2020 La Conner In Bloom Quilt/Fiber Art Challenge – The Secret Garden

Be inspired by the timeless story “The Secret Garden” to create a quilt or fiber art piece for this annual exhibit. Get creative and experiment with a variety of fabrics, fibers, and textiles! All entries will be displayed – and voted on for favorite! – in the Landmarks Gallery during the month of May. The work may be donated to the Museum to help us raise funds or returned to you.

It was the sweetest, most mysterious-looking place anyone could imagine. The high walls which shut it in were covered with the leafless stems of climbing roses which were so thick they were matted together.

Don’t let us make it tidy,  said Mary seriously. It wouldn’t seem like a secret garden if it was tidy.

At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done–then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.

Excerpts, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • Please keep the piece at or below dimensions of 36” x 36” and add a 2” hanging sleeve when appropriate. Please contact us if your piece will exceed these measurements so we can plan accordingly.
  • Affix a permanent label on back of your work with the title and your name.
  • Entries are due to the Museum by April 30th, 2020.
  • Include entry form when submitting your work.

Click Here for Entry Form

The mission of the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum is to present exhibitions and educational programs in all fiber arts that enrich and inspire, honor cultural traditions, and celebrate the creative spirit. 

We envision the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum as a world-class exhibition facility with comprehensive and stimulating educational programs in all fiber arts. Recognized as a premiere source for research, we will be the foundational core of a passionate, vibrant, and evolving fiber arts community. We are here to inspire, teach, and preserve fiber art traditions and culture for future generations.

Our collection focuses on the textiles of the Pacific Rim that both exemplify tradition and reflect contemporary trends.  The collection will serve both exhibition and educational purposes, and ensure its preservation for future artists, enthusiasts, and students.