Note: Our WALLY event team is looking forward to attending the opening day of StashFest, a two-day sale of unique fabrics for quilting, fashion, and home décor! We asked StashFest coordinator and presenter Patricia Belyea to write a guest blog post for us, to share what she looks forward to most for the annual event.
By Patricia Belyea, StashFest Coordinator
StashFest has always inspired Northwest quilters and textiles aficionados with one-of-a-kind fabrics and designer wearables. The two-day event, popping up this weekend in the waterfront town of La Conner, raises funds for La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum.
At the top on my list of favorite things at StashFest ranks
the fabulous fabrics. Artisans and micro textiles companies share their handmade and vintage wares. The lineup of presenters this year includes:
Ann Darling — eclectic global fabrics and designer clothing
Ako Shimozato — Japanese textile reinvented
Suzanna Leigh — hand-painted and dyed silks
Peggy Juve — digitally printed artist fabrics and clothing
The CQA Collection — collectors’ choice fabrics
Annie Lewis — hand silk-screened new and upcycled fabrics
Melanie Hopkins — hand-dyed Kona cottons
Patricia Belyea — vintage Japanese yukata cottons
the people. The attendees, fondly known as StashFesters, love to make stuff. Their curiosity and excitement about all things fabric generates a magical energy throughout the event.
Last on my list is
the Museum. La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum, one of 21 quilt museums across the nation, displays three floors of exhibits in the historic Gaches Mansion. Showing quilts in a museum validates this iconic American art form that was once deemed a common domestic craft.
StashFest: Unique Fabrics & Designer Wearables
Saturday, March 29 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. FREE
Sunday, March 30 10 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE
Saturday, March 29 10-11a.m. $12
Get first pick of everything!
Buy a Preview Sale ticket
La Conner Civic Garden Club
622 South Second St., La Conner
Across the street from La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum
(Museum photo by Alex Kramer.)