La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum

A side trip to La Conner, Washington was a bonus to another successful and fun workshop.  Long on the radar was the fact that Mary Lou Weidman had a show of her Story Quilts at the La Conner quilt museum. For those of you who have never been to the museum, it is a must see. The first floor of the historic old Gaches Mansion is a showcase of antique furniture and antique quilts. The 2nd and 3rd floors are showcases for wonderful artists and their quilts. Mary Lou held court on the top floor with her colourful, whimsical & heavily embellished quilts. They were a marvel to look at. But, for me, the surprise of the day was the “What Remains” showing on the 2nd floor. What Remains: Japanese Americans in Internment Camps was a combination of poems by Margaret Chula and quilts by Cathy Erickson. Wow, just wow. It was powerful and the first time in my life that I have been moved to tears by what was represented in words and fabrics. Awesome job by these wonderful artists. Take a look at their website, http://www.laconnerquilts.com/,  and check out the upcoming quilting events. La Conner is an hour & a half from Tsawwassen and well worth the trip. Spend a couple hours in the museum and have a great lunch on the waterfront. It was a great way to end a wonderful weekend. Happy quilting everyone.  

Enjoying the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum

 

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