Press Release

posted by Shari on 9/8/2008

ENCORE! Another Blue Ribbon Quilt Fest in La Conner, Washington


This year’s Blue Ribbon Quiltfest celebrates the 11th anniversary of the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum. The festival will be held Sept. 26, 27 & 28, 10am-5pm, in La Conner and offers many quilting-related festivities:


La Conner Quilt Walk: In anticipation of the Quilt Festival, beautiful quilts handcrafted by FIDALGO ISLAND QUILTERS (FIQ) of Anacortes are on display in many downtown La Conner shops Sept. 1 – 30. Participating merchants will display “Quilt Walk Sponsor” signs to invite visitors inside to enjoy the quilts and the shops displaying them. MAPS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE PARTICIPATING SHOPS AND AT THE QUILT MUSEUM.


Show & Tell Dinner: The third annual Show & Tell Dinner will be held Friday, Sept. 26, 6:00 pm, at La Conner Seafood & Prime Rib Restaurant ($25/person). This delightful event is attended by our workshop instructors, festival attendees, Quiltfest show quiltmakers, and friends of the Museum, all of whom are encouraged to bring “show and tell” items to share. Our special speaker is Judy Irish who will share her Quilting humor with us.  Please join us at this dinner to honor the Past Presidents of the Museum; call the Museum at 360-466-4288 by Sept. 22 to make paid reservations.


Workshops: Internationally known teachers Judy Irish (teaching “Threadplay…. Fun & Fancy Machine Quilting” & “Living on the Raw Edge), Anita Luvera Mayer (teaching “Vested Interest” and “Mudpies for Adults”) and Roxanne Carter (teaching “Pathway to the Stars” and “Oriental Stars”) have some spaces left in their classes, so sign up today! Workshop fee of $75 includes all-day class plus lunch and admission to the shows. Call the Museum at 360-466-4288 to register online or download a workshop registration form from the FAQ page on our website,


Blue Ribbon Quilt Show at Maple Hall: Our “Encore!: Another Blue Ribbon Show”  is an encore presentation, featuring more quilts that have won awards at national shows or contests. This show should again be both awesome and inspiring!  Quilt exhibits and specialty vendors will be featured at Maple Hall and the Gaches Mansion plus we have added the Civic Garden Club to our venue; admission to ALL THREE venues is $8.00.


Gaches Mansion Exhibits: “TRADITIONAL PIECING WITH ETHIC AND HAND-DESIGNED FABRIC” BY REYNOLA PAKUSICH and “SIX STORIES”  AN EXHIBITION OF CONTEMPORARY ART TEXTILES” BY SIX ARTISTS FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM AND CANADA, are the current exhibits on display during the Quilt Festival. Specialty vendors will also be highlighted.


Specialty Vendors: Boutique vendors offering unique gifts and quilting supplies will display their goods at Gaches Mansion and Maple Hall. Festival attendees can view the exciting exhibits and shop with these specialty vendors at ALL THREE venues for JUST $8.00.


Silent Auction: This enjoyable auction, held annually during the Quilt Festival, offers quilting and other textile treasures — books, patterns, sewing equipment, notions, fabric, unfinished blocks, knitting supplies, handmade pieces, vintage items, and all sorts of other goodies. Please plan to join us – as a bidder, a donor, a volunteer, or all three!


The La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum is one of only thirteen quilt museums in the entire country and is housed in the turn-of-the-century Gaches Mansion, an historic landmark at 703 South 2nd Street in La Conner, WA. The Museum’s annual quilt festival is a community outreach event that helps raise awareness and funding to support this worthwhile non-profit organization.

Please plan to participate in this year’s fun-tastic quilt festival celebrating the Museum’s eleventh anniversary. You may contact the Museum at 360-466-4288 or visit our website at for additional information.