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snippets from spring quilt market

snippets from spring quilt market

By Patricia Belyea ST LOUIS MO  What happens at Spring Quilt Market, the annual event that amasses all the industry players in one place? Manufacturers, distributors and publishers conduct wholesale business with store and website owners who cater to the quilters of the world. Besides seeing what’s new, everyone catches up with one another. In the two days I […] read more +


four may giveaways!

four may giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea This month’s giveaway features Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s Light Work fabric collection by Marcus Fabrics and thread set by Aurifil. There are four giveaways—with each FQ bundle and thread set valued at $101. Victoria’s low-volume collection expresses the breeziness of summer. As Victoria says,”this collection looks amazingly scrappy all together, making light work for the […] read more +


be your self: a lesson learned

be your self: a lesson learned

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  I started on my newest quilt at The Joe Retreat in November. The idea was to have a little fun after working on my book for three years! Scissor-cutting fabric and sewing together folksy words with bits of light blue, white, and bright colors led the whimsical composition.  I surrounded […] read more +


where’s victoria—the face of okan arts?

where’s victoria—the face of okan arts?

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  As many of you know, Victoria Stone is my youngest daughter. Victoria has managed the Okan Arts online store since 2015 while she attended University of Washington. As part of her job, Victoria displayed a newly listed yukata cotton pattern in the Okan Arts monthly e-news. Some readers admitted they clicked on each edition […] read more +


miwako kimura: quilting sensei

miwako kimura: quilting sensei

Above: Miwako Kimura with her quilt Fly Over Here Fireflies that includes LED lights By Patricia Belyea LA CONNER WA   Forget about an airline ticket to Tokyo for the International Great Quilt Festival! Miwako Kimura of Flower Quilt Club and some of her students brought a joyful collection of quilts to Pacific Northwest Quilt & […] read more +


blair stocker: meaningful patchwork

blair stocker: meaningful patchwork

By guest blogger Blair Stocker—quilt author, speaker and teacher SEATTLE WA  The first quilt I ever made was of my daughter’s baby clothes. I was raised surrounded by strong Southern women, many that were crafty and creative, but no quilters. I didn’t know much about making a quilt. My instinct told me that you use […] read more +


abby glassenberg: crafting a creative business

abby glassenberg: crafting a creative business

By Patricia Belyea WELLESLEY MA  An uber ride dropped me in front of a charming house in the picturesque community of Wellesley. There craft ambassador Abby Glassenberg greeted me and guided me to her studio. A re-purposed living room, Abby’s tidy studio included a long table, work area, library, and bin storage for fabrics. The mantle of […] read more +


a fidget quilt for mom

a fidget quilt for mom

By Patricia Belyea OTTAWA CA  Today is my mother’s 90th birthday. Her brain has become quite frayed so I made her a fidget quilt. In early January I found two naval-officer epaulettes ($3 each) at the Ballyhoo Curiosity Shop in Ballard. My father was a commander in the Canadian Navy hence my mom was a naval officer’s wife […] read more +


no-sweat tokyo travel tips

no-sweat tokyo travel tips

By Patricia Belyea I encourage you to grab a buddy and travel to Tokyo. Buy a plane ticket, order yen from your bank, and pack your bags. It’s time to head to the most populated city in the world! before you go JR Rail Pass If you’re traveling outside of Tokyo on your trip, it’s […] read more +


japan’s newest textile artists

japan’s newest textile artists

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  Take a look these remarkable textile works installed in the lobby of a swank Tokyo office tower. Some of the artists are also shown with their work. These are the final projects of graduate students from Joshibi University of Art and Design with study concentrations in textiles. In speaking with these young women […] read more +

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