Archive for 2020


yukata cotton devotees

yukata cotton devotees

By Patricia Belyea WAUCONDA WA  At Okan Arts, our big thing is vintage Japanese yukata cottons. We’re crazy about them! The luscious hand-dyed cottons inspire us to make out-of-the-ordinary quilts. And we’re thrilled to share our finds with other adventuresome quilters. Okan Arts sources the cottons from over 30 vendors in Japan—antique shops, vintage warehouses, […] read more +


stop novel coronavirus

stop novel coronavirus

By Patricia Belyea Novel Coronavirus is our new world enemy. As a virus, it thrives only in host bodies. COVID-19 reproduces itself inside the cells of its living hosts. Each infected cell produces thousands of identical copies of the original virus at an exponential rate—keeping COVID-19 alive and spreading.  No enemy we have faced before […] read more +


sashiko 2: a hand-stitched look by machine

sashiko 2: a hand-stitched look by machine

By Patricia Belyea PRICE ALERT: The Incredible Sale of the Sashiko 2 machine has just been extended to the end of April 2020. Just contact patricia@okanarts.com to learn more. SEATTLE WA  Many of you know that Victoria and I currently use Baby Lock’s Sashiko 2 to finish our quilts. This one-of-a-kind sewing machine lets us quilt […] read more +


daruma experiences a japanese textile tour

daruma experiences a japanese textile tour

By Paricia Belyea JAPAN  Daruma just got back from a whirlwind trip with Okan Arts 2020 Tokyo Quilt Festival & Japanese Textile Tour. The tour started with two days at the Great International Quilt Festival. As much as he appreciated the quilt exhibits, Daruma had lots of fun getting lost in the special exhibits and […] read more +


sachiko yoshida :: silk sensei

sachiko yoshida :: silk sensei

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  When I first met Sachiko Yoshida, she was in America. Both Sachiko and Miwako Kimura had brought their students to exhibit their quilts at La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum. The biennial show, in 2012, was organized by Ako Shimozato. I met the whole crew at a Welcome Dinner full […] read more +


tokyo quilt festival 2020: details of quilts

tokyo quilt festival 2020: details of quilts

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP Allow me to share detail photos of some of the quilts at this year’s Tokyo Quilt Festival. It’s a delight to be able to get up close to these masterpieces. To see a post with lots of photos of the quilts and special exhibits +click here read more +


tokyo quilt festival 2020

tokyo quilt festival 2020

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  The International Great Quilt Festival is immense in so many ways—inspiration, excellence, and delight. What I’m sharing with you here is the tip of the needle of what’s displayed in the vast Tokyo Dome. I do not include the makers of the quilts if their names are only available in […] read more +


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