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Minutes of the General Meeting, via Zoom

Oregon Coastal Quilters Guild

July 08, 2021

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

Debbie Mosley moved to approve the minutes of the June 10, 2021 General meeting with the following corrections:

– Online Auction – “preferred small quilts” corrected to read “any size quilt may be donated”

– 2021 Raffle Quilt – Ruth Hutmacher announced should be corrected to “Becky Mershon announced the Merchandise and Raffle” …

–  Lindanne made correction that should read “hospital pillow” not “pillow cases”

Chris Benedetti seconded the motion.  The motion passed and the Minutes were approved as corrected.




Meralee Wilson reported that Sue Stephenson’s husband passed away last moth and that there is a memorial service  planned at the Senior Center in Waldport on July31st.


Meralee Wilson announced that Linda Patrick will be taking over the BLOG and Website for the Guild.

She has designed websites for a living and looks forward to working with the Quilt Guild.

Linda has set up a gmail account for any communication from the Guild –  Many thanks for taking on these responsibilities and a very special THANK YOU to Nan and Melissa for their years of service with the BLOG and Website.


Raffle Tickets – Nan Scott  reported that there are still Raffle Tickets available.  Be sure to return your ticket stubs, money collected and unsold tickets to Nan before July 31st.  Mail to Nan’s PO Box and be sure to return unsold tickets so we can have an accurate account of tickets sold.


Raffle Drawing – Nan reported they are looking at having the Raffle Drawing at the foyer of the Rec Center, Debbie Mosley is checking with Rec Center and Jane Szabo is checking with Atonement Lutheran Church.  It is best if we can have an “inside” location for drawing.  Jean Amundson has written an article for publication and will send it out as soon as a location is secured.


Veteran Projects – Rose Shaw – Next sew-in is not in July as originally posted, it is Wednesday, August 18th from 9:30-3:30 at the Siletz Grange.   Call Betty Wilson to reserve your space.  Good showing at the fair Guild booth, lots of positive comments from the community regarding the Veterans Quilts.


Lincoln County Fair – Nan reported that 882 tickets were sold for the raffle quilt at the fair!!!

Received 13 new Veterans applications and a couple of new members for the Guild.


Virtual Quilt Auction – Chris Beneditti reported that the Quilt Auction will be held on September 6th.

Information is posted on the Guild website, she is looking for a place to take pictures.  Very nice donations for the auction, if you have a special quilt that you don’t have a special person for…consider it to be a “Special Quilt for a Special Guild”.


Table @ SeaTowne – Debbie Mosley asked if someone would be willing to sell raffle tickets at Sea Town on the 4th Friday of July from 10am-3pm.  Vickie West volunteered to take the table.


Virtual Quilt Show – Quilts are due July 31st for the Virtual Quilt Show at the August Guild meeting.


Quilt Challenge Winners –  Nan Scott announced the winners.

1st Place – Jean Amundson – “Along the Path to 30 Years”

2nd Place – Nan Scott – “12-30’s The Clock”

3rd Place – Ruth Hutmacher – “I Said CORVID not COVID”


Workshops – Jane Szabo announced –

Disappearing 9 Patch Sampler, Friday, November 12th on Zoom. Cost $35.

Bumble Bee Blossom workshop with Krista Moser on October 15th & 16th.

Complete information on workshops available on Guild BLOG.


Program – Taking a trip around the world with today’s Trends in Comtemporary Quilt Making Techniques with Luana Reub, a quilt designer since 1980.  See information and quilts on her website:  Her program and photos of the quilts are on her website.  Melissa Hollenbeck was winner of her gift certificate drawing.


Finally Finished Objects:

Karen Oetjen, LA Guild gave top to Karen in 1996, totally basted and binding done, until last year only one row of quilting done.  Today it is totally quilted now in 2021.


Carol Nelson – For ll years  called unfinished quilt, received blocks in 2009, basted together so ready to hand quilt and stored it in a lovely wicker basket.  Would occasionally take it out for a “stitch or two” and then back into the basket.  When COVID hit it was time to complete and now my wicker basket sits empty.


Jean Amundson – Fleur de Piggy a project from 2009-2021.  Piggy Banks, pattern bought at early quilt show and decided to do in blues with added fans.  Take along embroidery project for several years.

