OKAN ARTS BLOG


four garden quilts

four garden quilts

By Patricia Belyea WAUCONDA WA  On April 13, Jane Sassaman wrote this Instagram post: I have put together a few textile treasure boxes. These are 7 pound layer cakes representing 20 years of my fabric designs for FreeSpirit. Each box is unique and has the equivalent of 20 yards of fabric in fat quarter to half […] read more +


joe cunningham: quiltmaking as a way to be free

joe cunningham: quiltmaking as a way to be free

Editor’s Note: During our time of confinement, Joe designed an online workshop where you can join him from your home sewing studio! Workshop info is at the bottom. PB. By Joe Cunningham SAN FRANCISCO When I started making quilts 40 years ago I learned that there were certain techniques, certain color combinations and certain ways of […] read more +


allie aller: the happy quilter

allie aller: the happy quilter

Editor Note: I asked Allison Aller what makes her happy. Allie had lots to say about this topic! PB By Allison Aller, guest blogger WASHOUGAL WA  What makes me happy has always been right here at home: I’m a quilter, writer, and gardener—all home-based pursuits. I began quilting in 1972, studied design in college, and […] read more +


iron talk

iron talk

By Patricia Belyea WAUCONDA WA  Last week my iron gushed all over a quilt project. The good news—it wasn’t rusty water. The water dried and didn’t leave a stain. For my workshops and both studios, I’ve bought a bevy of Rowentas—the ones with 400 steam holes and lots of power! I contacted Rowenta Customer Service and asked […] read more +


yukata cotton devotees

yukata cotton devotees

By Patricia Belyea WAUCONDA WA  At Okan Arts, our big thing is vintage Japanese yukata cottons. We’re crazy about them! The luscious hand-dyed cottons inspire us to make out-of-the-ordinary quilts. And we’re thrilled to share our finds with other adventuresome quilters. Okan Arts sources the cottons from over 30 vendors in Japan—antique shops, vintage warehouses, […] read more +


sashiko 2: a hand-stitched look by machine

sashiko 2: a hand-stitched look by machine

By Patricia Belyea PRICE ALERT: Contact patricia@okanarts.com to learn about the Sashiko 2 Stay-At-Home Sale that includes free shipping to your home. Sale pricing valid through May 31, 2020. SEATTLE WA  Many of you know that Victoria and I currently use Baby Lock’s Sashiko 2 to finish our quilts. This one-of-a-kind sewing machine lets us quilt […] read more +


daruma experiences a japanese textile tour

daruma experiences a japanese textile tour

By Paricia Belyea JAPAN  Daruma just got back from a whirlwind trip with Okan Arts 2020 Tokyo Quilt Festival & Japanese Textile Tour. The tour started with two days at the Great International Quilt Festival. As much as he appreciated the quilt exhibits, Daruma had lots of fun getting lost in the special exhibits and […] read more +


sachiko yoshida :: silk sensei

sachiko yoshida :: silk sensei

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  When I first met Sachiko Yoshida, she was in America. Both Sachiko and Miwako Kimura had brought their students to exhibit their quilts at La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum. The biennial show, in 2012, was organized by Ako Shimozato. I met the whole crew at a Welcome Dinner full […] read more +


tokyo quilt festival 2020: details of quilts

tokyo quilt festival 2020: details of quilts

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP Allow me to share detail photos of some of the quilts at this year’s Tokyo Quilt Festival. It’s a delight to be able to get up close to these masterpieces. To see a post with lots of photos of the quilts and special exhibits +click here read more +


tokyo quilt festival 2020

tokyo quilt festival 2020

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  The International Great Quilt Festival is immense in so many ways—inspiration, excellence, and delight. What I’m sharing with you here is the tip of the needle of what’s displayed in the vast Tokyo Dome. I do not include the makers of the quilts if their names are only available in […] read more +