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Coffee Creek Quilters now accepting fabric and supply donations

Coffee Creek Quilters is once again accepting donations of fabric and sewing supplies in support of the quilting instruction we provide to women at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. Donations are directed either to the classroom or to our annual sale, our yearly fundraiser that provides the quilting program with financial support for items we do not receive as donations. Donations in kind that cannot be used by the quilting program are donated to other local charitable organizations.

Here are our donation guidelines:
• 100% cotton quilting weight fabric (no poly blends, please)
• 100% cotton pre-cut fabric such as fat quarters, jelly rolls, layer cakes, etc.
• Quilt kits, panels, and patterns
• Quilting books less than ten years old
• Cotton or 80/20 cotton/polyester batting, minimum size 60 by 80 inches
• Rotary cutters, cutting mats, thread, scissors, pins, needles, and other quilting notions
• Portable sewing machines in good working condition

We are unable to accept the following items and kindly ask that you save them for an organization that can put them to good use:
• Fabrics (100% polyester, bedsheets, cotton knits, homespun, etc.)
• Sergers
• Quilting frames
• Sewing tables
• Quilting magazines
• Quilting books more than ten years old

Please do not drop donations off at the prison. For more information or to arrange for a pick-up or to drop-off of your fabric and/or supplies, please contact Coffee Creek Quilters at:

Phone: 503.257.1320
Email: coffeecreekquilters@yahoo.com

Our pandemic activities

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During the pandemic, CCQ hasn’t been able to teach quilting classes at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, but that doesn’t mean our members have been idle. We’ve been making quilts for donation, learning new quilting skills, and organizing our sewing spaces.

Gail Norby, who teaches in our Tuesday evening class, made the stunning quilt shown here. She took on the project as a pattern tester for Legit Kits, a company that offers paper pieced patterns and kits. It measures 60″ x 80″ and includes 115 different fabrics from her stash. Quilting is by Sally Eagleman, a longarm quilter with our program. Gail plans to hang this quilt in her sewing room.

A CCQ student publishes her memoir

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Karen Campbell was convicted of a felony for driving intoxicated and causing a fatal car crash that killed two people. She served six years at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility and has now published a book about her experiences. Falling: Hard Lessons and the Redemption of the Woman Next Door is available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle versions.

In her memoir, Karen describes her life before the accident, the harsh realities of prison life, and the path to atonement after release from prison. As she says:

“Falling is the story of how a middle-aged mom learns to navigate life on the Inside. Over the six years I was incarcerated, I learned how to eat a meal in 10 minutes with a spork. I learned obedience and humility. I learned lurid slang. I learned how to keep my mouth shut. I learned how to mother from behind bars, miles from my teenage daughters. And finally, I learned how to love the unloveable, including myself.”

During her time at CCCF, Karen participated in the Coffee Creek Quilters program. She made two quilts for charity and one to keep. Her personal quilt is a beach scene, illustrating her dream for release. Here’s what Karen has to say about her experiences in our program:

“My teacher from the Coffee Creek Quilters, Marjorie, was both an angel and an artist. Her quilts were landscapes and had international renown. She treated me as a student, and fellow human being who dreamed in colors besides beige and prison blue. Creating the quilt was a hands-on example of the skills I would need for parole. Marjorie encouraged me to challenge myself, step back, evaluate, make adjustments, and try again, eyes on the prize. After I released, I hung the landscape quilt of the Caribbean above my bed. Nine years, two months and five days after I was released from prison, the quilt still hangs in its place above my bed. My gratitude to the Coffee Creek Quilters.”