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Modern with a Hint of Vintage Lecture with Marla Varner

July 27, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

- Included with admission/Free to Whatcom Museum and Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum members
Detail of modern quilt

Award-winning quilter Marla Varner, who has a quilt featured in the Modern Quilts exhibition, will share slides and a selection of her quilts to illustrate how her journey started, and describe the ways her quilts have evolved from a traditional to a modern aesthetic. While some of the techniques have changed, there are elements of her process that have remained the same. She will also share her experiences as a member of the Modern Quilt Guild and the international modern quilt community. Her lecture will be followed by a Q & A.

Co-Presented by the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Art Museum (PNWQFAM) at 703 North 2nd Street in LaConner, Wash. Members of PNWQFAM can receive free entry into the Modern Quilts exhibition and this lecture 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.

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 27, 2019
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Included with admission/Free to Whatcom Museum and Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum members
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