Designs and borders changed over the years and had “fabric shortage” along the way.  Finally quilted this year. It’s a long time, lots of work and not a plan on how to use quilt, so question is how to use.


Chris Benedetti –  Over a couple of years ago decided to make a Christmas Quilt, Split Rail with lace, green and red with black.  Decided too stark with black, decided to applique snowflakes (too much work and time) so decided to use lace.  Difficulties getting everything to fit but now finally finished – nothing to do with time, rather process she went thu.  Called the quilt her  “twice baked quilt from half cooked quilter”.


Diane Tillotson – Natures Garden “from an old roommate” Block of The Month from Joanne’s Fabric.

Needed to do some machine embroidery for friend who decided to “gift the blocks” to Diane. Enjoys having the project completed and on her bed.


Jane Szabo – Always wanted to do a red and white quilt, collected fabrics for years, named quilt “Ruby”.  Started in 2012 after a workshop, did one block at workshop and then put it in the closet, brought out and continued to add different types of squares and binding between time in the closet.  When COVID hit started working on unfinished projects and finished.  Still have a box of red and white material left.


Merralee Wilson – lst Quilt Top  ever made from 70’s Fabric called Grandma’s Garden. Last year daughter requested a jacket from an old Quilt Top. Top made in 1981 – Jacket from top in 2021 for daughters birthday.  Really cute jacked!


Melissa Hollenbeck – From a guild members Garage Sale, top was already pieced and another top was not yet pieced.  Enjoyed working on this project “Folk Artsy Feel” while in California this year.  Quilt is now hanging in her living room.


Marylynn Kleemann – Old Baby quilt made by Great Aunt  Doty for youngest son, all hand appliqued and hand quilted.  Always thought it would be “rejuvenated” for  a grandchild. Replicated old quilt with new baby quilt “Remembering Doty”.  Son who original quilt was made for will decide who will receive this quilt.


Quilt Category Winners

Oldest Quilt – Merralee Wilson

Best Story – Chris Benedetti

Best Excuses – Jean Amundson

Favorite – Karen Oetjen


Next month Virtual Quilt Show – no Show & Share


Meeting was adjourned at 3:15pm.



July 15th – Executive Meeting on Zoom

August 5th – Community Quilts

Quilt Pictures to Nan by July31st

Raffle Tickets and money to Nan by July 31st

August 18th – Veterans Sewing at Siletz Grange, 9:30am-3pm, call Betty Wilson for reservation


Respectfuly submitted,

Marian Brown, substitue secretary

Minutes of the General Meeting, via Zoom

Oregon Coastal Quilters Guild

June 10, 2021

The meeting, via Zoom, was called to order by President Meralee Wilson at 1:01 p.m.

Chris Benedetti moved to approve the minutes of the May 13, 2021, General meeting.Nan Scott seconded the motion.The motion passed, and the Minutes were approved without objection.


Virtual Quilt Show.Meralee Wilson announced Paulette Steinberg suggested a virtual quilt show considering the cancellation of the 2021 Quilt Show.Each entrant could enter one-to-five digital photos of their quilts with each quilt bearing a label with the creator’s name and size of the quilt.For those entering more than one quilt, they would be required to designate in which order the quilts should be displayed in the event of numerous entries.Digital photos of the quilts must be sent to Nan Scott no later than July 31, 2021.There will not be any judging of the quilts and entries may be re-submitted at the 2022 Quilt Show for judging.

Online Auction.Chris Benedetti announced a virtual auction via specifically requested that members donate small quilts but also stated that any size quilt may be donated.Each quilt will require a hanging sleeve and label.Quilts can be donated through Viki West, who lives in Yachats, Jane Szabo who lives in Waldport, Jean Amundson who lives in Newport, and Roseann Berton who lives in Lincoln City.Quilts must be submitted by August 15, 2021.

2021 Raffle Quilt.Nan Scott announced ticket sales are going fairly well.All ticket stubs and sales income should be mailed to Nan Scott at her home and not to the Guild’s post office box.There are thirty packets still to be sold.Ruth Hutmacher announced the Merchandise and Raffle committees will have a 10X10 booth at the Newport Fair on July 2-3, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday and from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.Nan requested volunteers to man the booth.Debbie Mosley announced she sold $100.00 worth of tickets at SeaTownes “Fourth Friday” event.

Merchandising.Becky Mershon announced the panels and bags with the new design are in and the committee will take e-mail orders for both.

