April 2020 Newsletter Blog

HAPPY APRIL FOOLS DAY QUILTERS!!  I want to send out a special thank you to Sue Stephenson who has coordinated so many meaningful activities for us during this time when we can’t see one another face to face.  Thank you all for responding to the communities’ needs, whether you are making masks, pillowcases, community or veteran quilts or any of the other activities we do and support.  Thanks as well Maria Hunter for heading up a sewing group for much needed surgical caps and masks.  You can get information about it in our last post update.  Look under Blog/Archives/March 2020.  

I heard some very hopeful news this morning about our state.  Because our governor took such swift action on a “stay in place” order, the virus curve in Oregon may not be as high as first predicted.  A friend in California who is a retired Labor and Delivery nurse and who always manages to make light of things, told me the other day, “You know, there will be a lot of babies born next year.  They’ll be the “Corona Generation”.   She’s right.  Those little ones will be the world’s light at the end of the tunnel.

Also, I asked Nan to give us all some words of encouragement during this unusual time.  Please read her note and enjoy her cute pics at the end of the newsletter.  

Take care and keep sewing,


May Program

Peggy Gelbrich is scheduled to be the featured guest quilter with a trunk show and talk about her work with Coffee Creek Quilting. 

Jane and Janet

May Workshop

Glorious Clams

If we are back to meetings in May we will have a workshop on May 15, with a Peggy Gelbrich.  The Glorious Clam Quilt workshop has a few openings, $55 including pattern.  If we have to cancel due to limited contact, then refunds will be given. 

Jane Szabo

Clam Shell Pattern
New OCQG Logo


Many members have been asking when guild logo clothing will once again be available for purchase. Well, it’s been at least two years since logo clothing has been available. The clothing has most recently featured the specially commissioned images developed to publicize the quilt show: the quilted sailing ship and quilted lighthouse, both designed by Dennis McGregor. This year, Dennis has a new design featuring Yaquina Bay Bridge (with quilts flying from its span). 

Because of the new design, the Merchandising Committee has voted to undertake the planning, ordering, sale, stocking, and distribution of guild logo clothing in addition to printing fabric panels of the new bridge design. 

To help the Merchandising Committee plan, we’d like a rough idea of what clothing members are interested in. So we’d like you to tell us which of the following items you’d most likely actually purchase. 

Keep in mind, however, that we’re only a small group of volunteers and have very little storage space, so we have to offer only a small range of merchandise. Colors and final selections will be limited. Note also that this survey is only to gauge interest and is not your actual order form. At a future guild meeting, we’ll have samples to try on, final prices, and order forms. 

If you have any questions, please call or email Becky Mershon or Judy McCoy. 



Look at the list of the items below and email Judy McCoy ( the quantity, the size(s), and the item name(s) (see bold type below) that you’d actually purchase. Please reply by April 14. Your response can be short, for example: 


• • 

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 

2 (two) XL Denim shirts; and 1 (one) XL T shirt 

Prices are rough estimates based on our last order. All designs will feature the new guild bridge design. M=Medium; L=Large; XL=Extra Large; 2X= XXL; 3X=XXXL; 4X=XXXXL; 5X=XXXXXL 

DENIM SHIRT—WITH SMALL EMBROIDERY ON LEFT CHEST (long sleeve, women’s sizes, cotton) c. $40 

___M ___ L ___XL ___2X ___3X ___4X SWEATSHIRT—CREW NECK, WITH SMALL EMBROIDERY ON LEFT CHEST (long sleeve, adult men’s sizes, poly/cotton) c. $40 

___M ___L ___XL ___2X ___3X ___4X ___5X
FULL-ZIP HOODED SWEATSHIRT—WITH SMALL EMBROIDERY ON LEFT CHEST (long sleeve, adult men’s sizes, poly/cotton) c. $45 

___M ___L ___XL ___2X ___3X ___4X ___5X T SHIRT—CREW NECK, WITH LARGE SILKSCREENED LOGO (short sleeve, adult men’s sizes, 100% cotton) c. $30 

___M ___L ___XL ___2X ___3X ___4X ___5X OTHER (please describe) 


SABLE for April was to be “April Showers.”  If members want to turn that in at the May meeting, assuming we can have one, we could do 2 separate drawings – one for April and one for May.  May SABLE will be “May Flowers.”

