A thank-you for our quilts

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We received this lovely thank you note from Camp Erin for the quilts our instructors made as part of our 2020 quilt challenge.

Most years Camp Erin offers an overnight camp that provides emotional support and grief education for children and teens ages 6 to 17 who have experienced the death of a loved one. In-person events were cancelled in 2020, but alternate activities, including art kits, group video chats, and a quilt for each participant were still offered. This year there were 73 participants.

You can view the quilts we donated to Camp Erin on our 2020 Quilt Challenge page.

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.

We think Celia’s quilts are beautiful!