For those who haven't heard the news, Oregon Quilt Project Coordinator Martha Spark has moved to Oklahoma, where her husband, Don, recently took a new job. Martha has been a driving force behind our project during the first year. She conducted documentation training sessions for volunteers in Eugene, drafted documentation forms, organized documentation events, verified information about quilts following each documentation event, maintained project supplies, helped prepare mailings, and did a number of presentations to promote the project.
Martha is a quilt restorer and Victorian costume and textiles specialist. Prior to moving to Oregon she was Collections Manager at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, Colorado, and Chair of the Historic Costume committee at the Avery House Historic District in Fort Collins, Colorado. Martha is a longtime member of the American Quilt Study Group and former member of the Rocky Mountain Quilt Study Group, and has conducted many workshops on preserving antique quilts and textiles. As facilitator of the Columbia-Willamette Quilt Study Group, Martha organized meetings at various locations around the state. Each meeting included a special presentation and show-and-tell. Following each meeting, Martha distributed e-newsletters to members with highlights and pictures from the meeting, and information about future events.
The Oregon Quilt Project and the Columbia-Willamette Quilt Study Group would like to thank Martha for all her efforts, and we wish her well in all her future endeavors.