Circle of Life Retreat with Patricia Belyea, December 2023

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By Patricia Belyea

UNION WA  Jumping into concept-driven design for a quilter can seem daunting. All the same, 11 fearless quilters joined me at Saint Andrew’s Retreat House for a workshop that took them into the unknown.

Circle of Life Retreat with Patricia Belyea, December 2023

Participants filled out worksheets that mined their personal histories, sketched their stories as simple motifs in circles, and made background grids for their projects.

A big stretch came when they explored making their motifs using a Naive Improv technique and inserting their circles into their background grids.

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All of the projects became captivating reflections of their makers—their lives, their loves and losses, and their personalities.

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When the retreat came to a close, everyone headed off with happy hearts for the holidays! 

Circle of Life Retreat with Patricia Belyea of Okan Arts, December 2023

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ABOUT US: Okan Arts, a petite family business, is co-owned by mother-daughter duo Patricia Belyea and Victoria Stone. Patricia and Victoria sell Japanese textiles online, host creative quilting experiences, and lead quilting & textile tours to Japan.

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