Archive for the ‘artisan quilts’ Category


counterintuitive fun

counterintuitive fun

By Patricia Belyea   SEATTLE WA  Today, while winds blew high and hail pelleted down, students stayed warm and cosy at Okan Arts Shop. The lesson of the day was Counterintuitive Piecing—making a quilt top in the exact opposite way as generally prescribed. We cut up fabrics with scissors and sewed them back together—creating slightly […] read more +


the magic of joe cunningham

the magic of joe cunningham

By Patricia Belyea  I’m not the only one who has experienced the profound “present” energy of Joe the Quilter. Not only does Joe Cunningham make quilts that are wonderful personal expressions of who he is and how he moves through this world, he is a quilt historian who brings the stories of early quilters to […] read more +


a little ditty

a little ditty

By Patricia Belyea  A sample pieced with yukata cottons and quilted with No. 8 perle cotton, Tangled Garden was designed to show other quilters ways to combine busy Japanese patterns. It’s made from simple doodles and freezer paper patterns. The bright squares in the border are reverse fussy-cut—utilizing the background color of Japanese floral prints. […] read more +


mini-fundraiser report

mini-fundraiser report

It was a blustery, downpour of a day for the Okan Arts Open House, a mini-fundraiser for La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum. That didn’t stop yukata cotton lovers from turning up, shopping for fabric and savoring chocolate cupcakes. The outcome: $300 for the Museum, two new members, one membership upgrade to Friend, and one […] read more +


escaping the torture chamber

escaping the torture chamber

It’s amazing that I actually have a piece in the La Conner Quilt Festival. My quilting is so slow these days. I finished “Babbling” in March and have completed only one little ditty since then. I can blame it on being busy but that’s not the whole truth. Since last October (one year ago!) I’ve […] read more +


a day with judy irish

a day with judy irish

I bought a StashFest Experience with Judy Irish last year because I heard she was wicked funny. Today Trish Vickery and I headed to her studio in Arlington for a class on free motion quilting. Judy has won umpteen ribbons for her phenomenal quilting and is often the long arm quilter for the colorful quilts […] read more +


vancouver’s asian fabric resource

vancouver’s asian fabric resource

Meet Lorna Shapiro, an accomplished quilter who has dedicated herself to the wonderful world of Asian fabrics. With in-home studio in Vancouver—Quilter’s Dream Fabrics, she sells Asian-patterned and batiked cottons, fat quarters, vintage kimono silk pieces and exquisite silk haori (jackets worn over kimonos). In the photo above, Lorna models a white-on-white woven silk haori. […] read more +


boy, were they surprised!

boy, were they surprised!

There was the oddest conversation for the first ten minutes at the church hall in Mount Vernon this morning. Due to a complete miscommunication, the gals at Northwest Quilt Connection (NQC) thought I wanted six long tables for putting my presentation props on. My contract said that I was going to be putting on a trunk […] read more +


apwq: art nonrepresentational

apwq: art nonrepresentational

Yesterday I traveled to Tacoma to check out the APWQ show at the Convention Center. Babbling hung between a ribbon winner and a Jean Wells quilt in the Art Nonrepresentational division. It made my heart soar to be part of the regional show. The winners were amazing. There was a preponderance of glitter and metallic […] read more +


in good company

in good company

Arcadia Smails of Fibercopia was kind enough to include info on my yukata cottons and artisan quilts on her in-depth textile website. The site is a thoughtfully curated resource for finding a wonderful mix of fabrics and furnishings from around the globe. read more +


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