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four july giveaways!

four july giveaways!

This month’s giveaway features Casey York’s new fabric collection FinelSpun, produced by Studio 37 of Marcus Fabrics. There are four July giveaways—FinelSpun fat-quarter bundles, each valued at $80. Although FinelSpun is Casey’s first fabric collection, she is well known in the modern quilt movement for her custom quilt designs, books on applique, patterns, speaking, and teaching. […] +more


casey york: art historian + fabric designer

casey york: art historian + fabric designer

  By Casey York PhD, Guest Blogger ST LOUIS MO Hi, I’m Casey of Casey York Design. I had the pleasure of meeting Patricia Belyea of Okan Arts at Spring Quilt Market in my current home city of St. Louis. She wanted to hear from a new fabric designer and invited me to introduce Fine|Spun, […] +more


sri: japanese folk textile gallery

sri: japanese folk textile gallery

By Patricia Belyea BROOKLYN NY  After 30 seconds, had I seen everything in Stephen Szczepanek’s Sri gallery?  Yes and no. In one spin, I saw the physical space. Yet when I left two hours later, I had just begun to uncover the treasures in Stephen’s thoughtfully curated collection of vintage and antique Japanese folk textiles. […] +more


a special request to you

a special request to you

By Patricia  Belyea Last Fall I learned that a family friend had been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Knowing that every day my friend’s muscles were weakening and slowly wasting away until total paralysis takes over horrified me. All the more terrifying is the fact that her brain will not fail and she will be […] +more


four june giveaways!

four june giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea This month’s giveaway features Bill Volckening’s new book Modern Roots, published by C&T’s Stash Books division. There are four giveaways—each valued at $28. Bill is known for his extensive quilt collection that he has amassed in the last three decades. The newly opened exhibit at International Quilt Study Center, Off The Grid, features Bill’s quilts […] +more


workshop wonders

workshop wonders

By Patricia Belyea LA CONNER WA  All the women who gathered for the May 2017 Yukata Quilting Workshop in La Conner were alums. Each one had participated in one or two earlier Workshops and came back for more! This May’s Workshop, from a Sunday night to a Friday morn, offered a time to learn something new—curved piecing, beginning and […] +more


bill volckening: insatiable quilt guy

bill volckening: insatiable quilt guy

By Patricia Belyea PORTLAND OR  For Bill Volckening, the have-to-have-quilt urge began when he was a college student in New York City. He attended a private showing of quilts for sale hosted by Shelly Zegart, delved into his living allowance, and bought a historic New York Beauty. Now, almost 30 years later, Bill lives on the opposite coast in a […] +more

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