Zion Mennonite Church wil feature all types of quilting classes and displays during anual event

Zion Mennonite Church will host its 46th annual Quilting Workshop Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 22-24, at the church three miles east of Hubbard.

The three-day workshop includes a display of about 100 quilts, wall hangings and comforters ranging from the latest techniques and colors to century old heirlooms.

Quilts and quilt-making apparatus will be part of this year's Quilting Workshop at Zion Mennonite Church.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. There is no admission charged but donations are 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 come 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 $4 suggested donation basis. Olive Garden zuppa toscana will be served on Thursday and Saturday and Italian pasta and bean soup will be served on Friday.

Each day workshop volunteers are available to guide visitors through every step in the quilt making process from choosing fabric and a quilt pattern to cutting and piecing the quilt top, choosing your batting, securing the whole project into a quilting frame, quilting, and finishing the edges with binding.

A "learner's 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.

You are invited to drop by the following demonstrations throughout the day.

> Thursday: Karen Stephens, proprietor of "Speckled Hen Quilts" - use of the 4" Log Cabin trim tool from Creative Grids.

> Connie Foleen and Ruby Scruggs - Brazilian Embroidery and Hardanger.

> Friday: Anita Lindberg - checked Dresden Plate block.

> Pauline Mather - showing a Hmong quilt depicting various scenes.

> Saturday: Darlene Grassman - sewing accessories such as needle cases and pin cushions using quilted patchwork fabric.

> Anita Lindberg - checked Dresden Plate block.

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.

Zion Mennonite Church is at 6124 South Whiskey Hill Road between Molalla and Hubbard.

In case of inclement weather on Wednesday, Feb. 21, the workshop would be postponed one week. For online information, visit the church web site at Or call the church office at 503-651-2274, or Louise Gingerich at 503-651-2816.

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