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four december giveaways!

four december giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea This month’s giveaway features four vintage Japanese yukatas (casual cotton kimonos). Each is tailored using traditionally hand-dyed yukata cotton—three for women, one for a man. Big questions to be determined if you win one of these fabulous finds: Do you wear it? Do you hang it above your bed? Or, do you cut […] +more


yoshiko jinzenji : master of minimalism

yoshiko jinzenji : master of minimalism

By guest blogger Teresa Duryea Wong, quilter, speaker and author  KYOTO, JP  In September, I had a special visit with Yoshiko Jinzenji in her home up in the mountains outside Kyoto. We toured her gorgeous custom-built house and of course, went through dozens of her stunning quilts. Needless to say, an afternoon spent digging through these treasures—touching them, […] +more


the joe retreat: session two

the joe retreat: session two

By Patricia Belyea HOOD CANAL WA  Session Two of The Joe Retreat, with Joe Cunningham and Patricia Belyea, was the same and different as Session One. Six participants stayed on and new ones joined them. The theme, Folk Ways, focused on making quilt tops with personally inspired ideas. Scissors snapped, cutters rolled, sewing machines buzzed as Joe wanted “more […] +more


the joe retreat: session one

the joe retreat: session one

By Patricia Belyea I am reporting on much happiness on one of the saddest days of all time. Two truths—one good and one horrendous happening in two special places. It is all hard to comprehend. HOOD CANAL, WA  Seventeen quilters (plus two amazing husbands) gathered at Saint Andrew’s for a five-day retreat with Joe Cunningham and me. […] +more


sue spargo : global folk artist

sue spargo : global folk artist

By guest blogger Sue Spargo—folk artist, author, quilter, author, speaker and teacher. UNIONTOWN OH I feel fortunate to have experienced many different cultures in my life. My parents gave me traveling shoes—in their early twenties they packed up their home in England and ventured to the bush in Zambia, Africa, where I was born. From there […] +more


four november giveaways!

four november giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea It’s impossible not to fall in love with Sue Spargo’s stitched quilt creations. Jennifer Keltner, publisher at Martingale, well knew this when she gave the go-ahead for Sue’s newest book: a coffee-table extravaganza of embellished folk-art quilts. This month’s giveaway features Sue’s book: Stitches to Savor, A Celebration of Designs by Sue Spargo. The book presents twelve […] +more


local inspiration

local inspiration

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  I love how Heather Jones extracted a fab quilt design from the parking lot of a local big box store—a place she’d visited many times before. One day, blam, she recognized the power and simplicity of the painted grid and made her gorgeous Mason Quilts (above). In her new book, Quilt […] +more

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