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four november giveaways!

four november giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea This month’s giveaway features Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s Green and Red Collection produced by Studio 37 of Marcus Fabrics! Each giveaway includes a fat quarter bundle of 15 patterns plus a 1/4 yard of the bordered Wreath pattern. There are four November giveaways—each valued at $50. Victoria admits that she is an unabashed […] read more +


iron quilter challenge: two hours = six quilts

iron quilter challenge: two hours = six quilts

By Patricia Belyea HOUSTON TX  Being a solitary and plodding quilter, I loved Iron Quilter Challenge—a fast-paced spectator sport—on the Monday night of Quilt Festival. Six teams of five, led by a quilting celebrity, were given seven yards of fabric and two hours to complete a quilt top. Due to a mix-up in timing, I […] read more +


my market moments

my market moments

By Patricia Belyea HOUSTON TX  Everyone experiences Fall Quilt Market differently. For me, I saw the whole event through the eyes of a Fall Market neophyte and a busy new author. I had a full schedule with a Schoolhouse session, a class, book signings, and demos. Being a featured guest in a booth and having quilt […] read more +


october curves

october curves

By Patricia Belyea LA CONNER WA  This year a Fall session was added to the Yukata Quilting Workshop schedule. Students came from Hawaii, California, Washington state, and Oregon. Working together for four full days, curves gracefully emerged on every design wall. When you take a peek at the student projects, note that quilters often work […] read more +


four october giveaways!

four october giveaways!

And now for the moment I’ve been waiting for. My book released today! This month’s giveaway features my book East-Meets-West Quilts: Explore Improv with Japanese-Inspired Designs! Plus the Aurifil East-Meets-West Thread Set. Plus one yard of vintage Japanese yukata cotton. There are four October giveaways—each valued at $94. The book shows you how to combine […] read more +


welcome back, victoria!

welcome back, victoria!

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  Last Spring I wrote that my enthusiastic and innovative youngest daughter, Victoria Stone, was leaving Okan Arts as a part-time employee to pursue other interests. That change did not last long! Recognizing that Victoria’s personal strengths were a perfect fit for the future of Okan Arts, Michael and I made […] read more +


the world’s best hot water bottle

the world’s best hot water bottle

By Patricia Belyea Last January I visited Bryan Whitehead in the small town of Fujino, Japan, on a clear day. The weather made for a spectacular view of Mount Fuji on the drive from the village train station to Bryan’s silk farmhouse. It also made for bitterly cold temperatures. Bryan, Canadian by birth, has spent […] read more +


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 +

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