OKAN ARTS BLOG


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 +


flutterby quilt for eleanor

flutterby quilt for eleanor

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  I’m not one for the make-a-quilt-in-a-weekend approach. Yet I was challenged to do just that over the Memorial Day Weekend. In four days, I needed to design, create, and finish a graduation quilt for a high school senior at my church. As it was a holiday weekend, my husband and […] read more +


hana-goyomi by barb vlack

hana-goyomi by barb vlack

By Patricia Belyea SAINT CHARLES IL  When I met Barb Vlack—a quilt speaker, teacher and author—at The Joe Retreat last February, I felt a charmed connection. With my usual spontaneous boldness, I invited myself to stay at her home the next time I travelled east. So here I am! Barb’s home is filled with quilts—made […] read more +


sarah nishiura: born to quilt

sarah nishiura: born to quilt

By Patricia Belyea CHICAGO IL  Artist Sarah Nishiura was endowed with many gifts. Her grandmother was a quilter. Her mother was a family seamstress who made clothes for her five children. Her father was a mathematician. And she was schooled as a painter. All these tumbled together to make Sarah an astute quilter who stretches […] read more +


quilt market peeps

quilt market peeps

By Patricia Belyea PORTLAND OR  It was easy to get to Spring Quilt Market this year—just three hours down the road to Portland. I met up with personalities and pals to learn what’s new in the quilting industry. Here are some of the people I caught up with as I tootled around the expansive show […] read more +


curves unleashed

curves unleashed

By Patricia Belyea LA CONNER, WA  The goal of this year’s Yukata Cotton & Curves Workshop was to play with simple component compositions. You make one element. Then you make another element. Then you make another element. Then you connect them all together. The word of the week was FUN. No big masterplans. Just look at what […] read more +