OKAN ARTS BLOG


four october giveaways!

four october giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea This month Okan Arts is giving away an issue of UPPERCASE and the inaugural issue of Little U, periodicals published by UPPERCASE. There are four giveaways, each valued at $41. If you are not familiar with UPPERCASE, meet an independent publisher that produces ad-free magazines and books for the creative and curious. […] read more +


caryn friedlander: the unexpected stitcher

caryn friedlander: the unexpected stitcher

By Patricia Belyea EDISON WA  There’s a word in Japanese— ikagai—that roughly translates to “the thing you live for” or “why you get up in the morning.” Finding one’s own ikagai can become confusing for many once they retire from a rich and meaningful career. Not so for Caryn Friedlander, once an art professor at […] read more +


the aha of curves

the aha of curves

By Patricia Belyea LA CONNER WA  Once again I had the opportunity to teach a cadre of quilters how to design and sew complex curves. The most fun at the Workshop was seeing the lightbulbs turn on as students gained confidence in their new curves skill set. And watching the design walls fill with big blocks […] read more +


cameron anne mason: the art of giving

cameron anne mason: the art of giving

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  “It’s a giftng economy,” explained Cameron Anne Mason about Burning Man. An annual arts festival, set up in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, Burning Man is dedicated to anti-consumerism and self-expression. (The event culminates in the burning of a large wooden sculpture of a man, hence the name.) Burners, […] read more +


four september giveaways!

four september giveaways!

This month Okan Arts is giving away a slew of goodies from hand-stitch guru Sue Spargo and publisher Martingale. There are four giveaways. Three are 2019 Stitches to Savor calendars from Martingale (value $22.99 each). The fourth is a grand collection: Sue’s self-published book Creative Stitching, six 1/32 cuts of wool,six spools of appliqué thread, […] read more +


four august giveaways!

four august giveaways!

This month Okan Arts is giving away 20 Fat Quarters from Judie Rothermel’s Scrappier Dots collection, produced by Studio 37 of Marcus Fabrics; and three spools of cotton floss by Aurifil. There are four giveaways, each valued at $71. Judie owns Schoolhouse Quilt Shoppe, an online business based in Canton OH. As an expert and […] read more +


adventuresome curves

adventuresome curves

By Patricia Belyea LA CONNER WA  Earlier this month, seven delightful quilters gathered in historic La Conner to learn about piecing curves. What did they all had in common? A desire to learn something new, an interest in Japanese textiles, and a love of quilting. After a remarkable Welcome Dinner, the following four days were […] read more +


four july giveaways!

four july giveaways!

This month Okan Arts is giving away the Ki-Coo Gardens collection from Studio 37 of Marcus Fabrics. The giveaway includes 19 fat quarters of Asian-patterned cottons. There are four giveaways, each valued at $55. Design Director Laura Berringer developed a delightful look with lush flowers, playful honeybees, graphic bamboo stalks, miniature fans, and a texture […] read more +


big grids with inserted curves

big grids with inserted curves

By Patricia Belyea WAUCONDA WA  After I delivered my book manuscript, I was drained. It took me months to get back into the studio and create something new. The first intriguing quilt top I made was simple—a grid of blue yukata cotton squares with some inserted curved elements. The most important aspect of the project […] read more +


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 +