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Hand Quilting Intro and Inspiration Workshop with Marla Varner

July 28, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

- $60 – $75
Modern black, white and red quilt

Hand Quilting Workshop: Intro and Inspiration with Marla Varner

In this workshop, we will explore ways to add texture, line, and color to your quilts using hand quilting, fiber artist Marla Varner’s favorite way to finish a quilt! You will be introduced to basic hand quilting techniques and learn about a variety of threads, needles, batting, hoops, thimbles, and other tools. Hand quilting is a very simple process, and once you know the basics you can begin practicing and develop your own style. Varner will share her quilts, her love of hand quilting, and her personal preferences. In addition, you will receive a resource list of tutorials and materials to help you explore on your own, following the workshop. Registration is available from the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Art Museum website.

Co-Presented by the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Art Museum (PNWQFAM) at 703 North 2nd Street in LaConner, Wash. Members of PNWQFAM can receive a membership discount to this workshop by presenting their membership information during online registration. PNWQFAM can also enjoy free entry into the Modern Quilts exhibition by presenting their current membership card at the front admission desks at the Lightcatcher building and Old City Hall. Whatcom Museum members can receive free entry into PNWQFAM between June 1 – August 25 by showing their current membership card to the admissions desk.

$60 Whatcom Museum and Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum Members/$75 Non-Members
Limit of 12 students (All levels of experience welcome)
Additional $15 Material Kit Fee:
Paid to the instructor the day of the workshop. Optional: Students are encouraged to bring their own thimble and a hoop if they have one, otherwise there will be some available to use during the workshop.

About Marla Varner:
Marla Varner, a fiber artist from Sequim, Wash., uses an improvisational process and free-form cutting techniques to create unique quilts. Her contemporary pieces use both hand and machine quilting to add texture. An award-winning quilter, she exhibits work at international shows, as well as local museums and galleries. She is an active member of the Modern Quilt Guild. Her quilt Trestle Nestle is featured in the exhibition, Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century, and two quilts, Trestle Nestle and Coral Reef, were selected for publication in the accompanying catalogue Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century. She shares her work and process on her website: pennylanequilts.com.

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Thinking about making it a Modern Quilt weekend in Bellingham? The Whatcom Museum is pleased to partner with these local hotels to provide special rates and packages for museum visitors. Click on the logos below to go directly to each hotel’s website. Call to book at the Hotel Bellwether, 877.411.1200, or The Chrysalis Inn & Spa, 888.808.0005, and mention the Whatcom Museum rate. Use the logo link below to receive the special rate at Home2 Suites by Hilton (codes will auto-populate). Book online for the Heliotrope Hotel using the discount code Community18.


July 28, 2019
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
$60 – $75
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