Weekly Posts thru Dec. 1st, 2023

It’s Renewal Time Again!

Once again it is time to renew your membership with the Oregon Coastal Quilters Guild.

Dues are $25 for one year (starting Jan. 1, 2024), and if you would like to have your membership directory mailed to you, it is an additional $4. Dues should be received by December 31, 2023 so that production of the directory can get started.

Please fill out a Membership Application (even if you are already a member), and select any committee boxes that you are interested in participating in. We are a volunteer organization and rely on our members to help keep our guild able to provide activities for us. It’s also a great way to get to know more people in the guild. If you have no changes to your printed information since the last directory, just write in your name and write in large letters “No Change” and you don’t need to fill the top section out any further.

You can mail your payment and Membership Application to:

Patti Stephens
PO Box 1471
Philomath, OR 97370

I am also able to accept credit cards, but need a text or phone call first to make sure I have the Square set up. My phone number is 541-760-9380.


Patti Stephens
Membership Committee

SMOOCHIE Workshop February 9 2024

Date: Friday, February 9, 2024
Time: 9:00 AM to 12: PM
Instructor: Karen Walker
Price: $35. Pattern: $6


Smoochie makes a fun Valentine table topper or Tummy Time play mat for
that special little one! Fat quarter Friendly and the best part is the border!
Created by using the leftover trimmings from Corner Triangles. Curious?
Join us for the Smoochie workshop!

Smoochie Workshop flyer (PDF)

Share the Love at our December 14th Guild Meeting

This is the season of giving and thankfulness, please don’t forget the less fortunate in Lincoln County. We are urging everyone to please bring food items for the needy and any new or slightly used items below for the houseless that come to Don’s Place for shelter to our December Pot Luck on Dec 14, 12:30.
There will be games and prizes too.
Don’t forget your Holiday placemat and table service.
Jane Szabo

o Instant Oatmeal (in packets or paper “insta” cups)
o Ground Coffee
o Sugar (in packets)
o Frozen breakfast burritos
o Cans of soup: Beefy, Meaty kinds
o Trail mix snacks (individual small, individual bags)
o Paper cups for hot drinks (compostable—no Styrofoam)
o “To Go” cups w/lids (compostable –no Styrofoam)
o Paper plates
o Paper bowls (for oatmeal, soup, etc.)
o Paper towels
o Toothbrushes, toothpaste
o Hand wipes, Diaper wipes & Body wipes (in small packages—)
o Warm socks (men’s sizes)
o Warm gloves
o Tarps (small, med & large)
o Rain ponchos
o Boots (Used hiking, outdoor, winter—men’s sizes.)
o Waterproof pants (Used winter sport, hiking, outdoor type)
o Large (Ikea) plastic bags

OCQG Blog Posts 11/12/23-11/17/23

Online Auction Results

Our Online Auction is now complete and was a great success. Thank you to all who donated items for the Auction. We had 37 Items and were very successful in receiving multiple bids on many of the items. We sold $3363.33. Our winning bidders were 9 guild members and 7 non guild members. The Auction was viewed 4788 times, and 89 bids were made.
Thank you also to our great committee that worked our way through this relatively new activity.

Chris Benedetti

Meeting Minutes

Nov. 9th Meeting Minutes (PDF)

Nov 16th Executive Board Minutes (PDF)

Going forward Members, we will be send out 1 (one) blog email that will cover a weeks worth of announcements, so there will usually be more that one item to read in each email.


Latimer Nov-Dec 2023 Newsletter

84 Latimer Nov. Dec. 2023 Newsletter (PDF)

Guild Quilt Retreat & Online Auction

Calling all quilt Retreaters!  Retreat spaces are still available!  Please contact Gail Chipman Gail Chipman to reserve your room (rooms with bathroom still available) or RV space (which includes 3 meals a day).  Deposit of $50  can be mailed to Gail Chipman (checks made out to OCQG).
Contact Viki West about her Eugene retreat at Aldersgate and ask any questions you may have.
We are looking forward to another wonderful retreat, filled with great times and lots of fun!
Gail Chipman, Patti Stephens, JoAnne Sedlacek, Viki West
The online Auction starts on Saturday the 14th of October.  You can follow the action/Auction at Thank you the many members that donated their lovely items and thank you to the people that have helped with this effort.
Chris Benedetti

October Meeting Cancelled

It has been moved (Jean Amundson) and seconded (Nan Scott) that the October meeting of the OCQG and the workshop that was scheduled for Friday be cancelled.  Jane Szabo received an email from Colleen Wise the Oct lecture and workshop presenter.  She tested positive for Covid on Thursday, Sept. 28.
Executive board Ayes include:                              No Nayes
Betty Wilson
Pam Grindell
Nan Scott
Barbara Kinzel
Chris Benedetti
Jean Amundson
Jane Hutmacher
Velma Freudenthal
Jane Szabo
JoAnne Sedlacek
Viki West
Ellen Germaneri
Joy Johnson
Patti Stephens
A quorum is 14, so the motion passes.
Thanks to all.