Veteran’s Projects.Rose Shaw announced 74 quilts have been given out since January 2021 and there will be a Sew-In at the Grange in Siletz on July 16, 2021, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.Attendance is limited to twenty people.Rose Shaw further announced there will be an exhibit in the Main Exhibition Hall at the Lincoln County Fair.This exhibit is not limited to quilts for veteran’s but is open to all types of quilts and textiles such as such as knitted and crocheted items.To enter, members can go to, then to “Open Class” where the member can download the 2021 Open Class Handbook.Scroll down to “Textiles,” then to “Quilts,” to view the entry categories.The date to bring entries, which is under “Textiles,” is incorrect.The correct date to bring entries is June 27, 2021, between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.All entries should be brought to the Main Exhibit Hall.There will be security at the Fair, so members can feel confident about leaving the entries there.

2022 Retreat.Georgia Sabourin announced there is one slot left which will probably go to the Guild’s newest member.If not, that the slot will be open to the public.

2022 Raffle Quilt.Viki West announced that the 2022 Raffle Quilt is moving forward and should be finished by August or September 2021.

Programs.Jane Szabo announced the theme of July’s “Show and Share” will be “Finally Finished”.Digital photos must be submitted to Nan Scott by July 5, 2021.There will be prizes in four categories: oldest project, best story behind the project, favorite quilt, and best excuse.

2021 Challenge Quilts.Nan Scott announced eleven quilts have been entered into the Challenge and displayed them virtually.Nan Scott has sent an e-mail to all members with information as to viewing and voting on their three favorite entries.

Membership.The committee announced there were 56 members in attendance at this General Meeting.

Having no further business, Jane Szabo introduced our program and speaker: Brita Nelson, The Questioning Quilter.Brita is a quilter and blogger, with her own website and her first You-Tube video.Brita’s rule is that a quilter “doesn’t have to sew things together in the same way they were taken apart.”Brita predominantly works with disappearing blocks including 4-patch, 9-patch, and pinwheel blocks.She began her quilting journey when she was making charity quilts for boys and girls.While there were many feminine and cute designs for girls and young women, there were very few for young and teenage boys.One day, the lightbulb went on and she decided to work with a disappearing 4-patch block.A disappearing 4-patch is made by making four cuts in a 4-patch block, two vertical and two horizontal cuts.That results in nine pieces.Turn each piece 180 degrees and sew the blocks back together.This is popular because the exact dimensions of the cut do not matter, the quilter still ends up with a block that works.

Brita then worked with disappearing 4-patch blocks in three colors, turning each block around which resulted in a diagonal stripe.Brita displayed a quilt in dark purple, light purple, and yellow which exemplified her work.Her next step was to use the same disappearing 4-patch but with six colors and turning each block 270 degrees.Displaying a quilt in the same purple and yellow colors, but also with dark green, light green, and pink shades, the quilt gives a pot-holder effect.This was known as the Civil War pot-holder style as approximately 250,000 such quilts were made by quilters during the civil war, predominantly by Northern women.Sashing was not included in the quilts; each block had its own binding which were then whip-stitched together.As an historical note, the quilts became the shrouds for those soldiers who did not survive the battles in which they were engaged.

Continuing to experiment, Brita worked with disappearing 4-patch and 9-patch with many complimentary colors including, browns, yellows, reds, purples, light green. blue, and light orange.Then Brita asked herself, what if she turned the blocks 90 degrees instead of 180?There are more than 381,000 different layouts a quilter can make with disappearing 9-patch blocks including a quilt Brita made for her son in patterned blue and white fabrics in which the blocks resemble socket wrenches, the courthouse steps pattern, and snail trails as well.One of Brita’s students originated a block which resembles a spanner wrench.Another block represents angle brackets and depending on the colors used, a diagonal line jumps out at the viewer.In using positive and negative values, the quilter highlights the negative by turning it to the center.A “Chain Block” in three colors, red, orange plaid, and yellow plaid, resembles rickrack.

For a small wall hanging, one yard of each color would be sufficient.Some patterns are pre-cut friendly and particularly for Charm Packs.For example. the Angle Bracket pattern is Charm Pack friendly, but not the rick-rack pattern. Brita’s website has a free table for disappearing block size yardage and Charm Pack requirements on her website.

