lynden—land of dairies and berries
By Patricia Belyea
LYNDEN WA Last night I presented to the Pieceable Quilters of Lynden, a farming community near Bellingham. Just seven miles away is Grace Harbor Farm that makes the most incredible yogurt!
We gathered at the fire station, which has a little conference room with lots of tables and chairs. There was no projector available so I gave my talk by telling stories, showing yukata patterns on bolts, holding up small quilts, and bringing posters of quilts long-gone.
Every guild has its own special delights. Guests, those who brought guests, new members, and members celebrating their birthdays that month got to choose a fat quarter out of an overflowing basket. I believe that annual dues include the gifting of two fat quarters to the guild for this hospitable practice.
There were three raffles where members could buy tickets for the chance to win a generous gift basket. One had fourteen civil-war reproduction fat quarters and two books on quilts from that era—celebrating Presidents’ Day. Another, saluting St. Patrick’s Day, had green fabrics, a travel book on quilts from Ireland, and a mug with shamrocks. The third basket gave a nod to Asia with a two-yard panel of fabric with white cranes, a quilt book and more.
All in all, a great evening with about 40 quilters from the northwest corner of the northwest state.