Members of CFG believe in giving back to the community. Our skills with fabric and fiber arts give us many ways to do that.

We maintain a regular thread of activities and ask our members to become involved — giving back so the community around us thrives with help from our members.

Questions about Outreach? Please email Katie Walwyn at



HUD-VASH, which handles VA Supportive Housing, is a collaborative project between the Veterans Administration and HUD. The program helps veterans who are homeless and their families find and sustain permanent housing. To support this cause, our members create small wall hangings for those who have very little to furnish their homes. These wall hangings may be the first things these families have with which to decorate a wall.


Our project is based on one founded in 2010 by Jamie Fingal called The House Quilt Project. For inspiration, see the blog which features a wide variety of designs, colors, and house styles.


Members are free to design their own compositions. Quilts should be positive and uplifting in spirit, with a house motif as a focal point, which reinforces the spirit of a new and lasting home.


To meet the requirements:

  • Quilts should measure 14" x 14"

  • Include the image of a house

  • Include a simple hanging device sewn on the back: rings or pop tabs

  • Feature a label sewn on the back: 

Made Especially For
The House Quilt Project
Your Name
City and State


For more information contact Sharry Olmstead by email.


Sharry will provide a container at guild meetings for House Quilt donations, which she will deliver to the HUD-VASH office serving the greater Portland-Vancouver Metro area. Their social workers will in turn distribute the quilts. (NOTE: During COVID-19, please contact Sharry by email to coordinate delivery of your donation.)





Members knit caps for veterans to provide warmth and comfort as the VA hospital maintains a cool indoor temperature. The only requirement is that we use acrylic yarn, rather than wool, for easy washability. 

The following link offers an easy pattern called Man Hat for those who need one:  Knit Alone Together Blog

For more information contact Sharry Olmstead by email.

Sharry will have a container available at guild meetings for donations of knitted caps, which she will deliver to the VA Hospital. (NOTE: During COVID-19, please contact Sharry by email to coordinate delivery of your donation.)




Quilts for Empowerment is an Oregon non-profit that has been supporting obstetrical fistula survivors in Kenya since 2015. With one stitch at a time these women are creating beautiful embroidered quilts telling the story of their journey and road to recovery. This non profit is always in need of embroidery floss and venues to sell their beautiful products. All proceeds go back to the programs in Kenya. You will be moved by their stories. For more information, email them at




In 2019 an art student was selected from Pacific Northwest College of Art to receive a cash grant to use to pay for supplies and books. The guild reevaluates this program annually with the amount determined by funds available.




Members create bags for veterans to use on their wheel chairs and walkers so they don’t have to use plastic bags which tear and reveal their contents. This project is a great way for us to use our creativity and stash, while brightening the lives of those who have served us. Su Scott collects and delivers the bags to veteran homes. 


For more information contact Su Scott.


Columbia FiberArts Guild
Multnomah Station
PO Box 19645
Portland, OR 97280-0645

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CFG wishes to acknowledge support from: 
Mill End Store

Montavilla Sewing Centers

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