Please attend our Zoom Guild Meeting this Thursday, April 8th!

Linda and

April Guild Meeting

Nan sent out emails to members Tuesday morning.  If you didn’t get it to give me her a call.  

Be sure to mark your calendars!  April 8, 1 pm Guild Zoom guest lecture will be from

Carl Sullivan of Colourwerx.  They love color and love creating colorful contemporary fabric designs and patterns!

With over 25 years experience as a professional designers and quiltmakers, Linda and Carl are intensely passionate about bold bright colors and contemporary pattern design. Always searching for a twist on the traditional, their surface designs and quilt patterns are well known for their modern look, spontaneous movement and fearless use of color.

Today, they reside in Palm Desert, California and enjoy collaborating together in their design company, Colourwerx designing surface pattern designs, quilt patterns and traveling across the country to share their love of color, quilting and contemporary design

Boost your colour confidence and learn to use every colour of the rainbow in your quilts. Linda and Carl will discuss the basics of colour theory, demonstrate colour concepts and how to create and combine dynamic colour palettes, as well as share their tips and tricks on how to find colour inspiration in everyday objects to inspire, infuse and ignite the colour in your next quilting.

First Hand Recommendation on our Presenters:

I just returned from a week in Palm Desert, the home of our presenters. I made my annual trek to Monica’s Quilts & Beads and mentioned the upcoming meeting. Monica, her staff and a customer all let out whoops of excitement. They said the lady is outstanding and Karl is so funny. Then Monica showed me their patterns, of which I bought two.

Phoebe Hein

2022 Raffle Quilt Team: 

We have chosen the Newport bridge as our center of interest for 2022. Featuring 9 patch blocks, snail trails, applique & thread embellishments. We will soon have “kits” of fabric with instructions for you to follow in helping construct our Bridge background. Hoping everyone will take a block, or two, and be part of constructing a beautiful Raffle Quilt for 2022. Block kit distribution site to be announced soon.  If you have questions please email Georgia at

          JoAnn, Linda, Viki, Georgia   


 Our fist zoom workshop is May 14, 9-12. Emily Taylor, author of “Collage Quilts” will be teaching our workshop.  Guild members get priority signup until April 8, then we open it up for non-members. Any beginning collage pattern will work from Emily’s website, Workshop fee is only $35 for members plus you get a discount code on patterns  Sign up today, email or call Jane Szabo.


The Executive Committee meeting of the Oregon Coastal Quilt Guild was held via Zoom on March 18, 2021, and called to order by President Meralee Wilson.  A quorum was not present.

Approval of Minutes – Chris Benedetti moved the minutes of the February Executive Board Meeting be approved as published.  The motion was seconded by Debbie Mosely.  The Minutes were approved by unanimous vote.

Old Business – Rose Shaw reported the Membership Directories are still in the box at her home, and no guild members have called her or stopped by to pick up their directory.  She will keep the box of Membership Directories in her home until they are all distributed, or the guild has an in-person meeting.

New Business – Chris Benedetti, reporting on fundraising, said that she had been in touch with the “Washington Stars” quilter’s guild and learned their guild members had made quilt blocks of Native American subjects and put them together in a large quilt.  The guild then contacted casinos, and one agreed to display and sell the quilt on behalf of the guild.  The quilt was sold for $9,000.00 (Canadien).  A discussion ensued whether OCQG can and should take the same course of action as the guild is a non-profit.  The discussion was then tableddue to a lack of a quorum.  Chris further reported the Washington Stars quilt guild also sells quilts from its website in the range of $70.00 to $500.00.  Members do not display the quilt for more than six months and a committee, rather than the quilter, prices the quilts.  Purchasers pay for shipping and insurance.  Chris will investigate various payment methods.  A further discussion ensued whether the guild should sell quilts from its website. Jean Amundsen suggested the President raise the issue at the next General Meeting to see if members are interested.  The matter was then tabled.

Treasurer’s Report – Janet Sylvester reported money from accounts at Umpqua bank is being transferred to WaFed (Washington  Federal Bank).  By next month, all Umpqua guild accounts will be closed, and all funds in the WaFed accounts.  Janet further reported the Treasurer’s Report is over-budgeted on Treasurer’s expenses due to the order for checks, envelopes, and a stamp.  Nan Scott explained there is no reason to prepare a new budget.  Janet Sylvester then reported she purchased an inexpensive printer for approximately $100.00 and will donate it to the guild.  She will charge the guild for ink and a USB cable, but it is up to the board to approve those expenses.  Chris Benedetti moved to approve the expenses, and Jane Szabo seconded the motion; however, since there was no quorum, the matter was tabled until the April Executive Board meeting.

