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Friday, August 3, 2018

Last Summer for Bothell Country Village

Bothell Country Village is a unique place where character abounds. Naturally it is one of the favorite sketching locations for Seattle Urban Sketchers, who met there today for what may be the last time. The property has been sold and the village will be dismantled after April, 2019.

I wanted my composition to look like a patchwork quilt, with some old and some new "pieces of fabric." Except my quilt is made of the fabric of time.
Fading into history
Keepsake Cottage Fabrics has been at "The Barn" since 1984. The owner, Julie, told me they will have to relocate to a warehouse and try to continue their business online.
Sketching from across the street under the covered porch by the bakery.
The windmill originally came from a wheat farm in Waterville, Eastern Washington.
I was surrounded by blue lace cap hydrangeas and borders of summer flowers in full bloom as the day turned from a cool, overcast 60°F to a pleasant partly sunny 70°F towards lunchtime.
Ann was on the front porch, documenting all the beautiful bolts of fabric lined up along the wall.
Tina was across the street on the covered boardwalk, sketching the barn with graphite and kneaded eraser.

Meandering paths lead you through a whimsical world of duck ponds, home decor, restaurants, one of a kind toys, gifts, antiques and more.

It seems there is never enough time in the 2-3 hours that we spend sketching during each outing. How could you possibly document it all?

See IG and Flickr tags #uskseattle for more sketches from our outing on Friday, August 3.

A small family runs their flower stand at the Friday Farmers' Market. June 1 - Sept 28, 2018


  1. A nice tribute to Keepsake Cottage Fabrics, Michele. I'm happy/sad that we all got to sketch there together one last time.

    - Tina

    1. Thank you, Tina. Yes, bittersweet. At times like this I feel anxious to go there as much as possible before it’s all gone.