Paradise, California, from Sunset Slope Quilters
A Special Volunteer Project
Many of our members attended a trunk show and workshop last year when Cindy Needham visited us. She shared her vintage linens and how she quilts and embellishes them,. Cindy lives in Chico, California, very near Paradise, where the fires decimated the town November 8, 2018.
Cindy’s daughter and son-in-law, Emily and Ryan, lost their home in the Paradise, CA fire.
Cindy has opened her studio to local quilter fire victims who need a place to sew to relief stress, or begin to replenish their tools and stash. Fabric, machines, and notions began arriving. She has two friends (Renee and Sally of the Annie Star Quilt Guild) who are helping because Cindy has been overwhelmed with emails and actual donations.
I have volunteered to chair efforts within SSQ, with a big assist from Jackie Aguilar. If you have quilt tops that you would consider donating, Jackie will longarm quilt it, with help from other longarmers in our guild. Let Jackie know if you need help to finish something you’re willing to donate.
We determined that a voluntary effort would be to make a donation. Cindy’s friends are also working on another option called the Quilt Buddies. In this case, volunteers are paired with a Paradise quilter victim, and the buddy may collect and hold onto items for her until she has a place to keep things or set up a small sewing area. Many of these quilters are currently living with relatives or in hotels or temporary quarters.
The most immediate need is for quilts to cover adults…there are a lot of elderly who lost their homes. Here’s what we’d like you to do:
*Email Wendy if you can donate a quilt. Please include the measurements in your email.
*Email Jackie if you have a top or almost finished with a top you would donate if someone could quilt it quickly.
*If you own a longarm machine and would be willing to quilt some quilts, email Jackie and let her know if you have size restrictions.
*Email Wendy if you would like to donate anything other than a quilt. Please send a list of what you have, but just collect your items in one spot.
PLEASE PUT PARADISE FIRE DONATIONS AS YOUR EMAIL SUBJECT.
Wendy Bain and Jackie Aguilar started this voluntary project, November 27th and by December 15th over 30 quilts were prepared, packed and shipped to Cindy Needham’s Studio. Bless all who sent these gifts of Love.
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New Challenge! 2018-2019
What: Check out an SSQ library book and make a project, try a new technique, etc.
When: Reveal in February 2019
Size: Whatever you desire
SSQ’s library has a great variety of books to choose from. Challenge yourself to try out a new technique or make something different. We have books on applique, patchwork, art quilts, potholders, table runners, quilting techniques, fabric painting, crazy quilting, paper piecing. There is an updated list of our books on our Library Page.
Questions? Contact Janet Wheeler, librarian
Sunset Slope Quilters guild and a Durango Quilt Guild along with the Colorado Quilting Council sponsored a Quilt Documentation event on Saturday, June 16th. This event provides an opportunity for our members to register their valued quilts with the Colorado Quilting Councils state registry of historical quilted projects.