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where’s victoria—the face of okan arts?

where’s victoria—the face of okan arts?

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  As many of you know, Victoria Stone is my youngest daughter. Victoria has managed the Okan Arts online store since 2015 while she attended University of Washington. As part of her job, Victoria displayed a newly listed yukata cotton pattern in the Okan Arts monthly e-news. Some readers admitted they clicked on each edition […] read more +


four april giveaways!

four april giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea This month’s giveaway features Blair Stocker’s newly released book: Wise Craft Quilts: A Guide to Turning Beloved Fabrics into Meaningful Patchwork. There are four giveaways, with each book valued at $29.95. I love Blair’s quote on the dedication page: For every maker and reader who has ever told me about a special […] read more +


miwako kimura: quilting sensei

miwako kimura: quilting sensei

Above: Miwako Kimura with her quilt Fly Over Here Fireflies that includes LED lights By Patricia Belyea LA CONNER WA   Forget about an airline ticket to Tokyo for the International Great Quilt Festival! Miwako Kimura of Flower Quilt Club and some of her students brought a joyful collection of quilts to Pacific Northwest Quilt & […] read more +


blair stocker: meaningful patchwork

blair stocker: meaningful patchwork

By guest blogger Blair Stocker—quilt author, speaker and teacher SEATTLE WA  The first quilt I ever made was of my daughter’s baby clothes. I was raised surrounded by strong Southern women, many that were crafty and creative, but no quilters. I didn’t know much about making a quilt. My instinct told me that you use […] read more +


abby glassenberg: crafting a creative business

abby glassenberg: crafting a creative business

By Patricia Belyea WELLESLEY MA  An uber ride dropped me in front of a charming house in the picturesque community of Wellesley. There craft ambassador Abby Glassenberg greeted me and guided me to her studio. A re-purposed living room, Abby’s tidy studio included a long table, work area, library, and bin storage for fabrics. The mantle of […] read more +


a fidget quilt for mom

a fidget quilt for mom

By Patricia Belyea OTTAWA CA  Today is my mother’s 90th birthday. Her brain has become quite frayed so I made her a fidget quilt. In early January I found two naval-officer epaulettes ($3 each) at the Ballyhoo Curiosity Shop in Ballard. My father was a commander in the Canadian Navy hence my mom was a naval officer’s wife […] read more +


no-sweat tokyo travel tips

no-sweat tokyo travel tips

By Patricia Belyea I encourage you to grab a buddy and travel to Tokyo. Buy a plane ticket, order yen from your bank, and pack your bags. It’s time to head to the most populated city in the world! before you go JR Rail Pass If you’re traveling outside of Tokyo on your trip, it’s […] read more +


japan’s newest textile artists

japan’s newest textile artists

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  Take a look these remarkable textile works installed in the lobby of a swank Tokyo office tower. Some of the artists are also shown with their work. These are the final projects of graduate students from Joshibi University of Art and Design with study concentrations in textiles. In speaking with these young women […] read more +


2017 tokyo quilt festival: part four

2017 tokyo quilt festival: part four

ABOVE: Detail of quilt by Yoko Saito PART FOUR: Yoko Saito Retrospective, Grand Prix Winners By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  I have saved the best until the last! Let’s start with the Yoko Saito Retrospective. Known as the founder of Taupeism, Yoko Saito started her quilting journey emulating traditional American quilt designs. Ultimately she found her true […] read more +


2017 tokyo quilt festival: part three

2017 tokyo quilt festival: part three

ABOVE: Field mice from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz feature project PART THREE: Special Exhibits, Historic Textiles By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  Japanese quilt artist Reiko Washizawa and her group produced this year’s feature project: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Dorothy and Toto landed in a magical place filled with fields of poppies, flying monkeys, and a wizard in […] read more +

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