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Meet our members: the CCQ kitmaking committee

CCQ offers four weekly quilting classes for women incarcerated at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. Every year our students make at least 100 quilts for donation; last year it was 140. Some years ago it became apparent that it would be most efficient to have a kitmaking committee assemble quilt kits for the classes, so member Nancy Pettit offered to start  one.

These days, Nancy and Cindy Pease co-chair the kitmaking committee. They monitor the quilt kit inventory and periodically invite other members to participate in kit making meetings to assemble more kits. They’re pictured here leading a meeting of kit makers and instructors who gathered recently to fine tune the guidelines for kits. For example, patterns for first quilts are simple, with squares and rectangles. Patterns for second quilts are more challenging and usually introduce half square triangles. Other guidelines cover fabric color selection, the size of fabric pieces, labeling, etc.

We are so grateful to Nancy, Cindy, and the other kitmakers for their efforts. The kitmaking committee is a “behind the scenes” effort that helps to make our classes and organization run smoothly.

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Instructor needed for Tuesday evening class

Instructor needed

CCQ needs an additional instructor to join the team teaching our Tuesday evening class. Instructors teach the basics of quilting: reading a pattern, operating a sewing machine, sewing a quarter inch seam, and all of the skills needed to complete three quilts. The open position is a “rover” who will help a variety of students at different stages of their progress or fill in where extra help is needed.

Instructors must have at least advanced-beginner quilting skills, and a willingness to work with a wide variety of student learning styles. Prior teaching experience is not required, but patience, good listening skills, and compassion are essential. Instructors must be able to make a long-term commitment. We hold bimonthly meetings for Instructors from all four classes to talk about common issues that come up in teaching classes to this special population of quilters.

We don’t currently have openings in our other three classes. However, if you’re interested in teaching but unavailable for Tuesday evening, please contact us anyway. We might have other openings later this year.

Please contact us if you’d like to learn more.


Volunteer opportunities

CCQ membersCoffee Creek Quilters needs volunteers. We recently ran the numbers and discovered that the average age of our members is 70. We’re hoping to recruit some younger members to bring fresh ideas and ensure our organization’s long term viability.

Here’s what we need:

  • Instructors. We have openings in our Tuesday morning and Wednesday evening classes. You would need to have at least advanced-beginner quilting skills and a willingness to work with a wide variety of student learning styles.
  • Kit making. Meet with other members to choose fabrics and patterns for student first and second quilts.
  • Fundraising. Our main fundraiser is an all-quilting garage sale in September. We need people to sort donations and plan for the sale throughout the year .
  • Publicity. Use your writing and/or speaking skills to spread the word about our program.

If you’re interested, please contact us for more information.


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