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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


joe cunningham: freedom seeker

joe cunningham: freedom seeker

By Patricia Belyea SAN FRANCISCO CA  For once I was in the City of Lights at the same time as quilting luminary Joe Cunningham. To visit Joe at his studio south of Market Street, I passed through a locked gate, crossed a small concrete courtyard, and climbed a few wooden steps to enter a workspace he shares with painter Gwen […] +more


found/made : titillating

found/made : titillating

By Patricia Belyea SAN JOSE CA  The unexpected installations of quilts at Found/Made, the current exhibit at San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, sends a message to visitors: “Hang onto your hats! This is no traditional quilt show.” I visited the exhibit with quilting pal Joe Cunningham on a sunny California day. The Museum’s curator of […] +more


kitty pippen: still great at 95

kitty pippen: still great at 95

By Patricia Belyea LA CONNER WA  How often do we get to meet a living legend? That was my joy when I visited Kitty Pippen, and her husband Eldon, at their retirement residence in historic La Conner. This charming couple, now married 72 years, live in a bright, two-bedroom, corner apartment. When I arrived, the apartment […] +more


heather jones: quilt local

heather jones: quilt local

By guest blogger Heather Jones, author, speaker and teacher CININNATI, OH  My first solo book, Quilt Local: Finding Inspiration in the Everyday, is quite honestly a labor of love. I was first approached about five years ago to write a book at a time when I was just starting to quilt regularly. Frankly, I was […] +more


four october giveaways!

four october giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea A young mother of two, quilt designer and teacher Heather Jones finds inspiration in the world around her—driving her kids to school, grocery shopping or working around the house. I love that the Mason quilt, found in her new book Quilt Local, was prompted by the grid in a parking lot at a big box […] +more


thoroughly modern laura piggott

thoroughly modern laura piggott

By Patricia Belyea OTTAWA, CANADA  In 2009 Laura Piggott created a quilt for her first baby soon after he was born. Made with modern fabrics and a traditional pattern, Laura followed Elizabeth Hartman tutorials online to learn some patchwork basics. Now interested in quilting, Laura found that none of her friends got excited about quilt designs, fabric patterns […] +more

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