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What a Beautiful Day for a Drive!

October 4, 2009

La Conner is a quaint little town on the edge of the Swinomish Channel in Washington State, near Burlington.  La Conner is home to charming Victorian homes, wonderful art galleries and unique shops, and the La Conner Quilt Festival, which is held this year from October 2-4.

I ventured out this morning  (such a beautiful morning!), and drove the scenic 145 km from Vancouver to spend the day at the festival.  In it’s 12th year, Quilt Fest is the annual fundraiser for the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum.  Since 1997, the museum has been dedicated to collecting, preserving and exhibiting local, national and international quilts in its home in the stunning 1891 Gaches Mansion overlooking La Conner and the Swinomish Channel,

La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum, Gaches Mansion

La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum, Gaches Mansion

The festival itself is held in three different locations throughout town – inside the historic Gaches Mansion, Maple Hall, and the La Conner Civic Garden Club.  Many local businesses are also involved – participating in the annual month-long La Conner Quilt Walk, which takes place through the month of September and right through Quilt Fest.  Nearly 40 local shops and galleries display quilts from the Contemporary QuiltArt Association, making the festival a true community event.

For only  $10 USD, visitors can take in all three venues, hosting over 200 quilts from around the US, British Columbia and Japan, and stroll through the local shops to view even more quilts and quiltart pieces.

I had the opportunity to chat with Liz Theaker, Director of the museum, and Kathleen Kok, Curator.  Last year, Quilt Fest saw approximately 11,000 visitors.  This year the two women estimate at least 13,000 to 14,000 visitors will attend the show.  I’m sure the beautiful fall weather has helped!

“Each year, Quilt Fest grows, with more visitors and more sponsors,” Theaker said.  “And we’ve seen quite a few Canadians – we’ve had great support from our Canadian neighbors”.

You still have one more day to visit the La Conner Quilt Fest.  The festival runs until tomorrow – October 4th.  Festival hours are 10am – 5pm.  Visit http://www.laconnerquilts.com for more information.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. October 4, 2009 3:44 pm

    WOW! Sounds like it was a great show! Too bad I didn’t have a valid passport… rules these days! Both the quilts AND the buildings are STUNNING!!! I will have to plan in advance to go next year!
    Hugs, L

  2. Donna James permalink
    October 4, 2009 4:02 pm

    Please check your spelling. The creator of FLY BOYS is Dawn Fox Cooper.
    thanks

    • northernquilter permalink*
      October 4, 2009 7:19 pm

      Thanks Donna for your correction. I had taken the spelling directly from the bio beside the quilt, though upon further research, I note that the bio had the incorrect spelling. I have corrected the spelling on the photo in this post.
      ~ Heather

  3. October 6, 2009 10:21 pm

    Hi Heather, how lucky you are to be so close to head out to this show…I’m heading to a show in Leduc AB next weekend and Rocky Mountain House the following – you attending either of these? I would like to connect over a coffee or something one of these days.
    Valerie
    http://www.pastimesonline.ca/vals-quilting/

  4. October 7, 2009 3:20 am

    What an awesome day Heather! Sorry I couldn’t join you. I love the town and even the drive down. Last time I visited the quilt museum, the show was all Canadian and I saw amazing quilts from the Maritimes, of all places!

    • northernquilter permalink*
      October 7, 2009 6:16 am

      Krista,
      It was great! First time to the quilt museum, I’m afraid to say, but loved it! And La Conner is such a quaint little town. In two years, the museum is doing an all Canadian exhibit. Keep your eye out for info on that here on the blog, and in the magazine!

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