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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.

Freemotion Class at Okan Arts Shop

Once the class was over, I flew to West Seattle to catch the 6pm Fauntleroy ferry to Vashon Island with my quilting buddy Gloria. We were the second-to-last car on. Phew!

At our destination, Seattle Modern Quilt Guild’s show was winding down. The show, Binary Challenge, featured two-colored quilts made by members. I quickly rounded up the remaining artists and photographed them with their masterpieces:

Binary Quilt Show at Island QuilterCarrie Franklin, Pendleton Love
Sue Mariotti, My Sister’s Quilt
Allison Dutton, Pink Paper

Binary Quilt Show at Island QuilterMartha Peterson, Albers’ Orange Chair
Amber Arnold, 1 + 1 =10
Me, IN-DYE-GO: Hope

The backdrop to the gallery show, Island Quilter, boasts the largest selection of Kaffe Fassett fabrics in the world. Or, that’s what Kaffe says when he regularly visits this quilting outpost.

The store celebrates its quilting superstar connection with a Kaffe Club. Monthly, members receive five half-yards of coordinated fabric from the Kaffe Fassett Collective. Now that would be a colorful thrill in the mailbox, especially on dreary Northwest days.

Island Quilter, VashonGloria and I finished our Vashon adventure with dinner at The Hardware Store. What a treat—a restaurant specializing in gluten-free options for people like me.

The whole day was a great start to the new year!


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