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Artist profile: Patty Mitchell guest artist at quilt show

Patty Mitchell is the guest artist for the annual “Starry, Starry Night” quilt show hosted by Evergreen Quilters, Sept. 18-19 at Birchwood Presbyterian Church.
Patty Mitchell is the guest artist for the annual “Starry, Starry Night” quilt show hosted by Evergreen Quilters, Sept. 18-19 at Birchwood Presbyterian Church. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Patty Mitchell is the guest artist for the annual “Starry, Starry Night” quilt show hosted by Evergreen Quilters, which runs Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 18-19, at Birchwood Presbyterian Church.

The show will include about 100 quilts by members of the club, plus a merchant mall with vendors, a white-elephant sale, and a boutique.

Here’s more about Mitchell and the show.

Question: When did you become interested in quilting?

Answer: Although I made several baby quilts in the 1970s, it wasn’t until 1985 that I became seriously interested in quilting, during the cold winters in Colorado. It’s been a passion ever since.

Q: When did you join Evergreen Quilters?

A: An email inquiry to Evergreen Quilters I made in December 2007 was answered with the friendliest response, detailing the group’s structure and activities. The following week, I became a member.

Q: What do you enjoy about quilting?

A: The evolution from the traditional bed quilt to artistic wall art has been an exciting journey for many quilters, myself included. Quilting is not just about stitching. Taking an original design from conception to completion involves both the right and left sides of the brain.

Q: Why do you like being part of the club?

A: I love the whole process of quilting, especially with friends involved. Evergreen Quilters was established as a chapter of the National Quilting Association about 40 years ago, with just a handful of creative women. With more than 60 members currently, the opportunities to learn are practically endless.

The guild meets every Tuesday for business, community service, educational programs, study sessions, and workshops or field trips. There is a niche where every quilt enthusiast, regardless of skill level, can be comfortable.

Another great benefit of membership is an annual quilting retreat. Because we spend so much time together, a bond develops far beyond quilting.

Q: What will you display at the show, and what are some other highlights?

A: I will have an exhibit titled “Solid at Both Ends.” There will also be special exhibits that include quilts of valor, a memorial exhibit, a members’ quilt challenge, and an example of our community service work. More than 100 quilts will be displayed; some will be for sale.

As have the 20-plus quilt shows in the past, a portion of the proceeds of sales will fund our continuing education and our community service projects, which exceed a hundred quilts a year for preemies at St. Joseph hospital and lap quilts for patients receiving dialysis at Mount Baker Kidney Center.

Reach Margaret Bikman at 360-715-2273 or margaret.bikman@bellinghamherald.com. Read her columns at bellinghamherald.com/behind-the-scenes.

”Starry, Starry Night”

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 19

Where: Birchwood Presbyterian Church, 400 Meadowbrook Court

Admission: $7 general; $5 children; free for children 12 and younger

Details: 360-671-0822, evergreenquilters.org

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