I hope everyone stays well. 

Ruth Hutmacher


Retreat Info

 The contract is signed so we are set.  We will be starting signups for the Retreat at the May meeting.  The Retreat Committee hopes everyone is well & we are looking forward to giving you another fun Retreat. 

Retreat Committee:  Georgia, Cyndie W, Gail & Jan McQueen








Small Quilts for the Auction


It’s Time to Quilt!

Since we can’t have guild or other fun times, we’re probably looking around our sewing rooms for potential projects! Now might be a good time to make a small quilt for the quilt show silent auction. Remember, when you turn one in, you can designate a local charity, and your nomination may be chosen to receive half the proceeds from the sale.

As you can see from the enclosed photo, we’ve received four lovely donations already. So fire up those machines and get in on the action! Thanks in advance for your help from Melissa Hollenbeck, Joan Johnson, and Jean Amundson

Suited Up!

A Note From Nan

To all my quilting friends…

“How are you doing?”  I hope that you have heard that question several times over the last couple of weeks as friends and family call to check in.  If you haven’t – now you have heard it from me. I am heartened by the genuine caring of members of the guild.  You are an amazing group of people!

This isolation is hard because we thrive on being together, but it is so important if we are to “flatten the curve” of this pandemic and potentially save thousands of lives conceivably even our own.  I urge you to stay connected, make phone calls to check on your friends and encourage them.  I was looking forward to a trip to Ashville, NC in late April where 10 friends of mine from college were going to gather in a huge rented house and cook and laugh and enjoy being together, but Covid-19 put an end to those plans.  Undaunted, we found a way to connect all 10 of us from coast to coast with a 2-hour Zoom meeting from our computers.  After we worked through some technical difficulties, we had a ton of fun laughing and sharing stories of how we were coping.  Actually, working through the technical problems with ten 73-year-old women was hilarious.  

I encourage you to send a short note to Melissa Hollenbeck to share the ways that you are surviving in these days.  Perhaps they can be collected and posted in subsequent blogs.  To get the ball rolling, I’ll share a few of the things that have helped keep my head above water:

  • Make a point to call at least one friend every day – doesn’t have to be a long conversation – maybe it is just a “how are you doing”, but it is an important connection.
  • Every morning focus on at least 3 things you are thankful for – write them on a sticky note and put them on your bathroom mirror.  That way you will see them every time you wash your hands — and do that frequently too!
  • Daffodils
  • Open your blinds or curtains to take in the outside world.  When I opened the blinds in my sewing room on a recent sunny day, I could see a cheery bunch of daffodils in my neighbor’s yard.  When we slow down and pay attention, Nature speaks in meaningful ways.
  • Find a passion – something to do for a larger cause – make some medical masks, or community quilts, or volunteer to work from home for a non-profit.  Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I go down to my church in Yachats and help distribute worker relief money collected in the community to the many workers in town who have been laid off because of the virus.  I distribute through a sliding window and I am careful to protect myself and practice social distancing, but that simple act brings joy and puts a spring in my step. 
  • Find and try a new healthy recipe, and if you like it, share it in an e-mail to your friends.
  • Establish a routine – wake-up time, bed time, meal time, hobby time so that you get enough sleep and keep your days straight.
  • Laugh and share it.

A positive attitude and a good dose of hope will carry us through these hard times.  I am convinced that we will come through on the other side stronger, kinder, and more compassionate and we will get there together.

Finally, I would like to share a poem by Dawna Markova that I discovered recently.  It was published 20 years ago but so relevant to these days. 