Committee Reports

Audit – Gail Chapman and Ellen Germain submitted the Audit, which was accepted.

Block of the Month – No report.

Challenge Quilt – Chris Benedetti reported that “it’s a challenge” getting members to sign up for the challenge quilt.  A discussion ensued if there is no 2021 quilt show, whether the 2021 challenge quilt would “holdover” to the following year.

Communication – No report.

Community Outreach – A discussion was had whether the guild should continue to make the $65.00 donation.  Because a quorum was not present, the matter was tabled.

Community Quilters – Sue Stephens reported the quilts from the “porch drop” house blocks are almost finished and should be completed by the end of March.  There are twenty-one blocks in four quilts which will be displayed at the Rec Center and may be up for sale.  Other display venues are being considered.  Sale of the quilts may occur “down the road,” and the committee is considering various publicity options.

Documentation – No report.

Finishing School – No report.

Hospitality – No report.

Librarian – No report.

Membership – No report.

Merchandising – Rose Shaw reported the panels are still “in route.”

Programs/Workshops – Jane Szabo reported she has the minimum number of attendees for the workshop via Zoom.  Jane further reported the April program’s speaker would be Linda Sullivan, accompanied by her husband.  They will talk about color and how to choose colors for our quilts.  A discussion then ensued regarding the Zoom meetings’ popularity and whether the guild should have one-half of its yearly meetings by Zoom.  Nan Scott said that the Zoom meetings cost the guild $15.00 a month.  Meralee Wilson suggested surveying guild members to determine the desire for continuing some of the guild meetings via Zoom.

Publicity – Jean Amundsen reported that there was an article on the raffle quilt in the  Newport New-Times.

Quilter’s Surprise – No report.

Retreat 2022 – Georgia Sabourin reported the contract is signed.  Registration will open up on April 15 or May 1.  The price may increase by $20.00 per person if the cost of snack trays increases.  The cost of dinners has not increased.  A discussion ensued whether any money leftover from the Retreat can go back to the guild.  A decision was not reached.

Veteran’s Project – Rose Shaw reported on St. Patrick’s Day, the committee presented ten quilts to veterans, and 164 quilts were presented during the Covid-19 quarantine.

Quilt Show – No report.

2021 Raffle Quilt – Nan Scott reported 2,707 tickets are out to members, 250 tickets are in several quilt shops, and Sew-It Seams in Philomath sold 252 tickets in one week.

2022 Raffle Quilt – No report.

The meeting was then adjourned.  


Community Quilters is meeting on April 1, 2021, from 10-2.

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

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

Respectfully submitted by Barbara Kinzel, Secretary.

Minutes of the General Meeting, via Zoom Oregon Coastal Quilters Guild March 11, 2021

The meeting, via Zoom, was called to order by President Meralee Wilson at 1:02 p.m.

Chris Benedetti moved to approve the minutes of the February 11, 2021 General meeting.  Debbie Mosley seconded the motion.  The motion passed, and the Minutes were approved without objection.


Community Quilts.  Sue Stephens announced the blog would notify members of the need for face masks and matching bags for children attending school.  The committee is hopeful of a positive response to the blog request.  The “Porch Drop” quilts made by members at the beginning of the pandemic will be made into quilts and, possibly, hung on display at the Newport Recreation Center.

Membership Booklets.  Rose Shaw announced she has one-half of a box of membership directories at her house, and members are welcome to pick up their copy.  Patti Stevens is in the Valley and can help deliver membership directories to those who do not live near Rose.  On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, the membership directories will be available at Sew-It Seams.

Veteran’s Project.  Ginger Dale and Rose Shaw announced on March 19, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There will be a sew-in at the Siletz Grange.  There are thirty-eight names on the list already.  Blocks can be picked up at Quilter’s Cove and Sew Hound Quilts.  Also, on April 19, 2021, there will be a presentation of quilts to veterans.

