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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Gift to Fukuroi, Japan

Mr. Shimoyama, left, president of the
Fukuroi International Friendship,and Mr. Ito,
with Ann's quilt.  Photo by Mary Ordall 
Ann Laffin's quilt of Jackson Bottom Wetlands drew accolades at its unveiling. After a visit to Jackson Bottom, representatives of Hillsboro's Sister City Fukuroi, Japan were presented with the quilt  while on their recent trip to Hillsboro. The quilt was commissioned in honor of the 25th anniversary of our relationship with Fukuroi.


Friday, February 21, 2014

Hillsboro Tribune Publishes Quilt Barn Trail Article

The Hillsboro Tribune has published today an article about our proposed Quilt Barn Trail.  This is another piece of publicity informing the public about the trail.  

The Gales Creek Chamber of Commerce is now a staunch supporter, as is the Gales Creek Journal.  Slowly but surely the word is getting out and we are adding more folks to those who would like to see this happen.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Retreat in the Snow!

Of the 36 people who were signed up to attend the 3-day retreat at the Oregon Garden Resort, 26 braved the weather, the snow and roads and arrived.  We enjoyed the Resort, the wonderfully large room where we could happily sew while watching the snow swirl and build up.  When we needed a respite, the lounge with a large fireplace was available for relaxation.

We ended up "iced" in on Sunday, so all 26 of us stayed another day and night.  The staff there was very accommodating, and by the time we left we were almost on a first name basis!  The quilts were amazing and impressive that were put together, as you can see below!

Photo thanks to Jeri Bonser.  At the Oregon Garden Resort, Feb. 2014

Monday, February 3, 2014

Barns or no barns? You can help decide.

WQG is planning a Quilt Barn Trail for Washington County. ( If you need to know what this is, and what we're planning, read this.)We are funding the first six blocks, and thanks to Cultural Coalition of Washington County who generously gave us a grant, we now have funding for twelve blocks.
What we can do now...
We had planned to begin creating and installing the first six last summer, but we ran into a snag with the county sign ordinance. We have since learned that Oregon has some of the most strict rural ordinances in the country.  

Our County Commissioners have agreed to begin the process of evaluating this ordinance and possibly rewriting it to allow our Quilt Barn Trail to become a reality. If you support this project, please write a letter NOW to our County Commissioners to let them know. The more public support we have, the more likely the needed change will be made.

Our goal and gift to our county
Their names and addresses are here. A letter to the editor of your Washington County newspaper wouldn't hurt, either. The commissioners will begin in March, so now is the time to show your support. With your help we can fulfill our commitment to beautify our area, increase tourism, and feature our agricultural heritage.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

We had a winner at Stitches in Bloom!

Bohemian Bouquet by Mona Woo

For the third year in a row, we have had a member win the show challenge. Congratulations and a big Woo Hoo! to our own Mona Woo, who won 3rd place for her Bohemian Bouquet. The challenge fabric's white poppies and yellow flowers are part of the bouquet, and the whole fabric can be seen in the binding. See more photos from the show here.