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four march giveaways!

four march giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea This month Okan Arts is giving away Teresa Duryea Wong’s just-released book, American Cotton: Farm to Quilt. There are four giveaways, each valued at $30. Author Teresa Duryea Wong’s newest book gives American quilters background information on their quilting cottons—from farm to sewing machine—through history and today. Teresa is a great story teller […] +more


kit vincent: textile artist

kit vincent: textile artist

By Patricia Belyea OTTAWA ON  I read an article about Kit Vincent in a recent issue of SAQA Journal. Two things immediately caught my attention. The first was that Kit lives in Ottawa—my hometown. The second was her amazing and bold textile art. I vowed to meet Kit on my next trip to Canada’s capital! […] +more


a comfort quilt for mum

a comfort quilt for mum

By Patricia Belyea OTTAWA ON  For my mother’s 92nd birthday, I decided to make a really bright comfort quilt. One that would be perfect for Mum in her wheelchair. I dove into my scrap bin, where I store little bits of solids, to gather fabrics for the project. Sewing the small pieces together, I made […] +more


the first patricia retreat

the first patricia retreat

By Patricia Belyea UNION WA  Earlier this month, ten adventuresome quilters ventured to Harmony Hill Retreat Center for an immersive Inserted Curves experience. Just as everyone enjoyed the Sunday night Welcome Dinner, a magical flurry of snow covered the farm-style campus. Monday and Tuesday were spent inserting curved design elements into 21″ nine-patches. These central […] +more


five february giveaways!

five february giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea This month Okan Arts is giving away FQ bundles of Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s new RJR fabric collection, Playmaker, and sets of VFW’s new Ringleader templates. There are five giveaways, each valued at $92. Victoria Findlay Wolfe combines traditional and modern designs to create some of the boldest award-winning quilts today. A speaker, teacher, and […] +more


exploring old tokyo

exploring old tokyo

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  The Shitamachi Museum, overlooking Shinobazu Pond in Ueno Park, caught my fancy on this trip. Upon paying the ¥300 museum fee, my friend Hala and I were welcomed by an English-speaking guide. Misuki totally enriched our visit to this lively historic museum! The first floor displayed a Tokyo neighborhood from […] +more


2019 tokyo quilt festival: details

2019 tokyo quilt festival: details

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  There are two major aspects to quilt design—the overall composition and the close-up details. Here’s a post filled with only the eye-candy of quilt details for this year’s Tokyo Quilt Festival. Enjoy! [The above quilt is by Keiko Goke.] When it comes to details, this quilt takes the prize. In […] +more

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