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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


allie aller: the happy quilter

allie aller: the happy quilter

Editor Note: I asked Allison Aller what makes her happy. Allie had lots to say about this topic! PB By Allison Aller, guest blogger WASHOUGAL WA  What makes me happy has always been right here at home: I’m a quilter, writer, and gardener—all home-based pursuits. I began quilting in 1972, studied design in college, and […] +more


iron talk

iron talk

By Patricia Belyea WAUCONDA WA  Last week my iron gushed all over a quilt project. The good news—it wasn’t rusty water. The water dried and didn’t leave a stain. For my workshops and both studios, I’ve bought a bevy of Rowentas—the ones with 400 steam holes and lots of power! I contacted Rowenta Customer Service and asked […] +more


yukata cotton devotees

yukata cotton devotees

By Patricia Belyea WAUCONDA WA  At Okan Arts, our big thing is vintage Japanese yukata cottons. We’re crazy about them! The luscious hand-dyed cottons inspire us to make out-of-the-ordinary quilts. And we’re thrilled to share our finds with other adventuresome quilters. Okan Arts sources the cottons from over 30 vendors in Japan—antique shops, vintage warehouses, […] +more

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