The Oregon Coastal Quilters Guild (OCQG) has canceled its August 7-8 show, “Quilts by the Sea.” The guild’s Executive Board voted to cancel the event because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The annual show at the Newport recreation Center usually features more than 300 quilts and gathers visitors from all over Oregon and beyond.
The action was taken out of concern for the health of potential volunteers and attendees and in accordance with directives from the State of Oregon, DHS, and the City of Newport.
The cancellation will result in a significant revenue loss for the nonprofit organization. However, many of the guild’s outreach activities have not stopped, including monetary donations to the Lincoln County Fair and the Lincoln County Historical Society. In addition, guild members have made and donated more than 1500 face masks to organizations throughout Lincoln County and beyond. The usual donations of quilts, totes, burp cloths, pillows and “sit-upons,” cardiology and oncology bags, and other handmade articles are also continuing even though guild meetings and workshops have been canceled.
The guild’s Veterans Quilt Project is also continuing their efforts to honor local military veterans, now with “porch drops” instead of formal ceremonies.
The mission of OCQG is to promote fellowship among quilters while promoting knowledge and appreciation of quilts and quilting activities. The almost 200 members of OCQG live throughout Lincoln County and beyond. Additional information about the guild is on their website, www.oregoncoastalquilters.org.