NOTE: Patricia Belyea is leading online workshops focusing on Creativity & Curves. To learn more +click here
By Patricia Belyea
LA CONNER WA This year a Fall session was added to the Yukata Quilting Workshop schedule. Students came from Hawaii, California, Washington state, and Oregon. Working together for four full days, curves gracefully emerged on every design wall.
When you take a peek at the student projects, note that quilters often work with colors they enjoy wearing.
In the Workshop, students learned how to pattern curves of their own design. The first two days focused on making four oversized blocks filled with intersecting curves. For the final two days, students challenged themselves to create larger curved compositions with their newly honed skills.
To add to the excitement, my book finally released. Also, Sylvia Pippen and Kitty Pippen (now 97) stopped by for a visit. Kitty and I are both identical twins—just not with each other!
After the Workshop concluded and everyone was safely home, Jo Anne from Hawaii sent this kind email:
“Around the 2nd day into the retreat….I came to realize that you have finally gotten me to the end of road of one of my quilting goals…to be able to put together a quilt. I am now on a new path for quilting….and it’s the very first goal I set for myself 17 years ago….to create beautiful freestyle quilts with my own designs.
I feel like you have unlocked the chains that were holding me back….and I have finally gotten the freedom I so desperately needed.”
A quilting teacher couldn't ask for a more heart-touching message.