4A ❚ WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2018 ❚ APPEAL TRIBUNE Life in the Valley Combining crafts, charity Audrey Sherman said the local quilting group always welcomes new members. Sublimity Quilters celebrate 40 years of stitching this year during the annual Quilt Show & Work Week, Jan. 22-26, 2018, at St. Boniface. PHOTOS BY JUSTIN MUCH/STAYTON MAIL Sublimity Quilters celebrates 40 years Justin Much Salem Statesman Journal USA TODAY NETWORK Since its 1978 inception, the Sublimity Quilters have sought to “preserve and encourage the art of quilting, provide a social function for quilters and accomplish charity work related to quilting and com- forters.” Audrey Sherman shared that aim Thursday, Jan. 25, midway through the group’s annual Quilt Show & Work Week. The group gathered each day through the week in the basement of the rectory at St. Boniface Catholic Church, welcoming visi- tors as members plied away at their craft. Sherman and Edna Rickman are the only two 40-year members of the original assembly, but over time members have joined from Salem, Keizer, Silverton and vari- ous other locales throughout the Mid-Willamette Valley. “Every year during the quilt show we try to pick up a few new members so we can keep it going,” Sherman said. Much of the show’s focus in- cludes charity projects, and the rectory sported a list of beneficia- ries from years past. Sherman said each day there is usually a quilt be- ing hand stitched, several people sewing on machines and others ty- ing and hemming all sizes of com- forters for charity. Recipients include the Regis High School Auction, St. Boniface, local school carnivals and auc- tions, Birthright of Salem and vic- tims of fires or poverty conditions. The quilters welcome the com- pany and treat visitors with door prizes as Sherman noted: “All com- ers are welcome to spend all day or a few hours with us.” Anyone interested in the group or in becoming a member can con- tact Sherman by calling 503-510- 2839, or Laura Mitchell at 503- 580-0498. “Every year during the quilt show we try to pick up a few new members so we can keep it going,” Audrey Sherman said of the annual Quilt Show & Work Week. Barbara Jones plies away at her hobby Thursday afternoon at St. Boniface. A list of those who have benefited from the local quilters is seen posted in the rectory at St. Boniface.