august 2014 giveaway :: Okan Arts
august 2014 giveaway

august 2014 giveaway

by Patricia Belyea

SEATTLE WA  This month’s giveaway is five yards of vintage Japanese yukata cotton. These fabrics were hand-dyed about forty years ago and are still in excellent shape.

The theme of these five fabrics is indigo and white with a splash of color. The three geometrics would have been made into men’s yukatas. The other two are for women: a floral indigo and white, and an abstract with color swirls. I’d add a little turquoise, tangerine and buttercup to this collection for a unique quilt top.

You can win this set of yukata cottons by adding a comment to this blog. The drawing will take place at midnight PST on August 31, 2014. The yukata cottons will then be mailed anywhere in the world.

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105 comments to “august 2014 giveaway”

  1. MariaPaz Avalos says:

    All these Japanese fabrics are wonderful. Love them all!!!

    • Patricia Belyea says:

      If you’re in the Seattle area, hurry over to The Quilting Loft in Ballard. My whole collection of yukata cottons is there as a pop-up shop until right after Labor Day weekend!

  2. christine brooks says:

    outstanding collection of very unique fabric. my mind is racing with ideas

  3. Val Gleeson says:

    Exciting fabrics with so many possibilities!

  4. lisa sutton says:

    I found this while researching info for my students. Relevant and beautiful.

  5. Anandie says:

    Printed fabrics are so special and unique. These Japanese designs are simply exquisite!

  6. Martina says:

    Wonderful fabrics! Thanks for the chance!

  7. Linda Hall says:

    The colors and shapes are so eye-catching. Lovely, luscious fabrics

  8. Alice Ronne says:

    Gorgeous collection of yukata fabrics! Thanks for the giveaway chance!

  9. Anchen Ludick says:

    Wow wonderfull just shows you what great quality fabrics have been made without the wonderworld of technology. Handcrafted still the best!

  10. Jo Allbutt says:

    Would LOVE to make a wall art piece out of them!!! There is nothing like yucutta cottons. One of a kind!

    Thanks for sharing

  11. Sharon says:

    Beautiful blues – nice collection. I’m looking forward to seeing you in Birmingham later this week!

  12. Teresa Ranson says:

    I love the splash of color with the black and white

  13. Jackie says:

    Saw your fabrics at the Quilting Loft, and would love a chance to win! Thanks

  14. Bev Mabry says:

    So stunning!!

  15. Your fabrics are always lovely and the suggested complimentary colors appreciated. Peg

  16. Dot says:

    I would love to win! I’m making a quilt out of thrifted yukata bought years ago in a town with a Marine base. I need a few more pieces!

  17. This would look great with my Sashiko blocks.

  18. Donna DeShazo says:

    A stellar collection…would look very good on my design wall! Thanks for the opportunity…

  19. Flora Dalglish says:

    I would LOVE to make a yukata cotton quilt. Every time I see the fabrics I get so many ideas I get overwhelmed. Thanks for the opportunity Patricia…you are a giver! Love ya! Flora

  20. Lin says:

    I LOVE Japanese fabrics. I have a modest stash of them, but typically just hoard them instead of use them in quilts. I should change that behavior, I know!

  21. Lucy lowry says:

    So Love Birmingham….have fun PAtrica….thanks for all you do!

  22. Lucy lowry says:

    Love Birmingham …enjoy…and thanks for all you do Patricia!

  23. You know I love blue and white, and with a dash of color they really pop!

  24. Lotta Gustafsson says:

    Love the Yukata cottons. We are a group of parents who had children in the CVICU ourselves that have started making baby quilts to donate to the Children’s Hospital CVICU. These would be such a beautiful addition mixed with some color in those quilts. The quilts are much treasured gifts for the families in currently there.

  25. Janet Wright says:

    I would love to win. I enjoyed your lecture at last year’s Seams Like A Natural Fit workshop in La Conner. I have loved all things Japanese since I was a child. My stash of fabric seems to be growing.

  26. aSprinkling says:

    I really love the flower fabric!

  27. Jean says:

    I adore both the patterns and the colors of these fabrics.

  28. Patsy Carlson says:

    Love this fabric. I could give it a good home!!

  29. Beautiful assortment and good suggestions for additions. I do have some kimono fabrics from friends.

  30. Laura says:

    These are absolutely gorgeous!

