Nan Scott, of Yachats, has been selected as the featured quilter for “Quilts by the Sea,” the annual quilt show sponsored by the Oregon Coastal Quilters Guild (OCQG).
The quilt show will be held at the Newport Recreation Center, located at 225 SE Avery St. Show hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3.
Scott learned to sew when her grandmother taught her how to use a treadle machine. She said her first attempt was probably an apron for home economics class. Then she “graduated” to her mother’s 1930s Singer Featherweight. It was well used, and most of the enamel coating had chipped off — Scott remembers wearing rubber-soled shoes to prevent getting shocked.
The incentive to sew was diminished though because her family was living in Taiwan. If Scott wanted a dress for a party, she could take a picture from a catalog to a local dressmaker and get a duplicate tailored to fit for about $3 U.S. dollars.
Scott became interested in quilting in the mid-1980s when several of her Oregon State University colleagues would gather to tie baby and thrift shop quilts. However, a real passion for the creative art of quilting had to wait until retirement in 2003.
OCQG member Gladys Schoonover invited Scott to a meeting in 2004. Schoonover’s encouragement and sense of humor brought quilting alive. Since then, guild workshops, friendship groups and mentors have broadened Scott’s perspective and challenged her to try new directions. Many of her quilts have an Asian theme that stems from the love and respect of the Chinese people engendered when she lived in China and Taiwan.
Since joining OCQG, Scott has built the guild’s original website and served as workshop chair, newsletter editor, president, block of the month coordinator, membership chair and quilt show co-chair. She and several other members also started an annual retreat, currently held at the Oregon Garden. Scott says, “Quilters are such compassionate, giving people who will be there for you in joyful times and in heartache. For me, that is the true heart of quilting.”
The annual quilt show, “Quilts by the Sea,” is organized by OCQG. This year’s event will feature about 300 quilts, including the 2019 guild challenge of medallions for future veterans’ quilts.
Other quilt show features include a vendor mall, members’ boutique, displays of guild activities and a children’s corner. A two-day silent auction of small quilts will be conducted; half the proceeds of the auction will be donated to a local charity. The 4-H Coastal Ranchers will offer snacks and light lunches during the show.
The guild has more than 200 members throughout Lincoln County and beyond. Additional information about the show and the guild is on their website, www.oregoncoastalquilters.org.