Saturday, April 21, 2012

A Weekend in Seattle and La Conner

Last weekend I went with two quilting buddies on a trip to Seattle and La Conner.  We often go to Seattle for the monthly meeting of the Contemporary QuiltArt Association.  Last week's speaker was Robin Worley who makes fashion from trash.  Robin showed us dresses made from plastic bags, CD's, tents, and even an inflatable raft.  Apparently there's an organization of these crazy designers who are obsessed with reusing the most unexpected materials.  They're planning a fashion show in Seattle in June.  See their website for more info.

After a quick stop at the Gates Foundation Visitor Center, where we learned that only a third of all humans in the world have bathrooms!, and the EMP (Experience Music Project?) Museum at Seattle Center to see the architecture (we didn't stay for the music or movies), we headed to Marysville, our headquarters for Saturday night.  Turns out there's not much in Marysvilled but an outlet mall.  We cruised the mall, had a bite to eat, and turned in early. 

Sunday was another beautiful spring day.  We headed for La Conner.  It was tulip festival time, but we were a bit early.  We did see some gorgeous fields of daffodils, but the tulips were only beginning.

We took a quick look around town then headed for the Gail Harker Studio, which has recently relocated to La Conner.  My friend Terri Shinn was part of a student show.  Terri's work was fabulous.  You'll be able to see one of her pieces in October when the Visions show opens in San Diego.  Congratulations, Terri! 

Our destination for the trip was the Carol Taylor lecture and show at the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum.  I met Carol back in the late 1980's or early 1990's at QSDS, the Quilt/Surface Design Symposium in Columbus, Ohio.  Carol and I had several classes together over the years, the last at Nancy Crow's Barn.  Carol's talk was informative and impressive.  She is so prolific! The quantity of work was overwhelming.  Carol gave us a great gallery tour after the lecture.  After that we headed home.  One stop at Panera for dinner, then back to Vancouver.  A weekend full of quilting and creativity!

1 comment:

  1. Your photos are an inspiration for new quilt designs! The first one is especially beautiful, with the blooming field accent. Whew! We used to live north of Seattle, and I miss the area dearly. Thanks so much.