Retreat.  Georgia Sabourin announced she is working on contract details for the Retreat venue.  Sign-up for the Retreat will begin on May 1, 2021.

Workshops.  Jane Szabo announced the first workshop via Zoom will be on Friday, May 14, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Eight members have registered for the workshop.  Please contact Jane by e-mail or telephone with questions.

Having no further business, Jane Szabo introduced our program and speaker.  Debbie Wendt first took a sewing class in 1986 and fell in love with quilting but indeed “grew into it” when she moved to Egypt.  Egyptian tentmakers are known for the expertise in making artistic panels which are then stitched together to create tents and other shelters, including those for Ramadan, funerals, weddings, parties, and other events.  The tentmakers start with a pattern in which the design is drawn on paper.  Needle-punched holes are made in the pattern to form the design on cloth.  The pattern is laid on top of the fabric, and chalk or coal dust is used to “dust” the design onto the fabric.  The tentmakers then stitch to the drawn line.  Duck canvas is used for the bottom of the panel and the pattern is on top.  Once stitched, the panels are tied together, using grommets to form the tent.

A popular pattern is of the lotus flower, which is more of a western influence and can be found in many panels’ design.  Islamic emblems are also used.  Traditionally, each family of tentmakers has its own designs.  Red and blue hues are the predominant fabric colors for the panels.  But other colors are also used, including an orange panel of traditional Islamic designs Debbie displayed for the members.

The first panel Debbie purchased is a teal green with pink overtones and has traditional Islamic designs.  It is the size of a moderate wall-hanging.  The second panel Debbie bought is a classic red/blue wall hanging with Islamic and lotus designs.  One of the panels is of a jar with lotus flowers which contains some of the finest work Debbie has seen in Egypt.  Debbie also displayed a vibrantly colored showpiece that AQS purchased in 2012.  The design is of birds and flowers, and the extra stitches are done in Perle cotton.  

When viewed up close, the panels show that the stitching is not what Western quilters think of as appropriate for applique.  The stitches are not necessarily even, or the stitching straight.  An indigo and white panel, which Debbie purchased through AQS, displays crooked stitches.  Although the stitches are not exact, there are lots of them.

Traditionally, all of the tentmakers were men.  However, the skill is now being taught to the tentmakers’ daughters and nieces.  Also, tentmakers have ventured away from traditional to more modern uses of their abilities.  Debbie displayed a red/black dress which she purchased at a Bedouin market.  The red is cross-stitched on black fabric, and, as a result, the dress is extremely heavy.  There are many stitches.  A cast piece is all cross-stitched in black cloth.

Egypt has many different textile “industries.”  Rag rugs are another specialty, particularly in Macadam Hill, the Coptic Christian neighborhood of Cairo.  The rugs wear “like iron” and are very heavy.   Tentmakers make batik fabrics, bookmarks are made from papyrus, and women are taught to weave to earn their own income.

In Egypt, there are approximately twenty to forty traditional tentmakers left.

Show and Share followed Debbie’s presentation and included:

  1. Julia Bailey presented one quilt, a colorful sampler quilt which was pieced, sewn, and quilted all by hand. 
  2. Melissa Hollenbeck presented a Veteran’s quilt, which she quilted on her Juki machine.
  3. Marilyn Kleeman presented one antique quilt made entirely of hexagons with edge-to-edge quilting plus medallions for each of the points on the quilt borders.  The quilt is bound with facing binding.
  4. Linda Reeve presented two quilts.  The first is a 2019 full-size “Quilt of the Month” and is made up of adorable bunny blocks.  The second quilt is made entirely of flannel begun by a friend and then given to Linda.  It took ten years to complete.
  5. Nan Scott presented two quilts.  The first is made of 2 ½ inch strips in which the sashing on a blue background forms colorful flowers.  Nan practiced her freehand quilting on this quilt.  The second quilt, which is for the Veteran’s Project, measures 65” x 74” and has a green fabric for highlights.
  6. Jane Szabo presented one quilt of a wall-hanging with four coffee cups.  The coffee colors are very creative in that they mirror the tastes of different coffee drinkers.  


A reminder to the executive Board – the next meeting is Thursday, March 18, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom.

The Community Quilters’ next meeting is April 1, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Waldport at Lee Palmers.

The meeting adjourned at 2:31 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Barbara L. Kinzel, Secretary.

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