Complex Curves Workshop with Patricia Belyea of Okan Arts

complex curves, bears, and coffee

By Patricia Belyea

LOS OSOS CA. Fifteen eager quilters joined me at Sea Pines Resort for a Creativity & Complex Curves Workshop last week.

The first project, the Quadrant Quilt, taught everyone how to make their own patterns and how to sew curves that were robust and flat. 

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The second project of the Retreat involved making a full composition with Straights & Curves. The participants, now Curve Masters, proceeded with aplomb.

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One Curves Master made both projects coordinate for a super-quilt composition.

Creativity & Complex Curves with Patricia Belyea of Okan Arts

Not everyone worked on Complex Curves. Here’s a Curves Master who created an Inserted Curves project! 

Creativity & Complex Curves with Patricia Belyea of Okan Arts

Los Osos means The Bears in Spanish. Bear sculptures abound in this charming coastal town in central California. Plus there’s a community mural about the first European expedition that encountered ferocious bears.

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Although I didn’t see a real bear, I did find a real coffee shop in Los Osos — Ascendo Coffee.

One day, the caffeine demon goaded me into visiting Ascendo during class time! I was enjoying my latte in a new-leaf-green ceramic cup when I got an SOS text from a student. I hurried back knowing I was a very naughty teacher!

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Los Osos provided a wonderful backdrop for our quilt retreat. And the folks who came made the experience fabulous!

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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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