Archive for 2014


it’s not big, it’s huge

it’s not big, it’s huge

By Patricia Belyea   TOKYO JP   When I walked down through the Tokyo Dome bleachers into the International Great Quilt Festival, the first booth I saw belonged to Yoko Saito of The Quilt Party. Yoko’s famous around the globe for her subdued taupe fabrics and wonderful quilt designs. She was there, mobbed by her adoring […] read more +


a blue & white day

a blue & white day

By Patricia Belyea   TOKYO JP  Today Amy Katoh of Blue & White added me to her busy schedule with a 12:30 lunch near her shop in Azabu-Juban. Along the way, I had time to stop by Shibuya Hikarie. On the eighth floor of this new Tokyo skyscraper, I visited d47 Museum to see “47 Textiles Today.” […] read more +


tokyo: day 1—terrifying, day 2—terrific

tokyo: day 1—terrifying, day 2—terrific

By Patricia Belyea   TOKYO JP  When I awoke on my first day in Tokyo, I was stricken with vertigo. The world was spinning around me and I could not walk and sometimes not talk. Seven hours and a few tilting exercises later, Michael and I were able to leave our Shinjuku apartment to gently […] read more +


gail harker: a creative powerhouse

gail harker: a creative powerhouse

By Patricia Belyea   LA CONNER WA  Gail Harker is a petite gal with a very large mission. For a woman who could be sitting on her laurels, Gail leads a nationally recognized educational center that celebrates art and stitch. Knowing Gail is a graduate of London CIty & Guilds Institute, I assumed she’s British. When […] read more +


the saga of two stains

the saga of two stains

By Patricia Belyea   SEATTLE WA  I’m embarrassed to say that I recently got ballpoint ink on two important quilt projects. How? In the name of economic efficiency, I made a change to my stitch pattern transfer process. Then, with all my gear out, it was time efficient to transfer patterns to two, not one, […] read more +


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 +


binary quilts in kaffe land

binary quilts in kaffe land

By Patricia Belyea   SEATTLE / VASHON WA  Yesterday was bursting with quilting activities and enthusiasm. Three quilting newbies spent the day learning how to freemotion quilt at Okan Arts Shop. All naturals, Louise, Amy and David, proceeded from no knowledge to proficiency in seven short hours. Once the class was over, I flew to […] read more +


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