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indigo: emergency harvest

indigo: emergency harvest

By Patricia Belyea WAUCONDA WA  This story started in mid-May when I soaked packets of Japanese indigo seeds from Elizabeth Merrill and Grand Prismatic Seed in warm water. The next day I dropped 200 seeds, using tweezers, into little soil pods. Those seeds were babied with heating pads, grow lights, and moisture covers. Once they […] +more


soaring stitches: blog book

soaring stitches: blog book

By Patricia Belyea WAUCONDA WA  Over a year and a half ago, I started writing a book about creativity for quilters. Many early mornings, with a coffee in hand, I scratched out my thoughts about how to make a quilt. Once the manuscript coalesced, I hired one of the top book designers in the country […] +more


colorful philippa naylor

colorful philippa naylor

By Patricia Belyea WAUCONDA WA  I was completely taken by Bird By Bird at the 2014 Festival of Quilts in Birmingham UK. Winning first-place in the traditional category, the 74″ x 74″ quilt was like something out of a candy shop—sweet as could be with delectable colors, rickrack trim around delightful details, and a scalloped edge. […] +more


summer fun: koinobori

summer fun: koinobori

By Patricia Belyea WAUCONDA WA  Koinobori decorate the landscape of Japan from April to early May, culminating in the celebration of Children’s Day on May 5. Typically hung off a pole, a set of carp streamers represents a whole family. On top is a big black fish for the father; then a rmedium-sized red or pink […] +more


my one-yard challenge

my one-yard challenge

By Patricia Belyea WAUCONDA WA  I challenged myself to make a baby quilt using just one yard of yukata cotton and stitched with the Aurifil Como Blue Color Builder thread set. Yukata cotton measures 14″ to 16″ wide. That means that one yard of this special Japanese textile is less than one third of a […] +more


four garden quilts

four garden quilts

By Patricia Belyea WAUCONDA WA  On April 13, Jane Sassaman wrote this Instagram post: I have put together a few textile treasure boxes. These are 7 pound layer cakes representing 20 years of my fabric designs for FreeSpirit. Each box is unique and has the equivalent of 20 yards of fabric in fat quarter to half […] +more


joe cunningham: quiltmaking as a way to be free

joe cunningham: quiltmaking as a way to be free

Editor’s Note: During our time of confinement, Joe designed an online workshop where you can join him from your home sewing studio! Workshop info is at the bottom. PB. By Joe Cunningham SAN FRANCISCO When I started making quilts 40 years ago I learned that there were certain techniques, certain color combinations and certain ways of […] +more

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