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four october giveaways!

four october giveaways!

And now for the moment I’ve been waiting for. My book released today! This month’s giveaway features my book East-Meets-West Quilts: Explore Improv with Japanese-Inspired Designs! Plus the Aurifil East-Meets-West Thread Set. Plus one yard of vintage Japanese yukata cotton. There are four October giveaways—each valued at $94. The book shows you how to combine […] +more


welcome back, victoria!

welcome back, victoria!

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  Last Spring I wrote that my enthusiastic and innovative youngest daughter, Victoria Stone, was leaving Okan Arts as a part-time employee to pursue other interests. That change did not last long! Recognizing that Victoria’s personal strengths were a perfect fit for the future of Okan Arts, Michael and I made […] +more


the world’s best hot water bottle

the world’s best hot water bottle

By Patricia Belyea Last January I visited Bryan Whitehead in the small town of Fujino, Japan, on a clear day. The weather made for a spectacular view of Mount Fuji on the drive from the village train station to Bryan’s silk farmhouse. It also made for bitterly cold temperatures. Bryan, Canadian by birth, has spent […] +more


four september giveaways!

four september giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea This month’s giveaway features a book that I have been waiting for—Cotton & Indigo from Japan by Teresa Duryea Wong! There are four September giveaways—each valued at $35. A quilter from Texas, Teresa takes us on a journey to meet top fabric designers and quilters in Japan, then to the fields where […] +more


a straight answer about straight pins

a straight answer about straight pins

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  The Supply List for my Doodle Piecing Workshop includes “fine pins” as one of the things to bring. What does that mean? Students have arrived with pins as fine as butterfly antennae and pins as chunky as little nails. When I was at Quilt Market in St. Louis this May, […] +more


four back-to-school giveaways

four back-to-school giveaways

This back-to-school giveaway features the book The Quilts of Gee’s Bend by Susan Goodman Rubin. There are four giveaways—each valued at $22. The story of the Gee’s Bend Quilters is well-known. Descended from slaves, they survived as tenant farmers working a stubby peninsula of land in the Alabama River. Six days a week they toiled and on […] +more


a quilt for nora

a quilt for nora

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  Plymouth Piecemakers makes quilts for newborn babies and high school seniors at Plymouth Congregational Church. The group was founded by quilting guru Maurine Noble who taught many quilters how to free-motion quilt in the 1990s and 2000s. As a member of Plymouth Piecemakers, my assignment this year was to make […] +more

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