OKAN ARTS BLOG


the first inserted curves workshop

the first inserted curves workshop

By Patricia Belyea KAILUA-KONA HI  I taught my first Inserted Curves Workshop last week on the Big Island of Hawaii. Thirteen enthusiastic quilters signed up to learn something new. So how did my inaugural Workshop go? Let me set the scene: The Workshop spanned two days. The host shop Quilt Passions rented an empty storefront two doors […] read more +


four december giveaways!

four december giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea It’s time to celebrate! This month Okan Arts is giving away a copy of KIMONO Vanishing Tradition: Japanese Textiles of the 20th Century and a gorgeous tenga obi. There are four giveaways, each valued at $100. KIMONO Vanishing Tradition, written by Cheryl Imperatore and Paul MacLardy, is published by Schiffer. This hefty book […] read more +


a visit with blair stocker

a visit with blair stocker

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  Earlier this week I drove 92 blocks north to the home of Blair Stocker, the force behind Wise Craft Handmade. Blair is known for turning meaningful fabrics into modern quilts. When I pulled up to Blair’s address, I spied her classic Craftsman house through the gray November rain. Once inside, […] read more +


the joe retreat: two colors

the joe retreat: two colors

By Patricia Belyea UNION WA Just because Joe Cunningham says that projects require just two colors doesn’t mean that’s what’s going to happen. Take at look at the quilters and their works-in-progress as they piece daily assignments at a recent session of The Joe Retreat. Sometimes, when everyone was getting into the flow of their […] read more +


four giveaways for veterans day!

four giveaways for veterans day!

By Patricia Belyea For Veterans Day, Okan Arts is giving away a copy of Quilts of Valor: A 50 State Salute published  by Schiffer. There are four giveaways, each valued at $25. I can’t say it any better than Marianne Fons in the foreword: A Quilt of Valor says unequivocally, “Thank you for your service, your sacrifice, […] read more +


four november giveaways!

four november giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea This month Okan Arts is giving away a copy of maido: A gaijin’s guide to Japanese gestures and culture and two yards of bright yukata cotton. There are four giveaways, each valued at $45. maido, written by Christy Colón Hasegawa and published by Schiffer, describes the most common Japanese gestures and defines […] read more +


indigo, inside and out, with bryan whitehead

indigo, inside and out, with bryan whitehead

By David Owen Hastings, guest blogger SEATTLE WA  I’ve just returned from nearly a month in Japan… a dream trip come true! The main impetus for my trip was a 10-day Japanese Textile Workshop led by Bryan Whitehead in the mountain town of Fujino. For 30 years, Bryan has been living and working in Japan, […] read more +


more on inserted curves!

more on inserted curves!

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  Late last summer, I made three samples for my Inserted Curves Workshop. The technique involves inserting curved design elements into a quilt top. The workshop samples are three variations of an idea for students to consider when designing their first Inserted Curves projects.  All the curved elements are pieced and […] read more +


four october giveaways!

four october giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea This month Okan Arts is giving away an issue of UPPERCASE and the inaugural issue of Little U, periodicals published by UPPERCASE. There are four giveaways, each valued at $41. If you are not familiar with UPPERCASE, meet an independent publisher that produces ad-free magazines and books for the creative and curious. […] read more +


caryn friedlander: the unexpected stitcher

caryn friedlander: the unexpected stitcher

By Patricia Belyea EDISON WA  There’s a word in Japanese— ikagai—that roughly translates to “the thing you live for” or “why you get up in the morning.” Finding one’s own ikagai can become confusing for many once they retire from a rich and meaningful career. Not so for Caryn Friedlander, once an art professor at […] read more +