Because the quilter is encouraged to experiment with the placement of the cuts, she or he can create many designs.For example, using the same chain pieces, but arranged differently, with the orange plaid, yellow plaid, and a blue pattern batik instead of red, the chain pattern instead looks like a crown.The possibilities are almost endless.

Brita works with other disappearing blocks including the hourglass, which creates a Hunter’s Star pattern.This is a Charm Pack friendly pattern in which the quilter makes two vertical cuts and two horizontal cuts, then turns each piece 180 degrees.Other results mimic Moroccan Tile.

Brita is working on her first book, the progress of which was slowed somewhat by her six-week work on her first You-Tube video.

Members are encouraged to visit Brita’s website for information and inspiration.There is a 10% off coupon, the code for which is “coastal” (all lower-case letters) through June 17, 2021.Phillis Walden volunteered she attended Brita’s workshop and that it was fun.The cost is $475.00 with a maximum of twenty attendees.After September 1, 2021, there will be a price increase but if the workshop is reserved before September 1, 2021, the $475.00 price will be honored.There is also a pattern fee of $9.00.

Show and Share followed Brita’s presentation and the following quilts were displayed.

Melissa Hollenbeck displayed two quilts.The first quilt is entitled “Twice Painted Butterfly” and is an art quilt which Melissa created from a photograph which she first painted and then thread painted.Vibrant with blues and complimentary colors, the quilt is a testament to Melissa’s expertise.The second quilt is entitled “Running with Cell Phone” and, again, is a quilt created from a photograph of a runner, in silhouette on the beach clutching her cell phone.Silhouetted against the orange of a setting sun and the burnished sand of the beach, the quilt has humor as well as detail.

Nan Scott displayed a quilter’s tote which she made from two nautical panels entitled “Whale of a Day.”The tote, in colorful blues and complimentary colors, is a detail of design meant for the quilter with sufficient pockets and to carry almost any project.

Jane Szabo showed the membership three quilts.The first was made from a Community Quilter’s kit and sewn from strips made at the last retreat.The second quilt was for the Veteran’s Project and made, in traditional red, white, and blue for Jane’s brother-in-law who soon turn seventy.This quilt was quilted by Phillis Mitchell.The third was an adorable baby quilt in pastels made from nine panels and layer cakes from Tula Pink.

Diane Tillotson showed us three quilts.The first quilt has nine Sunbonnet Sue panels which Diane machine embroidered.The second quilt is a colorful sampler quilt which was begun by one of Diane’s close friends who tired of the project and suggested Diane finish it.Thinking her friend made more progress than was accomplished, Diane undertook the king-size project and recently finished it.The third quilt is a vibrant king-size quilt titled “Braided Beauty.”Beginning with a table runner pattern, Diane decided to keep on going until the quilt covered her king-sized bed.

Phillis Walden displayed her musician’s quilt which she created drawing Betty Boop pictures from calendar designs, hand-embroidering them, and setting the squares in a fabric pattern of Betty Boop dancing on a piano keyboard.The quilt was hand-quilted by a local church group


A reminder to the executive Board – the next meeting is Thursday, June 17, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom.

The next guild meeting, via Zoom, is Thursday, July 8, 2021, at 1:00 p.m.

The next Veteran’s Project Sew-In is on July 16, 2021, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Siletz Grange.Attendance is limited to twenty people.

The meeting adjourned at 3:16 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Barbara L. Kinzel, Secretary.


The Executive Committee meeting of the Oregon Coastal Quilt Guild was held via Zoom on June 17, 2021, and called to order by President Meralee Wilson at 10:03 a.m. A quorum was present.

Before the business of the Executive Board began, Jean Admundson announced Sue Stephenson’s husband, David, died peacefully in his sleep on June 16, 2021, surrounded by his family.

Approval of Minutes – Debbie Mosley moved the May Executive Board Meeting minutes be approved as published. Diane Tillotson seconded the motion. The Board approved the May Minutes by unanimous vote.

Treasurer’s Report – Janet Sylvester reported the Merchandise Committee has purchased the new panels. The Bonanza Quilt Show in Bonanza, Montana is offering $200.00 for each quilt awarded best in category. The Guild received a bill from the Country Register for $65.00. The original bill was $130.00 but was discounted by 50% because of the Guild’s paid fee to the Newport Chamber of Commerce. In addition, the Quilter’s Hall of Fame sent a card to the Guild announcing their celebration of the quilter, Marty Mitchell. 

