Archive for 2014


jason yenter: like mother, like son

jason yenter: like mother, like son

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  In 1977, when Jason Yenter was in Grade 1, his mother Sharon opened In The Beginning—a fabric store on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. Located in a 400 square-foot loft space above his grandmother and aunt’s dollhouse shop, the business started small. Over time the store moved twice, with its final 6000 square-foot […] read more +


december giveaway

december giveaway

by Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  You’re going to love this month’s giveaway—a copy of Robert Shaw’s newly updated book, American Quilts—The Democratic Art. Robert is The Man when it comes to American arts and crafts, with quilts being one of his specialties. There’s lots to see—over 350 quilts—and lots to read—Robert is a gifted writer. […] read more +


robert shaw: the democratic art

robert shaw: the democratic art

by guest blogger Robert Shaw, an American quilt expert, author and dealer. SHELBURNE VT  The subtitle of my recently updated book on American quilts is The Democratic Art. I am not talking about politics here, but “small d” democracy. To my mind, quiltmaking is a quintessentially democratic art, available to almost everyone. Anyone with basic sewing […] read more +


a peek at the retreat

a peek at the retreat

By Patricia Belyea UNION WA  Last week, the 2014 Okan Arts Quilt Retreat took over Saint Andrew’s Retreat House on the Hood Canal for the second year in a row. Participants, half alumni, eagerly basked in the magical world of quiltmaker Joe Cunningham. Joe took everyone on a journey back in time to examine traditional […] read more +


november giveaway

november giveaway

by Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  This month’s two-part giveaway is a throw-sized package of Silk Batting from Hobbs Tuscany Collection and one yard of vintage Japanese yukata cotton with a bird of paradise flower pattern. I love silk batting for three reasons: 1/ It’s light as angel wings—perfect for someone who says that quilts are too […] read more +


creativity: it grows on trees

creativity: it grows on trees

by guest blogger Joe Cunningham (aka Joe The Quilter) SAN FRANCISCO CA  If you make things, people will often say to you: “Oh, you are so creative. I could never do that.” I understand. Sometimes I feel like saying to my wife, the dancer turned Pilates trainer: “Oh, you are so physical. I could never do that.” Well, […] read more +


grace hawley: born to hawaiian quilt

grace hawley: born to hawaiian quilt

by Patricia Belyea LA CONNER WA  Living on a 3.5 mile-long island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean for over a dozen years sounds a little confining. Or, if you’re Grace Hawley, it’s a perfect place to learn a new skill. Grace took a Hawaiian Quilting adult education class in 1985 and, since then, hasn’t stopped […] read more +


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