Darcy de ls Rosa

October Workshop

Please consider signing up for our last workshop of the year, Emerald City Quilt with Colleen Wise teaching.  It is October 13 from 9am to 4pm and is only $65 which includes pattern and lunch.  No need to buy extra rulers either. I will also host 2 of you in my spare bedrooms with bathrooms Thursday night with dinner if you don’t want to drive back to the valley. (I could fit 4 if you want to share a queen bed).

Please spread the word and bring a friend.  You can make this modern or traditional depending on fabric choices.

Please consider this workshop.

Jane Szabo

Pacific Maritime Heritage Center

For Immediate Release

Date: October 7, 2023

From: The Pacific Maritime Heritage Center & the Lincoln County Veterans Resource Center

Contact Persons: Susan Tissot, Executive Director, PMHC, 541-265-7509 or AND Keith Barnes, Lincoln County Veterans Resource Center Officer, 541-265-0571 or

Event: The Veterans Quilt Project Exhibit Opening, Thursday, October 12, 2023, 4-6 PM at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center, Newport, Oregon

Exhibition Run Dates: October 13, 2023 – January 14, 2024

The Pacific Maritime Heritage Center (PMHC) in partnership with the Lincoln County Veterans Resource Center, the Oregon Coast Quilters Guild and the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs is proud to announce the opening reception for the PMHC’s newest exhibition, The Veterans Quilt Project. The exhibit is a two-part exhibition, featured on the Mezzanine Gallery at the PMHC, and includes 20 quilts made for veterans by members of the Oregon Coast Quilters Guild and a digital version of the I Am Not Invisible (IANI) exhibition from the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs. The Veterans Quilt Project exhibition opens on October 12, 2023, with a 4-6 PM reception. Light refreshments will be provided, and the reception is free and open to the public. Some on-site parking is available.

The Veterans Quilt Project exhibit commemorates the lives of veterans through quilts made for, presented to, and owned by veterans serving in all branches of the military. Behind every quilt is a unique human story and an opportunity to forge connections between civilians and veterans. Twenty veterans are represented in The Veterans Quilt Project exhibit which shares veteran’s quilts and personal stories of life after the military. The digital version of the IANI exhibit features stories of Oregon Women Veterans to raise awareness of the diverse women veteran community and their contributions to our military.

“To many times Veterans are boxed into only what they did while in the military.” Explained Keith Barnes (USAF Veteran) Lincoln County Veterans Service Officer. “We wanted to focus on what the veteran did outside of the military. Many forget that the time we spent in is very little compared to what we spend out. Many veterans go on to be leaders in our community, volunteer, become first responders, raise families, coach little league teams, and even write books. But sometimes when people hear we are veterans they only focus on what we did in the military.  I think these are important stories to tell.”

“Approximately 10% of Lincoln County residents are veterans. Veterans bring extraordinary backgrounds and skill sets to the communities they reside in and yet there is a lot of misinformation that circulates about veterans. We think it is important to share the stories of the people in our community and this exhibit is an excellent example of a safe and interesting way to do so.” Stated Susan Tissot, Executive Director, Lincoln County Historical Society.

The Veterans Quilt Project exhibit is featured at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center from October 12, 2023 though January 14, 2024. Admission rates apply; LCHS members, children aged 12 and under and active-duty military get in free. During The Veterans Quilt Project exhibit run, museum admission is free for veterans and their spouses; sponsored by the Lincoln County Veterans Resource Center, the Lincoln County Historical Society, and the City of Toledo.

About the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center

The Pacific Maritime Heritage Center, located at 333 SE Bay Blvd in Newport’s Historic Bayfront, is one of two historic properties operated by the nonprofit Lincoln County Historical Society. The 30,000 sq ft flagship site, features panoramic views of Yaquina Bay, two changing exhibit galleries, three permanent galleries, the 121seat Doerfler Family Theater and a Museum Store. The theater includes an 18 ft screen and a self-serve menu of 15 short historic films for the museum visitor to select from. Hours of operation are Tuesday – Sunday 11 am – 4 PM. Onsite parking is available. Admission rates apply. Admission is free to LCHS Members, Active-Duty military, and children 12 & under. Family and group rates available.

