Sunday, August 8, 2010

Whidbey Island Treasure Makers in Oak Harbor

Whidbey Island Treasure Makers was a fledgling guild that tried to start up on NAS Whidbey just before 9/11. It fell apart when the base went into lock down. Now a restart of the multi-needlework guild is happening in Oak Harbor.

Organizer, Debra Staley (owner of Quilters Workshop), says they are searching for a meeting location. In the meantime, they put together a quilt show at the Oak Harbor Elks Lodge, gathering quilts from all over Western Washington. They proved that Oak Harbor is a great location for future shows and the event is putting the Treasuremakers Guild back on the map.

Profits from this show were donated to the Elks Club Charities. The goal was to bring more people to Oak Harbor. Debra Staley stated "they really want to expand quilts and quilting as an art form". Ms. Staley announced that as the guild becomes more established, and has regular meetings and events, they will post more information in the local papers and on the web. For more information about this group, and the quilts shown here, please contact Debra at:

This was a very nice show and very well set up. Most of the quilts that were newer were machine stitched and were very nice. They displayed several older quilts as well and a few new quilts that were hand quilted. Many of the quilts came from established patterns and pre-printed patterns. It was a pleasure to see the work these artisans had done.

Treasure Makers on Whidbey Island.

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