I will not die an unlived life.
I will not live in fear
of falling or catching fire.

I choose to inhabit my days,
to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid,
more accessible;
to loosen my heart
until it becomes a wing,
a torch, a promise.

I choose to risk my significance,
to live so that which came to me as seed
goes to the next as blossom,
and that which came to me as blossom,
goes on as fruit.

Untitled [“I Will Not Die an Unlived Life”] by Dawna Markova, from I Will Not Die an Unlived Life: Reclaiming Purpose and Passion. © Conari Press, 2000.

I love that phrase “I choose to inhabit my days” …  May we all inhabit our days and make them count.


“We’re On a Roll”

And here’s a little upper from Rose Shaw.

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FACE MASK UPDATE (From Sue Stephenson)

We have still not heard from the hospital administration if they do or do not need more face masks from us.  However, in the meantime, I have been made aware from a few members that there are others in need in our communities for masks.
Oceana Foods in Newport has posted a sign on their door requesting face masks for their workers. Additionally, Avamere Rehab in Newport is apparently also requesting donations of masks. If you decide to take masks to either of these locations, please let me know how many and when you dropped them off so I can add those numbers to the list.
One of our members, Maria Hunter, has family working at Salem Hospital and they have asked her for masks and surgical caps.  Maria has the pattern for the caps and has in fact made 50 of them herself.  I believe they want masks that will accommodate a filter inserted, but I might be confusing this with some other request.  I have asked Maria, and she has agreed, to head up this effort and field any questions.  Please call or email Maria Hunter, (cell) 406-431-6018
All of these are very worthy of our time, energy and resources.  I have some 1/4″ elastic available if you decide to pitch in, and I would be happy to deliver it to you.  We do have some masks made by members that came in after my delivery to the hospital this past Wednesday, and both Holly at Quilters’ Cove in Newport and Lee Palmer’s Tax office in Waldport are leaving their “drop boxes” available just inside their entrance doors for face masks.
We have had 17 members sign up to make “house blocks” for our mobile round robin challenge.  Anyone who signed up will be receiving an email with the first set of instructions, hopefully today if I can figure our how to do a group mailing!
I sure miss seeing all of you.  Please stay safe and healthy, physically and mentally, and take comfort that we all have homes and families for shelter and comfort during this challenging time.  And most of all, keep sewing!

OCQG General Meeting Minutes March 12, 2020

The meeting was called to order by Vice-President, Meralee Wilson at 1 p.m.


  • Membership was reminded to turn off cell phones during the meeting.
  • Rogue Valley Show, May 8 – 9 in Grants Pass.
  • Azalea Quilt Guild Show, Brookings, May 23 – 24. Entry open until April 27th.
  • Minutes

Correction was made to the February General Meeting Minutes, Twy started Documentation in 2000 with quilts made before 1960.  Jackie Stankey moved to accept the minutes as corrected.  Motion was seconded by Renee Dickerson and passed by a voice vote of the membership.

Committee Reports


Twy Hoch announced the next Quilt Documentation will be in Newport on June 13th.

Veterans’ Quilts Project

Twy Hoch reported that there will be a presentation of quilts to Veterans on March 20th in Waldport at Bayshore at 1 p.m.  There will be a Sew-In at Bayshore on March 27th.

Finishing School

Karen Oetjen reported that Finishing School will be March 4th from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Carriage House, Newport.

2020 Raffle Quilt

Roseanne Burton reported that Quilt ticket envelopes are ready for pick up.  101 tickets were sold at Family Fabrics in Waldport.  Quilt is currently on display at Quilters Cove, Newport.  Let the committee know if you are able to take quilt to other shows.

2020 Challenge

Jean Amundson reported that members can sign up with her or Velma Freudenthal.  The challenge will honor the 1920 Election which permitted women to vote in every state.  The quilts are to be turned in at the June meeting in a brown paper bag.