Serving the public since 1948, the LCHS preserves the collective memory of Lincoln County and includes the Log Cabin Research Library Archive and 1895 Burrows House located at 545 SW 9th St., Newport. A sampling of historic images from the LCHS collection can be seen at: For more information visit: or call 541-265-7509. Follow us on Instagram @lincolnco.historicalsociety or Twitter @maritime_center.

Update from the nominating committee

The nominating team is working on our slate of officers for the next year and we wanted to keep you informed and updated as to where we are at this time.
President Darcy delaRosa, Vice President Joy Johnson, Secretary Pat Laub have all graciously agreed to serve another term for the 2024 year.
Janet Sylvester, our current treasurer will be stepping out of this position after serving for many years.  A big THANK YOU to Janet for doing this job for our guild over all of these years.  She has agreed to train and mentor the person that is nominated for this position.
We are asking that if any of you guild members have any skills in the area of treasurer and accounting, or bookeeping that you please contact us.  We need your skills and help!
Thank you in advance!
Please contact Joy Johnson at 530-368-2072
Thanks for your consideration and service.
Joy Johnson
Nominating Committee Chairperson

Vest & Jackets

The order for vests and jackets will be at the meeting on Thursday. Please come and pick yours up or call to make arrangements to pick up from me at home. I will be leaving town on September 20th and be gone until October 13th or 14th.

Somebody said they wanted a hoodie with the emblem on it in large and so I did order one of those. For whomever that is, please let me know. If not, it will be up for grabs. It really is nice and comfy.


September Block of the Month

A school of paper pieced fish!  There are five different color ways, so you only need to sew one (but you can make multiples and have more chances to win.)

Upcoming Events – Online Auction Closing Soon


NOTE: September meeting is in the EVENING

Sept 14, 5:30 Table Walk and 6 pm Guild Meeting.

The original speaker for September had to cancel due to a death in her family.  I have worked hard to come up with a substitute.  The decision is, “All things Kaleidoscope”.
Come and see how to make a Kaleidoscope quilt. Jan McQueen will tell you of her experience with those quilts and show some. She will tell how the next raffle quilt is being made.  Please bring any Kaleidoscope Quilts for Show and Share that you have made and tell us how wide you cut the strips? And what size triangle you used?  45, 60, or other?

Jean Amundson’s “Beginning Machine Quilting”, has a few openings on Saturday, Sept 16, 9-4, only $40.  See Lynn Moody at Guild meeting to sign up.

Colleen Wise is coming to town to present Guild lecture, Casting Shadows, and a workshop.  Emerald City quilt is strip pieced, simple, elegant and has a 3 dimensional effect.
Colleen was recommended as a funny, exciting teacher so don’t miss out on our last workshop of the year.
Oct 13, 9-4, Emerald City Quilt, including pattern, $65.

See Lynn Moody at Guild meeting to sign up, get supply list and pay for this workshop.
Email Jane Szabo if you can’t attend the Sept Guild meeting,

Jane Szabo, Program/Workshop Chair


Latimer has some interesting quilting classes coming up in September with Helene Knott. There is also a Sashiko class coming up in November.

There is also a Sashiko class coming up in November.

83 September October 2023 supplement


Hello Everyone
We’re closing in on the Online Auction.  This is just a last-minute reminder that we are close to the closing day for donations from all of you.  Remember the money made in this auction goes directly into our general fund.   It is a cushion in our budget to keep our dues low and continue our special work done for the community and the Veterans.  We could always use more quilts.  The ones we have will make you so proud.  The main depot is now in Newport so please contact Velma Freudenthal.  If you are closer to Yachats contact Viki West.  And if you are north contact Rosanne Berton in Lincoln City.  They are in the directory.  You can also call me for information 206-707-3919.
Thanks for your help.
Chris Benedetti


Oregon Coastal Quilters Guild 2024 Retreat Information

2024 Guild Retreat Information 

In case you attend the guild meetings on Zoom and couldn’t hear well, here is the information about our 2024 retreat and the new venue.

Dates: Check in Tuesday, April 23, check out Friday April 26.

Cost: Rooms, including all meals $340.00 each

RVs, full hook ups, including all meals $190.00 each

A $50 deposit to hold your space is due by the October guild meeting.  If you won’t be attending the meetings you can mail your deposit to

Gail Chipman at 294 NW Armstrong Way, Corvallis OR 97330.  Your final payment if due by the January meeting.

