The congregation of Zion Mennonite Church is hosting the 42nd annual Quilting Workshop at the church three miles east of Hubbard. The three-day workshop includes display of over 100 quilts, wall hangings and comforters ranging from the latest techniques and colors to century old heirlooms. Approximately 1000 people attend this event each year.
The workshop is Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. There is no admission charged but donations will be accepted for the Senior Center in El Torno, Bolivia. The Senior Center has served as the community/social center for the village since it was built in 2001. It is a place where the elderly of El Torno can visit for fellowship, food, teachings, occupational therapy, health care and rest.
Zion Mennonite Church volunteers will serve a soup and bread lunch each day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on a donation basis.
Each day workshop volunteers are available to guide guests through every step in the quilt-making process, from choosing fabric and a quilt pattern to cutting and piecing the quilt top, choosing batting, securing the whole project into a quilting frame, quilting and finishing the edges with binding.
A learners quilt is set up and available for anyone who would like to sit down and try quilting with an experienced quilter to assist and instruct them.
Nearby is a comforter tying demonstration with extra needles and thread ready for visitors to join in.
On Thursday, Kathie Serlet will demonstrate the use of a 60 degree ruler in making scrap quilts.
Friday, Karen Stephens, proprietor of Speckled Hen Quilts, will show how to make a double wedding ring quilt using Marti Mitchells Perfect Patchwork templates.
Saturday, Terrie Kygar will demonstrate her technique of coloring fabric to make crayon quilts.
A large array of fair trade handicrafts including baskets, jewelry, toys and woodcarvings from One Fair World in Salem will be available for purchase.
Proceeds help to alleviate poverty for the crafters and farmers who create the works of art.
The address of Zion Mennonite Church is 6124 South Whiskey Hill Road, Hubbard.
In case of inclement weather on Wednesday, the workshop would be postponed one week. Check for updated information at www.zion.or.us.mennonite.net or by calling the church office at 503-651-2274 or Louise Gingerich at 503-651-2816.