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four september giveaways!

four september giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea This month’s giveaway features a book that I have been waiting for—Cotton & Indigo from Japan by Teresa Duryea Wong! There are four September giveaways—each valued at $35. A quilter from Texas, Teresa takes us on a journey to meet top fabric designers and quilters in Japan, then to the fields where […] read more +


a straight answer about straight pins

a straight answer about straight pins

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  The Supply List for my Doodle Piecing Workshop includes “fine pins” as one of the things to bring. What does that mean? Students have arrived with pins as fine butterfly antennae and pins as chunky as little nails. When I was at Quilt Market in St. Louis this May, I […] read more +


four back-to-school giveaways

four back-to-school giveaways

This back-to-school giveaway features the book The Quilts of Gee’s Bend by Susan Goodman Rubin. There are four giveaways—each valued at $22. The story of the Gee’s Bend Quilters is well-known. Descended from slaves, they survived as tenant farmers working a stubby peninsula of land in the Alabama River. Six days a week they toiled and on […] read more +


a quilt for nora

a quilt for nora

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  Plymouth Piecemakers makes quilts for newborn babies and high school seniors at Plymouth Congregational Church. The group was founded by quilting guru Maurine Noble who taught many quilters how to free-motion quilt in the 1990s and 2000s. As a member of Plymouth Piecemakers, my assignment this year was to make […] read more +


four august giveaways!

four august giveaways!

This month’s giveaway features fat quarters from Marcus Fabrics Wool Collection and spools of Lana Wool threads from Aurifil. There are four August giveaways—each valued at $112. The luscious squares of wool are perfect for applique. And they’re ready for felting. Or use them just the way they are for any creative project. Bright colors, paired […] read more +


the H quilt

the H quilt

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  Two and a half years ago, I attended a baby shower for Skip and Kelly. Instead of bringing a gift, I wrote ”I look forward to making a quilt for your new baby” in a pretty card. At the rate I was going, their little baby might get a quilt from […] read more +


summertime curves in la conner

summertime curves in la conner

By Patricia Belyea LA CONNER WA  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 […] read more +


four july giveaways!

four july giveaways!

This month’s giveaway features Casey York’s new fabric collection FinelSpun, produced by Studio 37 of Marcus Fabrics. There are four July giveaways—FinelSpun fat-quarter bundles, each valued at $80. Although FinelSpun is Casey’s first fabric collection, she is well known in the modern quilt movement for her custom quilt designs, books on applique, patterns, speaking, and teaching. […] read more +


casey york: art historian + fabric designer

casey york: art historian + fabric designer

  By Casey York PhD, Guest Blogger ST LOUIS MO Hi, I’m Casey of Casey York Design. I had the pleasure of meeting Patricia Belyea of Okan Arts at Spring Quilt Market in my current home city of St. Louis. She wanted to hear from a new fabric designer and invited me to introduce Fine|Spun, […] read more +


sri: japanese folk textile gallery

sri: japanese folk textile gallery

By Patricia Belyea BROOKLYN NY  After 30 seconds, had I seen everything in Stephen Szczepanek’s Sri gallery?  Yes and no. In one spin, I saw the physical space. Yet when I left two hours later, I had just begun to uncover the treasures in Stephen’s thoughtfully curated collection of vintage and antique Japanese folk textiles. […] read more +

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