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Proceeds from Vintage Quilt Show and Sale support programs for local seniors

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Midge Nasiatka shows off one of the vintage quilts that will be for sale at the Gresham Senior Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4.Volunteers in the sewing room at the Gresham Senior Center work diligently to restore and repair quilts donated to the organization.

While most of the donated quilts are dirty and worn, volunteers are able to wash them and mend patches to restore them as good as new. This weekend, their efforts will be celebrated during a Vintage Quilt Show, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4, at the Senior Center, 600 N.E. Eighth St.

Quilts made between the 1920s and 1960s will be on display to admire, as well as purchase.

"We get the quilts in pretty ratty and clean them up," said Midge Nasiatka, a volunteer.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - One of the vintage quilts for sale has the Sun Bonnet Sue pattern. The sale will offer more than 10 quilts to purchase including classic designs like the famous "Sun Bonnet Sue" pattern. Also for sale are carded antique buttons, buckles, jars of buttons, vintage fabric, quilting books, patterns and much more. Those who visit can enter a raffle for an assortment of gift baskets.

The Saturday sale coincides with the center's "Mother's Day Tea Around the World," which begins at 11:30 a.m.

Those who join in the tea ceremony are asked to wear something that represents their country of origin, and anyone wearing a fancy hat can join in a parade. Tickets for the Mother's Day Tea are $10.

All of the money raised during the two days supports the Gresham Senior Center, which depends on donations, fundraisers and daily classes to continue operating. The center needs help paying monthly rent and funding classes and programs for anyone older than 50 years old who visits.

For more information, call 503-988-4870.

Quilting relatives sought

Lena Chase St. Clair, co-founder of the Gresham Outlook Newspaper, owned a friendship quilt that was signed by the 18 women who helped complete it in the early 1900s.

That quilt is now in the possession of the Gresham Senior Center, and the hope is to bring together the relatives of those quilters to make a new one that can be paired with the original quilt.

The quilt was signed by the following women: Ida Tiebers, Clara Ida Cyphers, Anna Lemp, Mrs. Arnold Lemp, Mrs. E.E. Westring, Minnie Blaser, Mrs. Clara Kummer, Lorissa Kummer, Mrs. Will Kummer, Pauline Kummer, Elisa Buhler, Mrs. H. Damme, Mary Trenhof, Rose Lena Boss, Martha Boss, Almeda Thomas, Ella Meadal and Marie Leutwyler

If you are related to one of those quilters and would like to help stitch together the new quilt, contact the Gresham Senior Center, 600 N.E. Eighth St., at 503-988-4870. No quilting experience is needed.


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