We will be at the Aldersgate Camp and Retreats located in Turner Oregon.  If you are coming on I-5 take the Enchanted Forest exit and follow the signs east to Turner.  Go through Turner and Aldersgate is immediately at the east edge of town.  Aldersgate is a faith based camp and retreat center.  The main building, Aldersgate Lodge, had 24 sleeping rooms.  Each room has a twin bed, a double bed, and a flip down bunk bed.  The bathroom has a shower and toilet, the sleeping room has a vanity with a sink and mirror.  The rooms are not fancy, but they are clean and the beds are comfortable.  Half the building is sleeping rooms and the other half is kitchen and two dining rooms.  The dining rooms are quite large so we can all dine at the same time.

Pinewood Lodge has more beds in each room and a bathroom at each end of the building.  If you want a triple or a quad, and someone doesn’t want to sleep in the bunk bed then Pinewood Lodge is for you.  Linens are $20 extra at Pinewood Lodge, or you can bring your own.  Pinewood is up a hill but there is plenty of parking by the main lodge if you want to drive down each day.

There are full hook ups available for RVs at a greatly reduced price.

The rooms don’t have a fridge but there is a full sized refrigerator at the back of the second dining room for any retreater’s use.

We get lunch and dinner Tuesday; breakfast, lunch and dinner Wednesday and Thursday; and breakfast Friday.  Aldersgate is very conducive to special needs meals.  You go to the kitchen window and tell them you ordered a vegetarian, vegan, or gluten free meal, and they will hand you your plate.

We sew in a large auditorium with plenty of room to spread out; the ceilings are high so you may want to bring your own light.  The auditorium is a few steps from Aldersgate Lodge.  There will be a coffee and tea cart in the sewing room; and you can bring any snacks you want – i.e. fruit, nuts, candy, or cookies.  Alcohol is not allowed.  If we enjoy being at Aldersgate and want to go back for our next retreat we need to respect their rules.

Activities will include a game night, a voluntary 2 ½” strip exchange, demos showing different ways to use 2 ½” strips, and some free patterns using the strips.  Please indicate if you want to participate in the strip exchange when you sign up for the retreat.  After sign ups are closed we will let you know how many 2 ½” X WOF batik strips to bring to the retreat.  They will be redistributed and you will get a bag of strips that contains the same number you brought.

Please reach out to any one of the committee members (info in the membership booklet) if you have specific questions about the retreat or facilities.  The committee will have more details and will keep you posted as we get closer to our retreat date.

Retreat committee:         Gail Chipman

Patti Stephens

JoAnne Sedlacek

Viki West


September Presenter cancellation & Online Auction

Hi Quilters,
The September presenter has had to cancel due to a death in her family.  The program is up in the air now.  Does any member or friend of member want to give a program on something quilting related?  Maybe Knotty Ladies has some knowledge of appliqué or antique quilts?  How about any other quilting groups have some good ideas for us quilters?  Please email soon with ideas to fill our open program, Sept 14.

Any ideas are welcome even if you don’t want to present, we might find someone else that will.

Jane Szabo
Reluctant Program Chair still looking for replacement


Hello Everyone
There is still time to donate to the Guild’s Online Auction.  If there is a quilt that no longer fits in with your decor or it just didn’t turn out like you would like this is the opportunity for you to support the guild.  The Depot people are located from Yachats to Lincoln City and are willing to meet you and collect the donations.  The form to fill out is very simple.  The name of the pattern and designer, your name, the quilter and a little story about the quilt or you.  The opportunity to set a value is also on the form.
We would like to have them by the 6th of September, so we can work on most of the pricing.  We understand if you want to turn them in on the morning of the Guild meeting on the 14th.  We will be at the Newport library that day taking pictures of the auction items.  All of the money received in the Auction goes into the General Fund to support the needs of the guild.  Please give this some thought. We currently have some really lovely items that will make our guild proud.  We have distributed our Postcards at our Show and they will be handed out at the State Fair, so many people around the state will see the quality work of the OCQG.
The Depots are:
Yachats—-Vickey West,
Waldport (until Sept 1) —-Jane Szabo,
Newport —Velma Freudenthal, and
Lincoln City— Rosanne Berton.   T
hey are all listed in the Directory so give them a call and arrange to have your quilt in the Auction.  You can call me with any questions.
Thank you in advance
Chris Benedetti

Finishing School

Finishing School will be meeting on August 24 from 10 to 4 at the Carriage House at the Lincoln County Historical Museum at 545 SW 9th St, Newport. It is a great time to work on a project without being interrupted. You may bring your machine or hand work we will have an iron there for you to use. You may come at any time and stay as long as you like. Bring a sack lunch or go out what ever you would rather do. It is also a great way to get to know other guild members and get help on a project that you need advice on. Fun time is had by all.

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