Curved piecing workshops with Patricia Belyea

summer reveal

By Patricia Belyea

LA CONNER WA  When I post about a summer workshop in La Conner, no one wants to see photos of the picturesque waterfront. Or the pink sunsets. Or the happy group meals. Or the pop-up shop brimming with vintage Japanese textiles. Or the excursion to the local quilt museum. Or the beautiful gardens or herons overhead. No, it's all about the workshop projects!

The Workshop theme was Creativity, Curves & Compositions.

So here you go: The first project was the Quadrant Quilt where students made four big blocks, of their own design, with complex curves.

For the last two days of the Workshop, everyone moved to making a quilt design focusing on one big idea that incorporated curves. That meant thinking about their quilt compositions in a whole new way.

If developing quilt designs with curves appeals to you, I am teaching similar workshops online, via Zoom. To learn more +click here

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9 comments


  • Patricia Belyea
    David—Each participant always brings their own style of creativity to the Workshop. That shows through for sure! PB

  • David Owen Hastings
    Wonderful to see all the creativity with curves!

  • Earlene McClair
    Lovely!!!!! They are all so different from one another. Makes me want to get my curve-mojo on and make another “curve project”. I participated in Patricia’s curve workshop in Aptos, Calif., and it was such a fun process, great teacher!

  • Roberta DesRoches
    So creative, I love all of them. Hope to start my own circle project soon.

  • Janet Wright
    Beautiful photos!!! It looks like everyone had fun and was successful—a tribute to a great teacher.

  • JamieS
    Talented students and teacher.

  • Pamela PV
    These are great! I really enjoy seeing how the yukata cottons are used.

  • Rose Rademan
    Thank you for posting such inspiring pictures!! Great work by everyone!

  • MJ Buckingham
    Remarkable week of creative learning, excellent teaching and coaching, a wealth of techniques and strategies, and extraordinarily talented participants!