2015 Western Washington Quilt Shop Hop

It’s time once again for the Western Washington shop hop! Unfortunately due to scheduling I was only able to attend one day, so I only got the stores between Lynden and Mt Vernon. Best part of course is collecting the squares with my son, we really need to make a scrappy quilt out of those! Lots of neat stuff to see, hopefully next year my husband’s big EMP event won’t conflict with the weekend…

MGQ – Speaker Patricia Belyea

This month the Moonlight Quilters Guild had returning guest speaker Patricia Belyea of Okan Arts visit us in Bellingham, WA. Patricia is known for importing and quilting with Yukata cottons. If you ever get a chance to visit her studio/store in Seattle it is defiantly a treat!

I’ve meet Patricia a number of times over the year and I love how she combines Yukata fabrics with modern quilting cottons. This time she spoke on “When a Quilt is More Than a Quilt,” stories about her commissions experience creating quilts using clothing from loved ones. It chronicled the processes of designing the quilts, working with her clients and dealing with the failing health of her mother.

Photographed by Linda St Andre, Moonlight Quilters Guild
Photographed by Linda St Andre, Moonlight Quilters Guild

I was very pleased to have her speak at our guild. I always love her stories and humor, as well as her modern take on quilting. Hopefully one of these days I can make it out to one of her retreats or workshops!

This month I did have one lonely friendship block to turn in…

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Happy stitching!

Stumbled Upon a Quilt Show…

We were traveling through Oregon on our way to Mount Shasta in Northern California when of course I had stop SOMEWHERE at a quilt shop. I picked QuiltWorks in Bend (for the longest time I would miss type the URL and end up on their website instead of a certain pattern maker that I like…) as it was on our way and fit with the timing. Upstairs they had a small quit show, such a neat idea! So here are the photos from the one stop I managed to weasel out of my husband. Enjoy!