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Sandy area fiber artists plan September event to benefit Sandy Historical Museum

PMG PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - As a fundraiser for the Sandy Historical Society, the Sandy Quilting and Fiber Arts Club creates a quilt to raffle off every year. Tickets for this years quilt already are available. Feeling the itch to start your spring cleaning? The Sandy Quilting and Fiber Arts Club (QFAC) is accepting any unfinished quilting projects or quality quilting fabrics you no longer want.

The donated materials will be sold to fund the Sandy Historical Society's general operations and special projects at the club's annual fabric sale Sept. 11-12.

The club is taking donations of quality, clean fabrics at the museum, 39345 Pioneer Blvd., during museum hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The club meets at the museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of the month.

The fabric sale typically has brought in $2,000 to $4,000.

"We want to help keep the museum viable," said club member Valerie Walberg.

"In order to keep the quality (of the sale) up, we would especially like to have donations of high-quality quilter's cotton fabrics and wool," said QFAC member Shirley Crow. "This does not mean that we will not accept other items, but we're going to reserve the right to pass on fabrics and other items that do not sell well to other organizations that can use them."

The club is looking mostly for cottons and any sewing notions and tools people no longer need or want. Rayon, silk, denim or fleece materials will not be accepted.

"We do this fundraiser for the museum so we can still have a wonderful place to have our gatherings," Walberg said. "There's also a lot of other things the museum offers; folks can look up family history, genealogies and even have photos restored."

"This is our local museum and history, and we want to keep this going for future generations," member Jennifer Bliesner added. "The kids enjoy it here, and hopefully (when they grow up), they'll bring their children."

The club also will host a quilt show at the AntFarm Cafe and Bakery from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 3, and is selling raffle tickets for this year's quilt. Tickets are available at the museum. The quilt will be on a rotating display schedule between the museum and the Welches and Boring branches of Clackamas County Bank.

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