  31. Pam Davis says:

    Fabulous giveaway! It would be wonderful to make a garment or quilt!

  32. Carol says:

    Love all the fabric, hard to pick just one, have my fabric/pattern from QL-event, but haven’t made it yet, and that doesn’t stop me from buying a little more.
    Happy Trails, Patricia

  33. sueo says:

    I was not familiar with this material but went to the talk on them. I fell in love with them, bought some that day, have returned to buy more, and I am sure will get more before they leave The Quilt Loft. Thanks for introducing them to me!

  34. Laura says:

    Such a generous prize. I love the yukata cottons. I also really enjoyed your talk when you spoke at Victoria Quilters Guild. Can’t wait to start a “modern” quilt project with the few I have accumulated. Lots of ideas in my head.

  35. Gail says:

    Every time I get your emails I wish I lived on the west coast so I could visit your fabrics or take a class with you.

  36. Amy says:

    My plan would be to make a quilt with these gorgeous pieces to replace the Sounders paraphernalia draped on the back of the couch. No contest there!
    Thanks, Patricia.

  37. Sue O'Donnell says:

    Your fabrics and enthusiasm are so inspiring!

  38. Diana C. says:

    Hi! What awesome fabrics! I have a few itty-bitty pieces. And! I’m actually planning on making a yukata – do you have a pattern? Mine is a sketch I got once upon a time. I plan to use up all those satin finished cotton oriental fabrics I couldn’t resist buying years ago. Good luck to all of us!

    • Patricia Belyea says:


      You can find a pattern for making a yukata on the internet. I know I googled and discovered a pattern a few years ago. Best. P.

  39. I would love to play with the indigo and white fabric! Thanks for the chance!

  40. Margot says:

    I visited the Quilt Loft for the first time in July and was so delighted to see (and buy from) your pop-up store! Thanks for putting me on your mailing list, and I hope you come to Bainbridge Island with a pop-up shop.

  41. Joy Neal says:

    Love the fabrics. Still haven’t cut into the pieces I bought at NQC.

  42. Kat says:

    These look very inspiring, thanks for the chance to win them!

  43. Liz says:

    I’m always astounded by the vibrancy of the designs, even with just indigo and white. =)

  44. vera says:

    Love all the fabric. My head is racing with ideas as to how to use the fabric. Whenever I get to Seattle I will definitely visit you and am sure will have fun shopping

  45. Janet says:

    This is amazing fabric. I would love to visit the shop and will be in Seattle some day so will see you then!

  46. Nancy Clock says:

    Loved hearing you speak at the San Francisco Quilt Guild in June, and purchasing some of your vintage Yukata fabrics at our meeting. The way you combine the Yukata designs is inspirational and hleps all of us think “outside the box” for design ideas and inspiration. Thank you!

  47. Barbara Dolan says:

    I love the detail on this fabric and the intense colors. Every piece is unique and calls to me to be creative.

  48. Lee says:

    What amazing fabric! I love the indigo color!

  49. Gladys Schulz says:

    Patricia, your fabrics are awesome and inspiring to work with. Love all of them. Gladys

  50. Cher Merriman says:

    I LOVE yukata fabrics and these five are fabulous!

  51. Myra Ramos says:

    I’ve already made several very satisfying wall hangings building on your yukatas, and would love the opportunity to go for a new one!

    Myra Ramos

  52. MoeWest says:

    These would make a fabulous quilt! Thanks for the giveaway.

  53. NancyB from Many LA says:

    I love Japanese fabrics – thanks for the chance to win!

  54. Sharon says:

    I make men’s shirts out of fabrics that have something unique about them, whether it be the print, texture, material or any combination. I get more requests to make these for others just by people stopping my husband when he is out shopping or at work. I even had an upscale men’s store ask me about them, but of course they didn’t want to pay a living wage! These fabrics would be wonderful for some new shirts for him.

  55. Jofrid S S says:

    Lovely fabrics. 🙂

  56. Karen says:

    So thrilled to have discovered your site. Will be in Seattle early in September and am hoping to visit the shop. I make a quilt every year for the fundraiser auction at my 2 grandsons’ school, which is the Japanese language immersion here in Portland. Looking forward to using some of your beautiful fabric.

