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the joe retreat: two colors

the joe retreat: two colors

By Patricia Belyea UNION WA Just because Joe Cunningham says that projects require just two colors doesn’t mean that’s what’s going to happen. Take at look at the quilters and their works-in-progress as they piece daily assignments at a recent session of The Joe Retreat. Sometimes, when everyone was getting into the flow of their […] +more


four giveaways for veterans day!

four giveaways for veterans day!

By Patricia Belyea For Veterans Day, Okan Arts is giving away a copy of Quilts of Valor: A 50 State Salute published  by Schiffer. There are four giveaways, each valued at $25. I can’t say it any better than Marianne Fons in the foreword: A Quilt of Valor says unequivocally, “Thank you for your service, your sacrifice, […] +more


four november giveaways!

four november giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea This month Okan Arts is giving away a copy of maido: A gaijin’s guide to Japanese gestures and culture and two yards of bright yukata cotton. There are four giveaways, each valued at $45. maido, written by Christy Colón Hasegawa and published by Schiffer, describes the most common Japanese gestures and defines […] +more


indigo, inside and out, with bryan whitehead

indigo, inside and out, with bryan whitehead

By David Owen Hastings, guest blogger SEATTLE WA  I’ve just returned from nearly a month in Japan… a dream trip come true! The main impetus for my trip was a 10-day Japanese Textile Workshop led by Bryan Whitehead in the mountain town of Fujino. For 30 years, Bryan has been living and working in Japan, […] +more


more on inserted curves!

more on inserted curves!

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  Late last summer, I made three samples for my Inserted Curves Workshop. The technique involves inserting curved design elements into a quilt top. The workshop samples are three variations of an idea for students to consider when designing their first Inserted Curves projects.  All the curved elements are pieced and […] +more


four october giveaways!

four october giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea This month Okan Arts is giving away an issue of UPPERCASE and the inaugural issue of Little U, periodicals published by UPPERCASE. There are four giveaways, each valued at $41. If you are not familiar with UPPERCASE, meet an independent publisher that produces ad-free magazines and books for the creative and curious. […] +more


caryn friedlander: the unexpected stitcher

caryn friedlander: the unexpected stitcher

By Patricia Belyea EDISON WA  There’s a word in Japanese— ikagai—that roughly translates to “the thing you live for” or “why you get up in the morning.” Finding one’s own ikagai can become confusing for many once they retire from a rich and meaningful career. Not so for Caryn Friedlander, once an art professor at […] +more

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