stashfest 2.0 : bigger & better
By Patricia Belyea
SEATTLE WA In November 2011, the Board of La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum met with an unknown (to them) community volunteer who wanted to create a spring fundraiser. That was me! The Board approved my idea of StashFest although they were a little nervous about the name. And two Board members volunteered to work with me—the amazing Janet Foster and Joe Pepia.
Although I’d already begun working on StashFest, it was a breathtaking project to develop and then promote a state-wide weekend event for March 2012.
StashFest originally was a quilt show without any quilts—essentially the only activity was shopping. The big difference was the vendors—emerging artists and artisans, speciality importers, and collectors with remarkable stashes. The inaugural StashFest ran for two days and raised $13,000 for LCQTM.
Here are some photos from StashFest 2013:
And textile treats from StashFest 2014:
For three years I coordinated the fundraiser. Lots of unique and specialty fabrics were sold, raising money for the Museum.
What I liked best about StashFest was gathering the quilting and textile community all in one place. The energy in the hall—La Conner Civic Garden Club—sparked with synergy and serendipity. Guests met old friends and made new ones.
- LCQTM adopted StashFest in 2015 as a Museum-led event with a wonderful cohort of volunteers. Now StashFest 2016 has moved to a brand new venue with a huge space and plenty of parking.
- Here’s what you can look forward to this year:
- – the first 50 guests receive a complimentary gift bag!
-26 artisans and vendors with textiles, embellishments and fibers—including hand-dyed shibori cotton, batik prints, hand-marbled and snow-dyed fabrics; ethnic and vintage textiles from around the world; hand-crafted embellishments; hand-spun yarns; a selection of rovings, both dyed and natural; and an assortment of wearable art and finished products
-6 artist demonstrations—Cate Grinzell, making buttons from bronze clay; Anita Luvera-Mayer, attaching mirrors to fabric; Jane Hyde, reed basket making; Marliss Kuusela, adapting any pattern to your personal style; Lois Ireland, Kumihimo bracelet with focal bead; Molly Gerhard, carding and spinning fiber batt
-a make-and-take table—painting silk scarves with Sharpie pens, $5
-Youth Discovery Area—“Recycle Me” theme where kids can learn to arm knit, finger crochet, weave, make dream catchers, and create cards or pictures using fabric scraps, all free!
-refreshments—La Conner High School junior class student body is providing breakfast pastries, salads, sandwiches, snacks, and drinks
Although I’m not a vendor this year, I look forward to seeing you there!
Saturday, April 9
10am to 5pm
La Conner High School
404 N Sixth Street, La Conner WA
This is a family event so bring everyone, including the little ones.
Directions to the new location
From the roundabout at the entrance to La Conner, continue heading toward downtown. At the first stop sign, turn right onto N Sixth Street. The school is two blocks down, just past E State Street, on the righthand side.
Free parking is along the street, across the street at the Elementary School, and on the far side of the High School—at the end of N Sixth Street, on your right.