Archive for 2012


hitting the restart button

hitting the restart button

By Patricia Belyea  On Christmas Eve I worked my last day at Hansen Belyea, a branding and marketing firm I founded twenty-five years ago. The transition to new ownership takes effect on January 2, the first business day of the new year. What’s next? Designing fabric. Importing yukata cottons. Making artisan quilts. Wait! That’s what I […] 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 +


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