Centrum Quilt made with yukata cotton (vintage Japanese textile) and curved line insertions. This is student work from a workshop taught by Patricia Belyea of Okan Arts.

speaking insert-ease

By Patricia Belyea

OKANOGAN HIGHLANDS WA  I just finished teaching my Creativity & Inserted Curves workshop to a cadre of enthusiastic students online. By the end of the fifth session, they were speaking Insert-ease!

Their projects were filled with curved design elements inserted into backgrounds of patterned fabrics and square blocks.

Let me share some of the amazing homework projects my students completed during the two weeks between each 3-hour teaching session.

X EXERCISE BLOCK

To get started, students inserted two curved lines into a patterned fabric. The X Exercise Block got everyone started with the basic technique. And some students didn’t stop with just one block!

X Exercise block made with a square of yukata cotton (vintage Japanese textile) and two curved line insertionsE Exercise Block, a homework project from the Creativity & Inserted Curves Workshop taught by Patricia Belyea of Okan ArtsX Exercise block made with a square of patterned fabric and two curved line insertionsX Exercise block made with a square of patterned cotton and two curved line insertionsX Exercise blocks made with a squares of patterned cotton and two curved line insertionsX Exercise blocks made with squares of yukata cotton (vintage Japanese textile) and two curved line insertions in each square of fabricX Exercise blocks made with squares of patterned cotton and two curved line insertionsX Exercise blocks made with squares of patterned cotton and two curved line insertions

CENTRUM QUILT

This homework project spanned two sessions as students prepped their fabric grids, designed their insertions, and finally sewed it all together. Note the clever details in the skinny inner borders.

Centrum Quilt, a student project from the Creativity & Inserted Curves workshop taught by Patricia Belyea of Okan ArtsCentrum Quilt, a student project from the Creativity & Inserted Curves workshop taught by Patricia Belyea of Okan ArtsCentrum Quilt, a homework project for the Creativity & Inserted Curves Workshop taught by Patricia Belyea of Okan ArtsCentrum Quilt, a homework project from the Creativity & Inserted Curves Workshop taught by Patricia Belyea of Okan ArtsCentrum Quilt, a student project from the Creativity & Inserted Curves Workshop taught by Patricia BelyeaCentrum Quilt, a homework project from the Creativity & Inserted Curves Workshop taught by Patricia Belyea of Okan ArtsCentrum Quilt, a student project from the Creativity & Inserted Curves Workshop taught by Patricia Belyea

MIRROR QUILT

The grand finale project was a mind-bender as students took everything they learned about inserted curves and playfully explored the illusion of mirrored designs—but without complete symmetry.

Mirror Quilt, a student project from the Creativity & Inserted Curves Workshop taught by Patricia Belyea of Okan ArtsMirror Quilt, a homework project for the Creativity & Inserted Curves Workshop taught by Patricia Belyea of Okan ArtsMirror Quilt, a student project from the Creativity & Inserted Curves Workshop taught by Patricia Belyea of Okan ArtsMirror Quilt, a student project from the Creativity & Inserted Curves Workshop taught by Patricia Belyea of Okan ArtsMirror Quilt, a student project from the Creativity & Inserted Curves Workshop taught by Patricia Belyea of Okan ArtsMirror Quilt, a homework project from the Creativity & Inserted Curves Workshop taught by Patricia Belyea of Okan Arts

This workshop pushed and pulled students! Here are some of their comments:

It’s always a challenge to expand one’s capabilities and learn something new. And your class certainly did that. 

Opened up my mind which is now exploding with visions of art quilts of my creation!  SO CRAZY!!

I came up against all kinds of resistance in myself with a demand to grow.

The spark of ah-ha in a student’s eyes is a precious reward for a teacher. And there were some true fires started within my eager students as they learned the language of Insert-ease.

This is the tip of the needle of the amazing work that was accomplished in the workshop. Many students are not represented but I can say that all who participated truly did get stretched in new ways.

Mirror Quilt, a homework project for the Creativity & Inserted Curves Workshop taught by Patricia Belyea of Okan Arts

Patricia is teaching Creativity & Inserted Curves in person at Woodland Ridge Retreat in Wisconsin in August. +learn more

The next online Creativity & Inserted Curves workshop is scheduled for Winter 2023. If you would like to be on the Interested List for priority registration before the general public, please email Patricia at patricia@okanarts.com.

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