stitchers of the carousel
By Patricia Belyea
REPUBLIC WA Piece N’ Pals meets at the Merry-Go-Round Pavilion on the Ferry County Fairgrounds—in the same building as a wonderful carved wooden carousel. In 1958, local ranchers transported the carousel from Tacoma on the back of a wheat truck. Since then, the antique carousel has been a part of the annual fair festivities every Labor Day weekend.
Last night I drove over to Republic WA to present to Piece N’ Pals. Normally the quilt guild has 20 to 25 members attend its monthly meetings. My upcoming presentation “Enter the Alluring World of Japanese Yukata Quilts” was published in the local newspaper and six visitors joined us for the evening.
Guild president Bonnie Howe kept the business part of the agenda moving at a fast clip so there would be more time for my lecture. Show ’N Tell, filled with impressive projects, moved at lightning speed. All the same, the meeting lasted half an hour over its regular closing time.
I set up three tables of yukata cottons for a petite trunk show. The hand-dyed fabrics were a big hit with the Piece N’ Pals gals and friends.
It was a wonderful evening, all round. And because of the long days of June, I was able to get back to my mountain home on Toroda Creek before dark.
Bonus Question:What is the difference between a carousel and a merry-go-round?
A carousel turns counterclockwise and a merry-go-round turns clockwise.