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Having a “Ball” quilting…

Noted Quilter Maggie Ball to Speak to Quilt Guild
Provided by Oregon Coastal Quilters Guild

Nationally-known quilter and author Maggie Ball will be the featured speaker at the Oregon Coastal Quilters Guild (OCQG) meeting April 12 in Atonement Lutheran Church’s Fellowship Hall, Newport. “Table walk,” which offers the opportunity to see and participate in various guild activities, begins at 6 p.m.; the general meeting starts at 6:30.

The “trunk show” of Ball’s work, titled “Quilts without Borders,” will include quilts inspired by the folk art of Mongolia as well as traditional and bargello designs. In June 2004, Ball traveled to Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia, to teach quilting. Her efforts have helped raise funds to establish the Mongolian Quilting Center, where women who would otherwise be unemployed are able to make unique quilts that are purchased all over the world.

While in the area, Ball will teach a workshop called “Bargello with a Twist” on April 13 in the Atonement Fellowship Hall. Cost for the class—suitable for all levels of quilting experience—is $48 for non-guild members and is now available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. People wishing to sign up for the workshop may call Joan Johnson, 541-547-5498, or Judy McCoy, 541-563-3007, to enroll and to receive a supply list for the class.

Maggie Ball, a native of Great Britain, now lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She has been quilting for more than 20 years, and enjoys using a variety of techniques, creating her own designs from elements of traditional patterns. Ball also has authored a number of books, including Creative Quilting with Kids, Bargello Quilts with a Twist, and Traditional Quilts with a Twist. Examples of her work and additional information can be found on her website, www.Dragonflyquilts.com.

OCQG is a non-profit organization founded in 1991. Goals of the group are to promote fellowship among quilters; to promote knowledge and appreciation of quilts and quilt making; and to sponsor and support quilting activities. During 2011, guild members made and donated hundreds of quilts and other handmade articles to various Lincoln County organizations. Their quilt show, Quilts by the Sea, is held every year during the first Friday-Saturday of August. The more than 180 members of OCQG live throughout Lincoln County and beyond. Additional information about the guild is on their website, www.oregoncoastalquilters.org.

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