Melinda Andrews

Melinda Andrews is shown with her Smile quilt.

Contributed photo

COOS BAY — The 2017 Sea of Quilts XXIII show by Coos Sand 'n Sea Quilters Guild will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, on the lower level of the Boys & Girls Club located at 3333 Walnut Ave. in Coos Bay. Admission is $5 and free to those 12 and under.

The Guild welcomes the public to meet the 2017 Featured Quilter, Melinda Andrews, of Myrtle Point, and to see a display of her quilts and quilted items.

As a youngster Melinda started sewing out of necessity and hated everything about garment sewing. In 1998 she caught the “bug” from her girlfriend’s mother, Dixie Tanner. She borrowed a pattern and had the top pieced in a week. It took her a little longer to hand quilt it. Her first quilt, “Imperfection Inspection,” will be displayed at the quilt show. She enjoys appliqué, embroidery, designing her own quilt patterns and machine quilting all of her own work. Her favorite part of quilting is sharing her passion with anyone that will listen, road trips and retreats with her quilting buddies. She will serve as President of the Guild In 2017-18. When she is not quilting, she can be found on jeep excursions with her husband.

The quilt show will feature over 200 quilts and/or quilted items, free hourly demonstrations, a vendor mall, and a member boutique. Attendees can vote for their favorite quilts on Saturday with award ribbons presented on Sunday. The drawing for the raffle quilt will be on Sunday, 9/17 at 3:45 p.m. and the winner does not need to be present to win. Money raised by the show helps to fund Community Service projects of the guild and/or other groups for donation quilts to local Palliative /Hospice Care and hospitalized infants and children.

Free Saturday Demos

11 a.m., Wonder Block; noon, Squaring up quilt blocks & quilt binding techniques; 1 p.m., Using the Accuquilt; 2 p.m., Mug Rugs; 3 p.m., Recycled clothing; and at 4 p.m., Bobbin quilting.

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Free Sunday Demos

11 a.m., Fabric Origami; noon, Placemat Bag; 1 p.m., Binding tricky corners; 2 p.m., Mariners Compass/strip-peicing method; and at 3 p.m. Quilting  tips  you will use.

Coos Sand 'n Sea Quilters meet the first Thursday of every month (September-June) at 7 p.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Various monthly programs are offered. The Guild welcomes new members and is open to anyone with an interest in quilting or with any level of expertise from beginning to experienced quilters. For more information: contact or Coos Sand 'n Sea Quilt Guild page on Facebook.