Zion Mennonite Church will hold its 48th edition of the Quilting Workshop Feb. 20-22 at the church

Zion Mennonite Church will hold its 48th annual Quilting Workshop at the church three miles east of Hubbard. The three-day workshop includes a display of quilts, wall hangings and comforters ranging from the latest techniques and colors to century old heirlooms.

Approximately 1,000 people attend this event each year. The Workshop will be held Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 20-22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

There is no admission charged but donations are being 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.

Zion Mennonite Church volunteers will serve a soup and bread lunch each day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a suggested donation of $4. Creamy Tomato Soup and Vegetable Beef Chowder will be served.

Each day, workshop volunteers are available to guide attendees 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.

JOHN BAKER - There will be quilts of all types at this year's Zion Mennonite Quilting Workshop.

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.

Scheduled demonstrations are:.

Thursday and Saturday: Anita Lindberg – Foundation Piecing

Friday: Karen Stephens, proprietor of "Speckled Hen Quilts" – Machine Applique

A large array of fairtrade 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 located at 6124 S. Whiskey Hill Road outside of Hubbard.

In the case of inclement weather on Feb. 20, the workshop would be postponed one week. For on-line information, visit the church web site at

For more information, call the church office at 503-651-2274, or Louise Gingerich at 503-651-2816.

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