summertime curves in la conner

summertime curves in la conner

NOTE: Patricia Belyea is teaching online workshops focusing on Creativity + Curves. To learn more +click here

By Patricia Belyea


The July Yukata Quilting Workshop in La Conner focused on creativity, curves and yukata cottons. But it was the smiles on the faces of the 13 participants that were the greatest curves of all!

In the first two days, each student designed and sewed their own version of a four-quadrant curved quilt top. Then they advanced to make full compositions that included curved piecing.

The venue, La Conner Country Inn, provided a spacious workroom and nearby nook for a pop-up shop that offered hundreds of bolts of vintage Japanese yukata cotton.

Better yet, we were in the small town of La Conner, on the Swinomish Channel, where we could walk to everything! Three blocks away, the regional quilt museum in the ornate Gaches Mansion welcomed us with three floors of exhibits. Behind the boutiques and cafes on the main street, an inviting boardwalk stretched the length of downtown. And the sun set at 9pm for super-long, light-filled, summer days.

Does adding curves to your quilting projects—of your own design and as flat as can be—sound appealing? Check for an online workshop with Patricia that matches your calendar. See you there!

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  • Helen S.
    Oh, if I could only be there! The quilts are beautiful and I’d love to learn how to do curved piecing! Thank you for sharing the wonderful works!

  • beverley tsutsumi
    The curved quilts are fantastic! I wish I was closer so I could take a class.

    I love Okan arts.

    thank you.

  • LeeAnn
    Wow! Every composition is unique and beautiful. The very happy faces really tell the story.

  • Peg Swartzman
    I agree! Their individual voices shine through!

  • Nicole Hannah
    That second one, the butterfly, is especially fantastic. Would love to see a picture of that one once finished.

  • Patricia Belyea
    Karen—The Workshop participants were on fire! They got the concept of combining curves with yukata cottons to make piecing compositions that were out-of-the-ordinary and beautiful. PB

  • Karen S Kijinski
    OMG, those are all beautiful.