and prisons can have a therapeutic effect.

In addition to our program, two others were also featured in the article.

Fine Cell Work operates in 31 prisons across England and Wales. They train men and women to do high quality, paid, creative needlework. Participants learn the skills in a group setting, then continue their projects in their cells.

The Australian Soft Toy Program and Sit and Knit are for community-based offenders who aren’t incarcerated. Volunteers teach participants to make toys, quilts, scarves, hats, jumpers, and blankets in a group setting. They learn new skills while improving social connections.

We invite you to read this excellent article.

Prison quilting, Women in prison

A peak inside CCQ’s Thursday class

Thursday classFor a peak inside CCQ’s Thursday class, we invite you to click on over to Missouri Star Quilt Company’s blog where they posted the top three winners of the latest Stitched Together essay contest. Second place went to an instructor in our Thursday class who wrote about her experiences with our prison quilting program.

MSQC had invited their customers to share stories about how quilting made their lives better, touched their heart, or used their quilting skills to make someone else’s life better. The stories will be included in the next edition of MSQC’s Stitched Together book.

Women in prison