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CCQ joins an effort to provide comfort for wildfire victims

When we heard that a longarm quilter in Stayton was organizing an effort to provide comfort quilts to victims of the Oregon wildfires, CCQ members joined in. At first, Heather Hendrickson set a goal of 400 quilts. The idea spread through social media and Heather reports she has received at least 1,000 quilts from quiltmakers throughout the United States. In addition to finished quilts, Heather was collecting fabric and quilting supplies for quilters who have lost their homes.

CCQ members donated quilts, fabric, notions, and quilting books to the cause. We are honored to contribute to the community beyond CCCF while we are unable to serve in our usual capacity at the prison.

To learn more about this project, please visit the Salem Statesman Journal website for an article and video.

A CCQ student shares her quilts

Every so often, we hear from women who took our quilting class after they’ve been released from CCCF. Here’s a message we recently received from Celia along with pictures of three of her quilts:

I just wanted to thank you ladies for giving me the opportunity to take the quilting class at Coffee Creek. These are just a couple of quilts I’ve done since being out. The pink one is also a log cabin. Of course I see after the fact of using all black for the dark, it’s harder to see. I thought at the time it was a good idea. Again I truly wanted to thank you for all the knowledge you ladies gave me.
Celia

We think Celia’s quilts are beautiful!

Quilts for Camp Erin

Members of Coffee Creek Quilters made 43 quilts for kids attending Camp Erin this year. We challenge ourselves every year and hold a vote for our favorite three quilts. The wonderful quilt by Dawn Yoshizumi, shown at left, was the winner of this year’s competition. Linda Forbes placed second while third place was a tie between Gail Norby and Nancy Dudley. We invite you to view all of the quilts on our 2020 Quilt Challenge page.

All of the quilts will be donated to Camp Erin, a national program where young people learn to grieve and heal following the death of a loved one. Camp Erin provides a unique opportunity for peer bonding between children and teens facing a similar life circumstance. Funded by Eluna (formerly The Moyer Foundation) and local groups, camps are held in 45 locations in the U.S. and Canada. The camp is free for kids ages 6 to 17. Oregon’s Camp Erin is administered by Providence Hospice of Oregon and is scheduled for August 14-16, 2020. You can learn more about Camp Erin on the Providence website.