Old Business 

Nan Scott reported one evening slot at the Newport Fair is still open and must be filled. The slot is from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, July 2, and Saturday, July 3, 2021. Debbie Mosley volunteered to take one evening slot. Nan Scott further reported that one-half of the slots were filled by members attending Community Quilters. 

Committees – Nan Scott reported that a Fund-Raising Committee will be created. Nan further reported that Linda Patrick has joined the Communications committee.

2021 Quilt Show – Meralee Wilson suggested that, since the Guild was not having a Quilt Show in 2021, the Guild create a boutique instead. A discussion ensued. A final decision on the suggested boutique was not made.

Online Auction – Nan Scott reported she is receiving digital pictures of quilts without the sender identifying the purpose. Nan needs to know if the digital photographs are for the auction, “Show and Share,” or “Finally Finished.”  Chris Benedetti reported that the online auction does not have a budget and requested that the Fund-Raising Committee borrow the 2021 Quilt Show’s budget for the small quilts auction. A discussion ensued. Maria Hunter moved to authorize the Fund-Raising Committee to use up to $300.00 from the 2021 Quilt Show’s small quilts auction budget for the online auction. Diane Tillotson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. 

New Business – 

Meetings – Jane Szabo reported that the July, August, and October meetings will be via Zoom. September may or may not be by Zoom. Jean Amundson reported she will know better by the July Board Meeting whether the Lutheran Atonement Church will open Fellowship Hall so the meeting can be in-person. Jean further reported that the Church’s janitorial costs have increased, and the Guild will have to contribute to the payment of those increased costs. Jane Szabo reported the September Zoom presentation is on making quilts out of vintage linens. 

Committee Reports

Challenge Quilts– Chris Benedetti reported she will have a tally of the votes for the next board meeting and the award ribbons are completed.

Communications – No report.

Community Quilters – Lindanne Perdue reported that there will be a meeting on July 1, 2021, in Waldport and that Pillowcase kits will be available there. Members may pick up the kits and will only have to sew the fabric together. Community Quilters will stuff the pillowcases and then sew the final seam.

Documentation – No report.

Finishing School – No report.

Membership – There was no report; however, Chris Benedetti requested a membership count. A discussion ensued and the general agreement was that the membership count is approximately 160.

Merchandising – Beverly Mershon reported the Guild earned $600.00 in sales at Community Quilters and Merchandising has sold out of the two orders of the tote bags and are now on its third order. Members are encouraged to order by e-mail early.

Programs – Jane Szabo reported the Guild earned a profit on the Emily Taylor class. The July program will be by Louanne Rubin and is entitled “Quilting Trends.”  The program is free. The October class will be two days and quite expensive. Ten members signed up for the disappearing block class and Jane will send out an e-mail to the membership with dates and pertinent information. A discussion ensued about recording programs, but Jane noted that most teachers will not allow such recordings and the Church does not have an audio-visual expert. 

Publicity – No report.

Quilter Surprise – No report.

Retreat 2022 – Georgia Sabourin reported there are two openings and one non-member on a waiting list. A discussion ensued whether non-members should pay the same or slightly increased fee for the Retreat. A decision was not reached. Georgia further reported the $50.00 deposit is due on or before September 1, 2021, and the balance is due on or before December 1, 2021.

Sable – No report.

Veteran’s Projects – Rose Shaw reported there will be a sew-in on July 16, 2021, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Grange in Siletz.

2021 Raffle – No report.

2022 Raffle Quilt – Georgia Sabourin reported most of the blocks have been returned to Community Quilters and will be laid out on the 24th.

Fund Raising – Chris Benedetti reported Jean Admundson and Jane Szabo have each contributed “quite a bit” to the online auction and three other members are interested. Lindanne Perdue asked if a pillow may be entered, and Chris assured her that it can if it is handmade or embroidered.

The meeting was then adjourned at 10:57 a.m. 


Community Quilters is meeting on July 1, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Waldport.

The General Membership meeting will be held on July 8, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom.

The Executive Board Meeting will be held on July 15, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., via Zoom.

Veteran’s Projects will have a Sew-In on July 16, 2021, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Grange in Siletz.

Respectfully submitted by Barbara Kinzel, Secretary.