OKAN ARTS BLOG


four june giveaways!

four june giveaways!

This month Okan Arts is giving away Mary W Kerr’s book Southern Quilts: Celebrating Traditions, History, and Design, published by Schiffer. There are four giveaways, each valued at $30. This book celebrates the can-do spirit and welcoming hearts of strong Southern women. More than a picture resource, each chapter examines a different style of quilt […] read more +


flutterby quilt for eleanor

flutterby quilt for eleanor

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  I’m not one for the make-a-quilt-in-a-weekend approach. Yet I was challenged to do just that over the Memorial Day Weekend. In four days, I needed to design, create, and finish a graduation quilt for a high school senior at my church. As it was a holiday weekend, my husband and […] read more +


hana-goyomi by barb vlack

hana-goyomi by barb vlack

By Patricia Belyea SAINT CHARLES IL  When I met Barb Vlack—a quilt speaker, teacher and author—at The Joe Retreat last February, I felt a charmed connection. With my usual spontaneous boldness, I invited myself to stay at her home the next time I travelled east. So here I am! Barb’s home is filled with quilts—made […] read more +


sarah nishiura: born to quilt

sarah nishiura: born to quilt

By Patricia Belyea CHICAGO IL  Artist Sarah Nishiura was endowed with many gifts. Her grandmother was a quilter. Her mother was a family seamstress who made clothes for her five children. Her father was a mathematician. And she was schooled as a painter. All these tumbled together to make Sarah an astute quilter who stretches […] read more +


quilt market peeps

quilt market peeps

By Patricia Belyea PORTLAND OR  It was easy to get to Spring Quilt Market this year—just three hours down the road to Portland. I met up with personalities and pals to learn what’s new in the quilting industry. Here are some of the people I caught up with as I tootled around the expansive show […] read more +


curves unleashed

curves unleashed

By Patricia Belyea LA CONNER, WA  The goal of this year’s Yukata Cotton & Curves Workshop was to play with simple component compositions. You make one element. Then you make another element. Then you make another element. Then you connect them all together. The word of the week was FUN. No big masterplans. Just look at what […] read more +


four may giveaways!

four may giveaways!

This month Okan Arts is giving away four one-yard pieces of vintage Japanese yukata cotton and three spools of cotton floss by Aurifil. There are four giveaways, each valued at $63. The indigo and white yukata cottons, imported by Okan Arts, were hand-dyed between 20 to 40 years ago in small Japanese artisan workshops. The […] read more +


jr rail pass: green is golden

jr rail pass: green is golden

By Patricia Belyea I have been to Japan over a dozen times but never traveled with a Japan Railways (JR) Rail Pass. For this past trip, Victoria and I had two-week JR Rail Passes that we activated once we arrived at Narita Airport near Tokyo. We made full use of our Rail Passes. In Tokyo, […] read more +


four april giveaways

four april giveaways

This month Okan Arts is giving away four half-yards of Laura Berringer’s Fade Out collection from Studio 37 of Marcus Fabrics paired with three spools of floss by Aurifil. There are four giveaways, each valued at $43.00. Laura’s Fade Out cotton collection features only four colors—black, white, cream, and tan—for super subtle and sophisticated projects. […] read more +


daruma does japan

daruma does japan

By Patricia Belyea JAPAN  On the first night of our Japan trek, the Mima family gave me a Daruma doll from Blue & White in Tokyo. Yoko and Kayako Mima playfully told me that the Daruma reminded them of my husband, Michael. We all laughed at that. Daruma, although constantly scowling, happily joined Victoria and I […] read more +