Inserted Curves Workshop with Patricia Belyea

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By Patricia Belyea

UNION WA Earlier this month, ten adventuresome quilters ventured to Harmony Hill Retreat Center for an immersive Inserted Curves experience. Just as everyone enjoyed the Sunday night Welcome Dinner, a magical flurry of snow covered the farm-style campus.

Monday and Tuesday were spent inserting curved design elements into 21" nine-patches. These central pieced units were then double-bordered to make 35" square quilt tops. Many of the participants chose to use Workshop Kits from Okan Arts that provided five indigo over-dyed yukata cottons and two solids.

Take a look at the people and projects:

In the last two days of the Retreat, the students moved to a larger-sized project and the challenge of creating an overall quilt composition.

The Retreat ended with a family-style breakfast on Friday morning. The Storm of the Century, predicted to arrive by mid-day, encouraged a few to leave early to beat the promised blizzards. I drove back to my home in Seattle, arriving just as the first snowflake fluttered down.

Patricia Belyea teaches online Zoom workshops focusing on creativity and curved piecing. To learn more +click here

Below: Paradise Found, a quilt in progress with Inserted Curves by Patricia Belyea


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  • Patricia Belyea
    LeeAnn—Can you believe that one student knew how to use a sewing machine but had never worked on a quilt project before? She came with her sister, planning to read a few books. Ha! Hopefully she will go home and not stop stitching fabric together! PB

  • LeeAnn
    Wow! Each student’s work is unique and stunning!

  • Janet C. Wright
    Looks wonderful. I am looking forward to May and working with the inserted curves—second time around.

  • Patricia Belyea
    Shasta—I consider your comment to be a wonderful compliment. There are no patterns in my workshops so students have the opportunity to make something similar to the workshop samples or to do something a little different. PB

  • Patricia Belyea
    Jamie—Thank you. My students are lovely and DO great work. PB

  • Shasta Matova
    I like how these projects look so different even though they are doing the same technique! Beautiful!

  • JamieS
    Your students do beautiful work and your work is magical!

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