Practicing their craft and enjoying community
Aside from their bond over quilting, they provide community service to Everett and the surrounding Snohomish County. Just after the Oso tragedy, more than 15 quilts were donated to affected families. Last December, they donated scarves and hats, and 63 quilts to Christmas House to be distributed to low-income families. Their sense of community carries through in all their activities.
On a warm weekend in April, they joined together at Camp Casey’s BOQ for their 3rd annual retreat. Why Camp Casey? Sue says “the price is right,” and it’s an easy drive from Everett. There are also two quilting shops on the island – one in Freeland and the other in Oak Harbor – for them to visit when they find themselves in need of more supplies. The BOQ also has a large kitchen, allowing the group to serve up planned meals throughout the weekend.
The weekend retreat wouldn’t be complete without a few games. One of their activities involves each member contributing squares and “fat” quarters. These contributions end up in giveaway bags as prizes in their raffles. Showcasing one’s work is a large part of the community spirit. Boards are laid out with a sampling of members’ designs and patterns. Shared appreciation of each other’s work is quickly realized as they show off quilts in progress and those completed.
It’s no coincidence that the Everett Quilt Guild chooses Camp Casey as its annual retreat location. Being able to set up workstations for all their members in the large hall, while dining and lodging under the same roof, provides the ingredients for community and bonding.