special gifts at a secret shop
By Patricia Belyea
LA CONNER WA One of the best kept secrets in the historic waterfront town of La Conner is The Museum Shop at La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum. This week, Jacque Chase, the retail manager, showed me her top picks for Christmas gifts.
Jacque raved about origami ornaments made by Museum volunteers sparkling with unique button embellishments; a sterling silver Thimble Bell charm with a threaded needle for the clanger and a spool of thread on the link; and hand-dyed silk ribbons for crazy quilt embroidery.
My favorites were a sock monkey made from a bright orange and yellow striped sock; intriguing Fabric Jewels by Meg Hannan; and lots of quilting books.
Did you know that The Museum Shop stocks fat quarters, donated by members, for $1.50 each? Additional fabrics include marbled cottons by Suzi Soderlund; airbrushed silks by Flair Designs; aboriginal cottons from Australia, and more. Also The Shop also sells one-yard pieces of my hand-dyed yukata cottons, displayed on an impressive vertical rack.
If you can make it to the Museum this holiday season, be sure to stop by The Museum Shop on the second floor of the historic Gaches Mansion.