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Sandy quilting club recognizes 10 years, looks to grow with anniversary celebration at the museum

POST PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Pat Sharp has sewn for 40 years. For as long as the Sandy Historical Museum has called Pioneer Boulevard home, the Sandy Quilting and Fiber Arts Club has kept the community in stitches and the museum funded.

Sept. 10 will mark the group's — and the museum's — 10th anniversary.

"Our group was started originally to bring women together in companionship and also raise money for the museum," member Pat Sharp said. "In addition to celebrating what our club has done, we hope to expand."

To date, the group has 12 members, but is always open to new people. Among those 12 women, there are several different specializations, such as knitting, appliqué, quilting and many more. The group is also welcoming of all skills levels.

"We do a lot of sharing and teaching each other," Valerie Walburg added. "We're all always learning."

Over the past decade, the club has not only shared in a learning experience, but shared their quilts for charitable causes near and far. Last year the women sent quilts to Louisiana and this year they are discussing sending some to Houston.

POST PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Susan Burdell learned of the Sandy Quilting and Fiber Arts Club from a quilt hanging in an area business and joined soon after.Similarly, the women band together to come to each other's aid when needed also.

"When dark days come into our lives, we have this support," explained Walburg, who has suffered the loss of her husband since joining the group.

"We're beyond a club," Sharp added.

Every year the women also sew a quilt to be raffled as a fundraiser for the museum. This year, the project features a Mount Hood scene including a log cabin. It is called "View Out My Window," and every club member had some hand in making it.

All this month, the quilt will be available for viewing at the museum at 39345 Pioneer Blvd., and tickets will be available until next July.

"Really, Sandy's been a quilting community for a long time," Sharp added.

POST PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Fiber artists of all kinds are welcome in the club. Prospective members are encouraged to bring their sewing machine, current project(s) and "their delight in quilting and fiber arts," to the group's next meeting at the Sandy Historical Museum. The club meets every second and fourth Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and members will also be present at the museum's 10th anniversary event from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10.

For more information about the group, call 503-668-3378.

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