Oregon Coastal Quilters Guild members have created and donated 98 quilts and 75 pillows to Samaritan Pacific Hospital and 94 cat and dog pillows to the Lincoln County Animal Shelter during 2012. The tally includes 24 quilts to the people affected by the apartment fire in Toledo, 58 quilts to Children’s Advocacy Center, seven to the Siletz tribal elders for their children’s care center and eight lap robes to the Dialysis Center.
In addition, the guild donated $500 to the Lincoln County Historical Society in recognition of the museum’s support of the guild’s quilt documentation efforts. The history center also provides meeting space for the executive board and quilt show committee meetings throughout the year. The North Lincoln County Museum in Lincoln City received $200 in recognition of their support for quilt documentation and historical quilt preservation.
OCQG members make items for the guild’s community quilt efforts year-around. In addition, the guild holds a “stitch-in” on the first Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Quilters Cottage in Toledo, where owners Monica and Chris Lyons have made sewing and storage space available to the guild.
In past years quilts have also been donated to Habitat for Humanity, Samaritan House and other charitable organizations. Local non-profit charities may contact 2013 Chairperson Norma Horn via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to request quilts for their clients.
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. The more than 180 members of OCQG live throughout Lincoln County and beyond. Additional information about the guild is on their www.OregonCoastalQuilters.org
Quilts by the Sea II opens Friday, November 9 at noon in the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center at the Nye Beach Turn-Around. Sponsored by Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, the Opening Reception for the artists is from 5pm to 7pm.
Quilts by the Sea II will showcase unique quilted items for home decorating and display and personal garments made by a number of talented guild members. Limitless patterns in a myriad colors are inspirational and functional as well. A variety of pieces will be for sale, just in time for the holidays.
Located in the Newport Visual Arts Center, the Upstairs Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from noon – 6pm. More information about the exhibit and Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is available at www.coastarts.org, or by contacting Sally Houck at the Visual Arts Center, 541-265-6569 or email@example.com.
ROBERTS’ QUILT “NOSHI” ON DISPLAY
AT COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Provided by Diane Disse
“Noshi,” a quilt by Florence Roberts, is on display at the Log Cabin Museum of the Lincoln County Historical Society. Final quilting of the red, blue, and gold cotton quilt was done by Lisa Taylor. The quilt design was inspired by a design in the book A World of Quilts. The design and the book are by Beth Ann Williams.
“The name “Noshi” comes from a Japanese word meaning a kind of ceremonial origami fold attached to gifts to express “good wishes.”
Roberts, who has been quilting since 1975, completed “Noshi” in 2011. She has made between 100 and 200 quilts. “At some point I stopped counting,” Roberts said. She is a member of the Oregon Coastal Quilters Guild and the Lincoln City Quilters and has participated in many community projects, donating quilts to hospitals and to the women’s shelter, for example.
A changing display at the Log Cabin Museum features historic or notable quilts. Quilts are documented by the Quilt Heritage Project of Lincoln County, which is sponsored by the Oregon Coastal Quilters Guild in partnership with the Lincoln County Historical Society.
The goals of the Quilt Heritage Project are to register all quilts made in or brought to Lincoln County; create a photo archive of quilts with the Lincoln County Historical Society; encourage proper care and storage of heirloom textiles; encourage families to enjoy and retain these special heirloom textiles; and heighten public awareness of quilts as unique pieces of American folk art, especially Oregon folk art.