The Pedee Women’s Club spent the last Wednesday wrapping up the work on the top of the next raffle quilt benefitting their soldier fund. Now all that needs to be done is to get it quilted, which member Pat Yancey will be doing for us on her long-arm quilting machine. New neighbor Natalie Willwert joined the group to work on it, as well as to learn to “tie” a quilt for a child at risk. Natalie and her family live in Aaron Burbank’s old house. The club is still making lap quilts that go to the veterans’ home in Medford and to women veterans in Lebanon.

The club misses Juandeane Skidmore, who has been sitting with husband Skid, who is now in a memory care home in Woodburn. Dorothy McBeth is also not able to get out as much as she used to, although the group has added many new women as they retire and are able to come. The club has been meeting weekly since at least 1927, and are happy to see the continuation through the years. The club also has a surprising number of regular members from outside of Pedee: Dallas, Monmouth, Wren, Albany, and even the Portland area.

Suzanne Burbank is now working at the Corvallis Wilco store, which means she drives 20 minutes to work rather than an hour and 20 minutes. It will be life changing for her, adding two hours of time to most days. She has been working at Wilco for almost 25 years now. On Sunday, the Burbanks had a family gathering to celebrate both Dave and Derek’s birthdays. Derek is 25 now and Dave is getting older, too. (Do men care if people know how old they are?)

This last weekend Diane Telfer and I taught quilting and sewing classes at the Mid-Valley Quilt Guild’s “quilt college” at the Polk County Fairgrounds in Rickreall. I taught a fun way to make nine-patch blocks from scraps and a class on appliqué. Diane taught her class to make reversible aprons from fat quarters (a quilting term meaning a quarter of a yard of fabric cut into four squares of a quarter-yard each). The quilt college is held every other year for two days and is a great way to learn new techniques at a good price, as guild members volunteer their time to teach the classes. Look for it in 2018.

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