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kate t williamson—a year in japan

kate t williamson—a year in japan

By Patricia Belyea GIVEAWAY ALERT: There are two giveaways offered at the end of this post. NEW YORK NY When the used copy of A Year in Japan arrived at my home, I gobbled it up. Author and artist Kate T Williamson filled her book with quirky vignettes and delightful illustrations about life in Japan that truly charmed me. Below is […] +more


janine vangool: fabrics for the creative and curious

janine vangool: fabrics for the creative and curious

By guest blogger Janine Vangool—curator, editor, designer and publisher of UPPERCASE magazine CALGARY AB  I’ve had an eclectic creative career, from working as a freelance graphic designer to teaching to having a line of wholesale greeting cards to sewing products to running my own gallery and bookshop. In 2009, I launched UPPERCASE, a quarterly print […] +more


season evans : on the importance of quilt backs

season evans : on the importance of quilt backs

By guest blogger and quilt maker Season Evans SEATTLE WA  One of the reasons I am drawn to quilts, both in form and function, is their unique ability to tell stories. When I am making a quilt I am always asking myself what I need to tell the whole story. As I am constantly drawn […] +more


cutting edge: art quilts start a fire

cutting edge: art quilts start a fire

By Patricia Belyea TACOMA WA  I made my very first quilt in the summer of 2007. A few months later, with my quilting ardor kindled, I drove to Tacoma to see the Gee’s Bend exhibit at TAM. At the exact same time, there was an art quilt show next door at Washington State History Museum. […] +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


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


yoko saito : leader of taupeism

yoko saito : leader of taupeism

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO, JP  Yoko Saito has emerged as a global quilting leader with her quiet shades of taupe and fastidious attention to detail. If you want to see her at the International Great Quilt Festival in Tokyo this week, head to the Quilt Party booth. There you’ll find Yoko meticulously signing books for a long line-up […] +more

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