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stashfest 2.0 : bigger & better

stashfest 2.0 : bigger & better

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  In November 2011, the Board of La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum met with an unknown (to them) community volunteer who wanted to create a spring fundraiser. That was me! The Board approved my idea of StashFest although they were a little nervous about the name. And two Board members volunteered to work with me—the amazing […] +more


priscilla knoble—bringing Japanese quilting to all

priscilla knoble—bringing Japanese quilting to all

By guest blogger Priscilla Knoble, founder of Stitch Publications SEATTLE, WA  I was born and raised in Japan. My parents were missionaries. My mom went over to Japan soon after World War II when General Douglas MacArthur made a plea for help with rebuilding the country. (MacArthur was widely respected in Japan as someone who successfully brought about the reconstruction of […] +more


four march giveaways!

four march giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea This month’s giveaway features four fat quarter bundles of Mostly Manor—a quilting cotton collection by Victoria Findlay Wolfe. Each bundle contains 14 fat quarters, valued at $40. The ubiquitous Victoria excels on all fronts of the quilting scene. An educator, author and spokeswoman, Victoria creates award-winning quilts that combine both traditional and modern elements—always with a twist. […] +more


pat pease & wendy hill : creativity duo

pat pease & wendy hill : creativity duo

By Patricia Belyea Being a twin, I know all about sharing. Pat Pease and Wendy Hill, quilt designers, took sharing to a whole new level with their newly released book: Creative Quilt Challenges. The book’s subhead: Take the Challenge to Discover Your Style & Improve Your Design Skills invites readers to explore many different directions […] +more


sōseki natsume : i am a cat

sōseki natsume : i am a cat

By Patricia Belyea OTTAWA CA  Recently in Tokyo, I discovered my new favorite place for browsing and buying—Shibuya Booksellers. This hip shop stocks a gorgeous collection of books, many created in-house by Shibuya Publishing. A delightful portion of the merchandise is thoughtfully curated jewelry, accessories and writing supplies. I chose a book bag with a silkscreened illustration for […] +more


three february giveaways

three february giveaways

By Patricia Belyea This month’s giveaways feature a cyanotype print by Sylvia Pippen, a ball of Presencia No. 8 perle cotton thread and a handmade sashiko needle. Each giveaway is valued at $20 to $25. For the giveaways, Sylvia donated three different cyanotype panels—one with a tsunami wave and linework for sashiko stitching, one with seagulls and linework […] +more


the art of chusen dyeing

the art of chusen dyeing

by Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  Three very special people actualized my dream of visiting a chusen-dyeing factory in Japan. Artist Sanae Naito, a university lecturer and creator of her own chusen-dyed textiles, arranged the tour. Mr Toyoda, a collector of Japanese arts and crafts, joined us. And Mr Abe, the factory owner, welcomed us to his family […] +more

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