Archive for 2015


the quilts at baldwin home museum

the quilts at baldwin home museum

By Patricia Belyea LAHAINA HI  I’m a sucker for local museums that give me a sense of history for a place I’m visiting. On Front Street in the heart of Lahaina, across from the old site of the royal palace, sits the home of missionary Dwight Baldwin—now a small museum. A highly educated young man, Baldwin decided […] read more +


johnny’s quilt: XXL Heart

johnny’s quilt: XXL Heart

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  Seven years ago today, university senior John Curry III (Johnny) was shot to death in his apartment, He was packing to go home for Christmas. As each holiday season arrives, the pain of losing Johnny to a violent crime has not lessened for his family. Last May I was at […] read more +


four december giveaways!

four december giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea This month’s giveaway features four vintage Japanese yukatas (casual cotton kimonos). Each is tailored using traditionally hand-dyed yukata cotton—three for women, one for a man. Big questions to be determined if you win one of these fabulous finds: Do you wear it? Do you hang it above your bed? Or, do you cut […] read more +


yoshiko jinzenji : master of minimalism

yoshiko jinzenji : master of minimalism

By guest blogger Teresa Duryea Wong, quilter, speaker and author  KYOTO, JP  In September, I had a special visit with Yoshiko Jinzenji in her home up in the mountains outside Kyoto. We toured her gorgeous custom-built house and of course, went through dozens of her stunning quilts. Needless to say, an afternoon spent digging through these treasures—touching them, […] read more +


the joe retreat: session two

the joe retreat: session two

By Patricia Belyea HOOD CANAL WA  Session Two of The Joe Retreat, with Joe Cunningham and Patricia Belyea, was the same and different as Session One. Six participants stayed on and new ones joined them. The theme, Folk Ways, focused on making quilt tops with personally inspired ideas. Scissors snapped, cutters rolled, sewing machines buzzed as Joe wanted “more […] read more +


the joe retreat: session one

the joe retreat: session one

By Patricia Belyea I am reporting on much happiness on one of the saddest days of all time. Two truths—one good and one horrendous happening in two special places. It is all hard to comprehend. HOOD CANAL, WA  Seventeen quilters (plus two amazing husbands) gathered at Saint Andrew’s for a five-day retreat with Joe Cunningham and me. […] read more +


sue spargo : global folk artist

sue spargo : global folk artist

By guest blogger Sue Spargo—folk artist, author, quilter, author, speaker and teacher. UNIONTOWN OH I feel fortunate to have experienced many different cultures in my life. My parents gave me traveling shoes—in their early twenties they packed up their home in England and ventured to the bush in Zambia, Africa, where I was born. From there […] read more +


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