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Quilted Art in the Garden

Northwest Flower & Garden Show 2009

While I rummaged through old photos today, looking for an image of a tree I photographed, I found my photographs of quilts in the display gardens at the Washington State Convention Center from 2009.

Quilt in the garden

Quilts displayed in gardens? I immediately went to my practical side and thought about moldy fabric from the rain, faded by the sun, and torn and tattered in the wind.

I’m not a quilter. I made some small, simple pillow covers once, which made me appreciate the time, effort, and skill of making these elaborate blankets and wall coverings.

However, my free-to-be-artistic side said, “Wow, why not?” I remember how much I loved the presentations—this one especially, with the echos of its design intertwined in the garden. Yes, fabric is an art form and perfect for a garden gallery.

Of course, almost anything goes in the always inspirational, ephemeral display gardens at the show, which are often not practical! The more I thought about it, the more I answered, “Heck, yes.”

I know many quilters love gardening. It makes sense to flaunt a beloved quilt in the garden, even temporarily, for a garden party or other special occasion. Also, I don’t see why a more outdoor-friendly, well-made quilt couldn’t be made (and most likely done already) from outdoor fabrics that would hold up well to the elements during the warmer seasons.

Quilt in the garden
Quilt in the garden

I would love to give credit to the garden designer and quilter from this garden; however, too many years have passed, and I don’t have that information anymore.


Quilter: Lynn Majidimehr

Garden display: Susan Webster (Gathering Fabrics in Woodinville) and Tom Quigley (Olympic Nursery).

Thanks to Nancy J. Martin who contacted the person who made the quilt, so that I could give credit where credit is due.



  1. Avatar for Debbie Teashon Jeanne DeBenedetti Keyes : September 28, 2023 at 9:54 am

    Very nice! I love the echo of the lattice in the quilt!

  2. Avatar for Debbie Teashon Lynn Majidimehr : September 29, 2023 at 10:31 am

    Debbie, I’m the quilter – Lynn Majidimehr. I just found out about your article on Facebook because I was mentioned in an inquiry about my quilt by Nancy Martin (Martingale, my publisher). Susan Webster, former owner of Gathering Fabric was the one who curated the display.

    • Thank you for your reply. Nancy thought it might be you, so it is good to hear from you. I loved your quilt and the garden. I will change my inquiry about who did this and put your names on it.

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