Welcome to the only daytime quilt guild on the Eastside!
Next Meeting: June 16, 2016 Speaker: Kathleen Kok
Printing and Textile Development in America
Kathleen Kok has been the Curator and Collections Manager of the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum since 2008. As Curator, Kathleen has designed the gallery space and installed over one hundred exhibits of local, national, and international fiber artists. As Collections Manager, she is responsible for the textile, household, and library collections, as well as quilting-related ephemera and the Gaches Mansion history.
Kathleen feels that one of the most fulfilling aspects of working for a small textile museum is the wide variety of work involved in the scope of her job. Recently her hand-quilting skills were utilized as part of the Schlotterback Project. This Museum project involved finishing a quilt tops by Josie Teeter Schlotterback, dating from 1890-1930, that had been gifted to the Museum by the Schlotterback family of Bellingham.
A native of Whatcom County, Kathleen's parents are Dutch immigrants. Her father was a jeweler who enjoyed remodeling every home they lived in. Her was a homemaker and worked in a variety of needle arts - she never sat with idle hands! Kathleen followed in the footsteps of both of her parents, acquiring a lifelong passion for old houses and the fiber arts, especially quilts. She is a graduate of Western Washington University with a BA in Studio Art, Fibers concentration.
Overlake Hospital Honors ESQ
ESQ was selected as the Volunteer (Group) of the Month by Overlake Hospital in appreciation of the quilts they have received from us. The head of their Volunteer Services presented an beautiful engraved award to ESQ at our March 2016 meeting. She and two of her colleagues told stories of how much the recipients and their families appreciate the special hug of our donated quilts. It was an emotional and touching moment.
Right: JoAn Engstrom accepts award on behalf of ESQ.