A new mural on the east side of A Stitch in Time Quilt Shoppe depicts some of the dairy farm history of Sequim/Dungeness. It took about 12 days to complete by muralist Andy Eccleshall. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group)

A new mural on the east side of A Stitch in Time Quilt Shoppe depicts some of the dairy farm history of Sequim/Dungeness. It took about 12 days to complete by muralist Andy Eccleshall. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group)

Quilt shop commissions mural of Sequim’s dairy history

Town’s landmarks depicted in eye-catching work

SEQUIM — Since she opened A Stitch in Time Quilt Shoppe earlier this year, Nicole Driggs knew what she wanted on its outside wall.

“Because it’s a quilt shop, I wanted a grandma sitting on a porch, showing her granddaughter how to quilt, and I wanted to reflect the history of Sequim being a dairy town,” she said.

Since its completion recently at 225 E. Washington St., the shop’s artwork has become a popular attraction in-person and online for countless posts and selfies.

“I was getting constant thumbs up and thanks,” Edmonds muralist Andy Eccleshall said.

“I never get tired of people saying it. It’s the owners who own it, but it’s always good when the public is happy. It’s everyone’s backyard.”

Eccleshall said he’s been in discussion with Driggs for months about her ideas, and that led him to connect with Judy Stipe, executive director of the Sequim Museum & Arts, and to schedule a tour of the area.

From that connection, Eccleshall said he was able to make a living history of Sequim’s dairy-farming days, showing some buildings that are still standing and some of the newer additions, such as a hot air balloon, along with the prehistoric, such as the mastodon.

“People were confused by the mastodon,” Eccleshall said. “If you’re from Sequim, you’ll understand it, but if not, then it’ll raise a few questions.”

Stipe said the mural features a number of local historical landmarks and figures: the Clark Family Farm; Kristofferson Creamery, which became Sequim Creamery; Cline Barn and Farmhouse, McAlmond Historic Home; 1892 Dungeness Schoolhouse; the Steamship Rosalie for passengers and freight; numerous local breeds of cows; grazing mastodon; quilter Shirley Govan Lehman sharing her quilting skills with Tali Stipe Brocato; John Dickenson’s 1937 AUTOCAR, and more livestock.

Stipe said this mural has helped rekindle interest in the Lehman Court murals with many still seen in and around downtown Sequim.

Port Townsend’s Kim Kopp was commissioned in 1995 to make murals of Sequim’s history and heritage. They were taken down in the early 2000s because of a construction project.

The remaining murals were stored in barns by the Olympic View Community Foundation, formerly known as Sequim 2000, for years until volunteers with the Sequim Museum & Arts led efforts to put up many of the murals.

Stipe said the remainder of the project is on hold for funding, but she sees this new mural as a continuation of that vision.

“We needed this right now, and its joy and blessings,” she said. “I can’t tell you how many calls we’ve gotten at the museum. What this does is it explodes and grows in 100 directions.”

Painting started on June 9 and wrapped up on June 25 with Eccleshall working early in the morning the last few days to avoid the heat.

As he worked, Driggs jokingly said she wanted to put out lawn chairs to watch him work because it was so fascinating.

“He’s done an amazing job,” she said. “I love that people love it and appreciate it.”

Eccleshall said he’s done murals for 27 years, but this was his first in Sequim.

The paint (Nova Color) is an acrylic made for murals, he said, and he added fading has never been an issue.

He said a mural he painted in Tonasket still looks good 10 years later.

Stipe said Eccleshall is a “renaissance man and such a delight to work with.”

“(The mural) is a beautiful thing for all of us who have seen this place grow,” she said.

For more about Eccleshall and his business The Mural Works, Inc., visit Muralworks.com and andyeccleshall.com.

For more about A Stitch in Time, visit astitchintimequiltshoppe.com, and for more on the Sequim Museum & Arts, visit sequimmuseum.com.


Matthew Nash is a reporter with the Olympic Peninsula News Group, which is composed of Sound Publishing newspapers Peninsula Daily News, Sequim Gazette and Forks Forum. Reach him at [email protected].

More in Life

Cyclists with Bike and Build to join community dessert

Cyclists with Bike and Build will join a community… Continue reading

Walk and talk about seals on the beach set

Deisy Bach will lead a beach walk and discuss… Continue reading

Pictured, from left to right in the front row are John Yano, Darlene Gahring, Pat Gilbert, Kathy McCormick and Beverly Dawson. 

In the middle row, from left to right are Janet Russell, Wendy Blondin, Mary Kelsoe, Pam Ehtee, Jane Marks, Marcia Kellerand Melissa Hsu 

In the back row, from left to right, Leiann Niccoli, Mary Jacoby and Emily Murphy
Summer Green Thumb award winner named

The Port Angeles Garden Club has awarded its summer Green Thumb award… Continue reading

Karen Griffiths/For Peninsula Daily News
A fine mesh fly sheet from OPEN’S used tack shop that covers the body, belly and neck, plus a fly mask, has proved the best combatant for my horse Lacey’s allergic reaction to the saliva from flying insect bites. The sheet and mask are sprayed with horse insect repellent before putting them on her. Her companion Sunny has no allergic reaction, so she just wears a fly mask to keep the flies out of her eyes.
HORSEPLAY: Horses can be allergic to bug bites, too

DON’T YOU JUST hate to go outside at dusk and get attacked… Continue reading

A GROWING CONCERN: 8 ways to make your yard a midsummer dream

AS WE ARE now just entering the mid-season of summer, many things… Continue reading

Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula Daily News

The Sturgeon Moon, the last full supermoon of the year, emerges behind Port Townsend's Marrowstone Island and the distant Cascades, on Thursday night. The reddish color is due to the smoke from the fires in eastern Washington.
Sturgeon Moon over Marrowstone Island

The Sturgeon Moon, the last full supermoon of the year, emerges behind… Continue reading

Forest management topic of Green Thumbs presentation

Are you a landowner with a forested property? Check… Continue reading

Sequim band to celebrate ‘Movies, Musicals and Marches’

The Sequim City Band’s “Movies, Musicals, and Marches” concert is… Continue reading

OTA’s annual Renaissance Faire this weekend

Back and bigger than ever, Olympic Theatre Arts is gearing… Continue reading

Most Read