‘Above and Below’ quilt to be raffled

“Above and Below” is this year’s quilt being raffled by the Oregon Coastal Quilters Guild. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six tickets for $5, and the winner will be drawn on Saturday, Aug. 8.

The Oregon Coastal Quilters Guild is featuring an ocean-themed quilt, “Above and Below,” as its 2020 raffle quilt. The 20-some members who participated in its construction used shades of blue, yellow, green and orange. The quilt measures 55 by 66 inches and can be used as a wall hanging or on a bed.

Tickets are $1 each or six tickets for $5; they are available from Phyllis Mitchell (email at [email protected], phone 541-270-3924) or Jean Amundson ([email protected], phone 541-265-5544) and at Quilters Cove in Newport, where the quilt is on display. The winning ticket will be drawn at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8, but ticket holders do not need to be present to win.

Since the guild’s annual quilt show, “Quilts by the Sea,” has been canceled because of COVID-19, the raffle drawing will be outdoors at Atonement Lutheran Church in Newport. The quilt will be on display about 2:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at the lower level (Fellowship Hall) entrance, but there will be no access inside the church. The public is welcome to attend the drawing while wearing masks and observing social distancing. 

“Above and Below” was designed by quilt guild members Mavis (Deb) Smith, of Toledo, Ann Flescher, of South Beach, and Norma Horn, of Waldport. It features many locally significant images, such as a log truck, NOAA, Coast Guard and fishing vessels, and the Yaquina Head Lighthouse. Various sea animals and fish and even a quilting mermaid can be seen among the kelp.

Smith used card stock to tweak the colors and designs before the group translated the images to fabric. Participants added a number of embellishments. Dolores Wagner, of Newport, said that making the fishing boat block was especially meaningful to her because her son is a fisherman. Jan Hoffman, of Waldport, added embroidery to her flounder block, as did Toni Brodie, Toledo, who appliqued the mermaid and supplied shells that were added after Flescher’s machine quilting. A sun shines benignly over the entire scene.

Other raffle quilt participants were Rosanne Berton, Twylla Hoch, Betty Wilson, Ginger Dale, Darcy de la Rosa, Jean Amundson, Diane Tillotson, Becky Mershon, Nancy Terhaar, Ruth Hutmacher, Anne-Marie Mann, Carol Culton, Elizabeth Wood, Georgia Sabourin, Sue Stephenson, Ruth Johnson and Bari McLean.

The Oregon Coastal Quilters Guild is a nonprofit 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.  Guild members make and donate hundreds of quilts and other handmade articles to various Lincoln County organizations every year.  The almost 200 members of guild live throughout Lincoln, Linn, Benton and Lane counties and beyond. Additional information about the guild is available on their website, www.oregoncoastalquilters.org.

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