OKAN ARTS BLOG


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 +


a special request to you

a special request to you

By Patricia  Belyea Last Fall I learned that a family friend had been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Knowing that every day my friend’s muscles were weakening and slowly wasting away until total paralysis takes over horrified me. All the more terrifying is the fact that her brain will not fail and she will be […] read more +


four june giveaways!

four june giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea This month’s giveaway features Bill Volckening’s new book Modern Roots, published by C&T’s Stash Books division. There are four giveaways—each valued at $28. Bill is known for his extensive quilt collection that he has amassed in the last three decades. The newly opened exhibit at International Quilt Study Center, Off The Grid, features Bill’s quilts […] read more +


workshop wonders

workshop wonders

By Patricia Belyea LA CONNER WA  All the women who gathered for the May 2017 Yukata Quilting Workshop in La Conner were alums. Each one had participated in one or two earlier Workshops and came back for more! This May’s Workshop, from a Sunday night to a Friday morn, offered a time to learn something new—curved piecing, beginning and […] read more +


bill volckening: insatiable quilt guy

bill volckening: insatiable quilt guy

By Patricia Belyea PORTLAND OR  For Bill Volckening, the have-to-have-quilt urge began when he was a college student in New York City. He attended a private showing of quilts for sale hosted by Shelly Zegart, delved into his living allowance, and bought a historic New York Beauty. Now, almost 30 years later, Bill lives on the opposite coast in a […] read more +


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 +


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 +

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