  57. These are absolutely fantastic!

  58. Natalie says:

    Hi…I think it is soo cool that the fabric was hand dyed over 40 years ago! It would be cool to use those fabrics when I come down to learn from you and Joe Cunningham in November! so excited! Take care and thanks for the unique opportunity to win this fabric!

  59. Melissa says:

    Thanks for the chance to win! Love all that you do! Thanks Patricia

  60. Anne McMillan says:

    Love these fabric’s, would love to work with them!

  61. Jane says:

    What beautiful patterns!

  62. Cheri Searles says:

    I love the yukata cottons! Thank you for the giveaway!

  63. Stasi says:

    These are so beautiful! unspeakable options…..I could just sit and dream. 🙂

  64. Sheryl Ramstad says:

    I dropped off my granddaughter for her summer sewing class at the Quilting Loft and got to see the lovely yukata once again. I was at the opening night of the pop-up and luckily won the sewing kit made of yukata and let her borrow it for her use in class! but not to keep!

  65. MARY says:

    I will come see your fabrics at the Quilting Loft in Ballard. That is a great shop. I have taken several quilting classes there and bought lots of great fabric. This will be a convenient way to see your fabric and buy some.

  66. Jan says:

    These fabrics are beautiful! Thank you for offering a giveaway.

  67. Carol says:

    What a feast for the eyes and soul… my imagination has been stirred by these wonderful fabrics. Thanks for the chance to receive them.

  68. Gill says:

    Stunning fabrics – count me in please!

  69. CINDY SHARP says:


  70. OOHHH indigo prints Love them! Thanks for the chance to create something with the prize.

  71. James says:

    Hi Patricia – pick me, pick me! Thanks for the chance!

  72. Karen Smith says:

    After taking your doodle piecing class in May with my sister, I am hooked on the Yukata cottons. Thanks for the chance to win and continue creating with this beautiful vintage fabric!

  73. Melissa says:

    I’ve made a few quilts from recycled kimonos. These are gorgeous and I would love to play with them!

  74. Marie Tate says:

    I have never seen such lovely fabrics, I would dearly be so appreciative if I was chosen to win some of them.

  75. Kathy Davis says:

    Gorgeous fabric, and so unique!

  76. Beautiful fabric. I hope you’re having an awesome day!!

  77. Kat says:

    Soo pretty, hope to get lucky with this one xx

  78. JillyL says:

    They are so beautiful!

  79. JillyL says:

    eeps. wrong email address.

    Love the fabric!

  80. Tobie says:

    Beautiful gorgeous fabric!
    Hope to be lucky!

  81. Amanda says:

    Wow, these fabrics are beautiful. My dad visited Japan with work when I was younger and brought my mum back a beautiful floral print yukata – so lovely to have such an unusual garment! Must see if my mum still has it in the attic!

    • Patricia Belyea says:

      Amanda— Best wishes. I hope you’ll be brave enough to cut up a garment that’s been put away and make it into a quilt that can be used and cherished.

  82. Arleen Kukua says:

    The yu kata fabrics are so beautiful.

  83. Barbara says:

    These yukata cottons would provide great inspiration for my sewing and quilting.

  84. Lin says:

    I love Japanese fabrics, and would love to win a selection of your yukata cottons. Or, I could just buy some!

  85. Carol Holmes says:

    Wonderful fabrics, what a joy they would be to work with.

  86. Toni says:

    I am returning to sewing after almost 30 years, and am loving your blog.

  87. Jessica says:

    Gorgeous fabrics!!!

  88. Leona says:

    oh what a wonderful giveaway


  89. Tonya says:

    ooooh, pretty!

  90. I used up most of my original fabrics for a coat for a special lady. I would love to win these for my birthday Sept 1.

  91. Eileen Hallock says:

    Thank you for posting the info on the giveaway. Even if I don’t win I am happy to sign up and follow your blog. Beautiful fabric…definitely a match for me: Painted Kimono Studio!

  92. alice findlay says:

    me, me me
    let them fly across the atlantic to a good home

    • Patricia Belyea says:

      Alice, I hope you’ll fly across the Atlantic and come to a Yukata Quilting Workshop. That would be exciting too!

  93. Linda Vermette says:

    Unique and stunning

  94. Linda Hall says:

    Amazing prints. I already have ideas about using them.

  95. Pam Cope says:

    very nice fabric – I love your work and the fabrics you collect and sell. I would love this indigo/white fabric for a jacket pattern I have been wanting to make!