open house rapture
By Patricia Belyea
SEATTLE WA Last April, Michael started to build out a mini quilt shop (see blog post: shop) in our daylight basement. We used the night of the harvest moon, September 19, as the deadline for getting everything finished.
I invited 15 Special Guests—original people who are full of life—and a whole community of textile and quilt lovers. About 60 people visited throughout the course of the evening.
On the big day, my daughter Victoria took the day off work to help out. Trained at Culinary Institute of America, she whipped up two hundred Matcha Mint Mini Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream as well as herbal infusions for spritzer drinks. That kept Victoria busy until the last moment when she changed clothes and became the gal in charge of Okan Arts Shop.
My twin sister Pamela arrived late in the afternoon and prepped platters of fresh fruit skewers. Her daughter Sarah had Michael up on a ladder hanging Japanese paper lanterns, per her direction. Earlier in the day Michael pressure washed the driveway to make the entrance of the shop bright and clean.
My family ensured our home was ready for a public event. I’m so thankful for their support.
My friend LeeAnn of Nifty Quilts created 103 colorful blocks with yukata cottons for a friendship quilt. Each block was prepped with a central white stripe for guests to sign. That’s LeeAnn, on the right, checking out an indigo bolt with bright floral patterns.
Upstairs food and drinks filled my cleaned-up studio. Geoff, a quilter who uses fabrics with images of people such as Frida Kahlo, Buddha and muscular firemen, put on an impromptu trunk show in the living room. The detail of his designs and beaded embellishments were hugely admired.
Here I am, three nights after the Harvest Moon Viewing Open House, still in awe of the amazing gathering. It was an important event for me—the coming-out of Okan Arts Shop— as well as a great night for creative folks to connect with one another.
Susan Collicott won five yards of yukata cotton ($75 value)
Michele Broderick won the Why Quilting Matters DVD ($40 value)
Sue O’Donnell won the travel sewing wallet by Cathy Newman of Victoria BC ($25 value)