Small Quilt Auction

Jean Amundson reminded the membership that there will be a Small Quilt Auction at the Quilt Show with half of the donation to go to a local 501c3.  Talk with Jean for further information.


Maria Hunter reported 64 members present, 3 guests and a current membership of 190.


Jane Szabo and Janet DeSau announced that there will be a Paperless Paper Piecing Workshop on May 15th, sign-up at the table.  Next month program will be presented by Marilyn Forestell.

2021 Guild Retreat

Georgia Sabourin reported sign-up will start at the May membership meeting.  Dates for the Retreat are February 2nd – 5th and the Willamette Valley Quilt Festival in Albany is February 5th.  Information will be available in April.

2020 Quilt Show

Darcy de la Rosa reminded the group that space is still available on the committee sign-up sheet.

Leaders still needed are Demonstrations, Outdoor Signs, Parking, Set-Up Assistant, Treasure Hunt,

Clear Out Coordinator, Set-Up Assistant, Table Coordinator.  See Darcy to sign-up.

Quilt Show Kick-Off Meeting will be next Thursday, Marcy 19th at 1:15 p.m. following the Executive

Board Meeting.

Community Quilters

Sue Stephenson reported that she received a Thank You from Sea Shore Literacy.  The closet is low on inventory, 50 quilts were delivered last week.  Special need for burrito style pillowcases, pattern information on the website.

April General Membership Meeeting

Merralee Wilson announced the April meeting will be a day time meeting, table walk at 12:30 p.m., meeting at 1 p.m.  Night meetings start in May.


Janet DeSau introduced Cynthia Brunz from Eugene who presented a very informative  program on “scrap quilting”.  She learned how to quilt from her grandmother who kept a basket of scraps under her sewing machine.  Cynthia shared her method of baskets of scraps by color and said colors influence her quilts.  She reminded us that “Quilting is More Fun Than Hosuework”.


Teecia Cornelius reported next month fabric, April Showers.

S.A.B.L.E. drawing winners were Janet Sylvester, Pam Grindell, Jan McQueen, Lana Preiz and Meralee Wilson.

Drawings and Prizes

  • Extra Drawings – Darcy de la Rosa won a candle.
  • Cynthia Block won by Rosanne Burton and Nan Scott
  • Nifty Notions was  Jumbo Clips won by Elda-Lee Carnes.
  • Quilters Surprise was a Thread Spool Clock won by Linda Patrick.
  • Rec Center Quilts

Debbie Mosley has requested Animal Quilts for hanging in May.

Block of the Month

  • Cyndie Wenz reported Hop Scotch Block next month.
  • Drawing of Hearts Squares – winners Pam Grindell and Marylynn Kleeman

Show and Share

  • Cyndie Wenz showed a Quilters tote bag in shades of orange.
  • Jane Szabo shared a Sewing Machine Cover, a Black and White Music Quilt that was made for the PAC auction and a Weather baby quilt top.
  • MaryLynn Kleemen showed a President’s Day Silhouette wall hanging.
  • Judy McCoy shared a Baby Quilt in purples and green.
  • Cindy McEntee  showed her Elephant “John” quilt that she made for her Grandson and a Scrap Quilt made from bright African Fabric.
  • Twy Hoch  shared a Veterans Quilt Wall Hanging made from one of the Challenge squares.
  • Twy Hoch, Nan Scott and AnneMarie Kent showed their sweatshirt creations.
  • Maria Hunter shared a reusable shopping bag, a beautiful Indian Horse quilt, a multicolored patch quilt and an Elizabeth Hartman many colors quilt top.
  • Dolores Thomas showed a Sand, Surf and Sun embroidered and appliqued quilt for the Small Quilt Auction. 
  • Penni Myers shared an Old Fashioned Quilt  and a bag made in shades of blue.
  • Teecia Cornelius showed an Eastern Oregon Horsey Quilt.
  • The meeting was adjourned at 3:00 p.m.


Respectfully submitted by Marian Brown, co-Secretary OCQG

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