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2018 tokyo quilt festival—quilt exhibits

2018 tokyo quilt festival—quilt exhibits

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP Three days after a traffic-stopping snowstorm hit the most populated city in the world, the Tokyo Quilt Festival opened its doors. Here are oodles of photos from Opening Day so you can vicariously tour the show floor. NOTE: This is only a thimbleful of the quilts exhibited! Most of the […] +more


quilt rejects

quilt rejects

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  As I created all the quilts for East-Meets-West Quilts, the book continually evolved. Over a three-year period, I made 24 quilts. Seventeen are included in the book. I thought you might enjoy checking out the unpublished ones. happi 48″ x 48″ This quilt has a complicated story. It was made […] +more


la conner’s new stitch shop

la conner’s new stitch shop

By Patricia Belyea LA CONNER WA  Newly opened Indigo Stitch takes the cake as a specialty shop. Everything about it is special! Owner and quilter extraordinaire Sylvia Pippen filled Indigo Stitch with her signature products—stitch and appliqué kits, BOM projects, sashiko supplies, solid cottons, books, notions and more. A nationally recognized teacher, Sylvia combines hand appliqué, contemporary and traditional […] +more


thankful for joe

thankful for joe

By Patricia Belyea UNION WA Every November, intrepid quilters trek to the Hood Canal to spend a week working with Joe Cunningham. For this year’s session of The Joe Retreat, one traveled from Australia, another from Florida. Fifteen more came from various locales in the US. What’s the big deal? It’s Joe, a maker of quilts […] +more


four holiday giveaways!

four holiday giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea For the holidays, Okan Arts is featuring a giveaway with wonderful socks by This Night. Designed by owner Kate T. Williamson, these socks are inspired by a year spent studying art in Kyoto and Kate’s life-long love of socks. There are four pairs of socks for this giveaway—each valued at $17 – […] +more


iron quilter challenge: two hours = six quilts

iron quilter challenge: two hours = six quilts

By Patricia Belyea HOUSTON TX  Being a solitary and plodding quilter, I loved Iron Quilter Challenge—a fast-paced spectator sport—on the Monday night of Quilt Festival. Six teams of five, led by a quilting celebrity, were given seven yards of fabric and two hours to complete a quilt top. Due to a mix-up in timing, I […] +more


my market moments

my market moments

By Patricia Belyea HOUSTON TX  Everyone experiences Fall Quilt Market differently. For me, I saw the whole event through the eyes of a Fall Market neophyte and a busy new author. I had a full schedule with a Schoolhouse session, a class, book signings, and demos. Being a featured guest in a booth and having quilt […] +more

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