May Blog Post Extra

The first three articles are time sensitive…..

  • Grab Bags ~
  • First Thursday-Community Quilters ~
  • Fabric Donations Needed ~
  • Doni Boyd Honored ~
  • Bayshore Quilters ~
  • Photographer ~
  • Correction ~ …..

Grab Bags

Grab bags are sold in the Quilt Show’s Boutique.  The bags are filled with items donated by guild members.  They are paper bags stapled closed so contents are unknown.  A plastic tote will be available to collect your donations at the May, June and July guild meetings.

Sewing/quilting notions and supplies of all kinds, fabric, patterns, magazines, books, beads, baubles, buttons, ribbons, trims, notecards, playing cards, small puzzles, promotional items such as pens, pads, etc., other crafts such as crochet/knitting supplies are also good to donate. Unexpected items like Christmas ornaments and jewelry are fun surprises. Almost any useful item that is not illegal, immoral or fattening and will fit into an oversized lunch bag will be appreciated!

Thank you to all members (you know who you are!) who have donated in past years. You have given amazing items to fill our bags. Because of your generous donations, grab bags have become a very popular and successful part of the Boutique.

If you are unable to donate at the guild meetings, please contact Bev Ohngren to make other arrangements.  Thank you!

Bev Ohngren

First Thursday – Community Quilters

Community Quilters will be meeting on Thursday, May 3, at Ruth’s Family Fabrics in Waldport.  We’ll start at 10 and go to about 2.  This is a “come and go when you wish” event, but if you will be with us during lunch, plan accordingly.  Ruth has moved into her new location, right next door to Subway on Hwy. 101.  Please bring your rotary cutter, with your name on it.  We will be going through our inventory of fabric to create a “kit” that will include a pattern of your choice, and fabric that you will select and cut that will make a pretty, color coordinated quilt.  Hopefully we will get several of these kits together to be available at the guild meeting.  All kits will be numbered and logged in and out.  We have quite a few patterns, but if you have something you believe would make up quick and simple, please bring a few copies.  No need to bring a sewing machine this month – we will not have time or space to do any sewing.  I’m looking for fresh ideas and lots of enthusiasm.  It should be a lot of fun!

Sue Stephenson

Fabric Donations Needed!

Community Quilters is looking for donations of “blender” fabrics.  We have gone through our fabric “inventory” and we have a lot of nice prints, but need something more subtle to use as sashings and borders.  We are looking for pieces of ½ yard or more, but we will take any size.  We’re looking for solids, tone-on-tones, marbles, dots, stripes, very subtle small prints that read one color, etc.  Remember that these need to be cotton and good quality material.  So please go through your stashes and if you find something that you think we can use, either bring it to First Thursday (5/3) at Ruth’s Family Fabrics in Waldport, or to the next guild meeting on May 10.  Thanks!

Sue Stephenson

Doni Boyd Honored

Welcome to the Neighborhood by Doni Boyd

Our member Doni Boyd, who is also a very active member of the Azalea Quilt Guild in Brookings-Harbor, has been selected a featured guild member for their show during the Memorial Day weekend. The show is at the Kalmiopsis Elementary School and will feature more than 100 quilts, plus a display of Doni’s wonderful creations. They also have tickets for a lovely raffle quilt.

Doni is a valued member of our guild too.  She has our raffle quilt on display at the new shop in Brookings called By My Hand.  One hundred and fifty tickets sold within days and they are pleading for more.  Thank you Doni for being our ambassador and star sales woman!

Bayshore Quilters

Every year starting in 2008, a group of regulars at Bayshore have been renting a duplex on the south coast and have enjoyed several days of quilting in wild-a-Bandon.  Initially it was a test to see if a guild retreat might be successful.  The first guild retreat at Menucha followed the next year.  But the “Bayshore Babes” had so much fun that ten years later, they are still sharing time, fun, food, and inspiration overlooking the beautiful beach and haystack rocks in Bandon.  Many participate in the guild retreat too, and in spite of all of this “retreating” or maybe because of it, they are active members of the Guild serving as committee chairs, committee members, quilt show organizers, and officers over the years.

2008 Bayshore/Bandon Retreat
2018 Bayshore/Bandon Retreat

Quilting friendship groups are a great way to find support not only for quilting, but also in friendship and in life’s ups and downs.  If you are seeking closer connections, I encourage you to check out the satellite friendship groups found on page 13 of your directory.


Thank you, Dee Hill, for responding to the Photographer Help Wanted plea in the previous blog.  You and Linda Reeve can work out the details of your collaboration.  That’s the OCQG spirit that I love!


A picture in the April Show and Share Gallery was mis-labeled as a Quilt of Valor.  It has been corrected to show that the beautiful quilt was made by Dee Hill for her granddaughter’s graduation.

Nan Scott for Paula Hnyda