Archive for 2015


thoroughly modern laura piggott

thoroughly modern laura piggott

By Patricia Belyea OTTAWA, CANADA  In 2009 Laura Piggott created a quilt for her first baby soon after he was born. Made with modern fabrics and a traditional pattern, Laura followed Elizabeth Hartman tutorials online to learn some patchwork basics. Now interested in quilting, Laura found that none of her friends got excited about quilt designs, fabric patterns […] read more +


four september giveaways!

four september giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  What happens when a PhD scholar in classical archaeology changes direction and takes up quilting? Meet Amanda Leins (Mandy to you) whose love of aqueducts, ancient mosaics and temple steps inspires ten quilt projects in her new book, Wanderlust Quilts. Mandy, a world traveller, starts every project with stories and photos. […] read more +


amy katoh: boro collector

amy katoh: boro collector

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  Back in January 2010, I travelled to Tokyo to experience the International Great Quilt Festival. My list of “must-sees” included Blue & White, the beloved shop of Amy Katoh. Amy’s petite emporium, in the Azabu Juban district, offers a curated collection of Japanese arts and crafts. Good fortune shone on me as […] read more +


joe cunningham: the story of “missed”

joe cunningham: the story of “missed”

By guest blogger Joe Cunningham—quilt maker, author, speaker and teacher. SAN FRANCISCO CA  A few months ago I saw footage of some ISIS soldiers attacking the art in the palace of Nimrud, the Assyrian capital from 3,000 years ago. I found it so sad and upsetting that some people think that destroying our world cultural heritage […] read more +


four august giveaways!

four august giveaways!

SEATTLE WA  This month, Okan Arts’ giveaway features coordinated sets of vintage yukata cotton! Each set includes three one-yard pieces of indigo hand-dyed cotton. Four giveaways, valued at $48 each, will be given away. Yukata cottons, typically 14″ wide, are used for making summer kimonos—casual, unlined kimonos worn at Bon Odori festivals throughout the hot month of […] read more +


kathy hattori: natural dye guru

kathy hattori: natural dye guru

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  I visited Kathy Hattori of Botanical Colors at her company “headquarters” in Ballard—a work loft that functions as warehouse / dyeing lab / online shop / office. Equipment, dye materials, books and more filled every space, from floor to ceiling. Kathy helps hobbyists, professionals and industrial clients embrace the art and science of […] read more +


ayako miyawaki: inventive stitcher

ayako miyawaki: inventive stitcher

By Patricia Belyea I learned about Ayako Miyawaki (1905-1995) from an exhibition catalog of her textile art printed in 1988. The catalog introduction states: In 1945, at the age of 40, she began in an outburst of spontaneity and vitality to produce applique works out of rags, a material which she found in her everyday […] read more +


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