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Quilt collector covers family history

Jim Tharpe returned to La Conner March 6 to share more of the story of his remarkable collection of family quilts, “The Hartsfield Family Quilt Collection.” The 12 quilts are being exhibited as a set for the first time at the Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum. Tharpe, who has stayed often in La Conner, chose its museum for the first complete exhibit of the family collection.

Tharpe praised the Museum, saying it “was the only museum that really understood what I have.” He decided last summer that the first exhibit of his collection would be in La Conner.

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