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yukata cotton devotees

yukata cotton devotees

By Patricia Belyea WAUCONDA WA  At Okan Arts, our big thing is vintage Japanese yukata cottons. We’re crazy about them! The luscious hand-dyed cottons inspire us to make out-of-the-ordinary quilts. And we’re thrilled to share our finds with other adventuresome quilters. Okan Arts sources the cottons from over 30 vendors in Japan—antique shops, vintage warehouses, […] +more


sashiko 2: a hand-stitched look by machine

sashiko 2: a hand-stitched look by machine

By Patricia Belyea PRICE ALERT: Contact patricia@okanarts.com to learn about the Sashiko 2 Stay-At-Home Sale that includes free shipping to your home. Sale pricing valid through May 31, 2020. SEATTLE WA  Many of you know that Victoria and I currently use Baby Lock’s Sashiko 2 to finish our quilts. This one-of-a-kind sewing machine lets us quilt […] +more


daruma experiences a japanese textile tour

daruma experiences a japanese textile tour

By Paricia Belyea JAPAN  Daruma just got back from a whirlwind trip with Okan Arts 2020 Tokyo Quilt Festival & Japanese Textile Tour. The tour started with two days at the Great International Quilt Festival. As much as he appreciated the quilt exhibits, Daruma had lots of fun getting lost in the special exhibits and […] +more


sachiko yoshida :: silk sensei

sachiko yoshida :: silk sensei

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  When I first met Sachiko Yoshida, she was in America. Both Sachiko and Miwako Kimura had brought their students to exhibit their quilts at La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum. The biennial show, in 2012, was organized by Ako Shimozato. I met the whole crew at a Welcome Dinner full […] +more


tokyo quilt festival 2020: details of quilts

tokyo quilt festival 2020: details of quilts

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP Allow me to share detail photos of some of the quilts at this year’s Tokyo Quilt Festival. It’s a delight to be able to get up close to these masterpieces. To see a post with lots of photos of the quilts and special exhibits +click here +more


tokyo quilt festival 2020

tokyo quilt festival 2020

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  The International Great Quilt Festival is immense in so many ways—inspiration, excellence, and delight. What I’m sharing with you here is the tip of the needle of what’s displayed in the vast Tokyo Dome. I do not include the makers of the quilts if their names are only available in […] +more


intentional white space

intentional white space

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  White space is something designers love. It’s the empty space in a composition that creates a focus, as well as allows the eyes to rest. Typically, as quilters, we fill our quilt tops with non-stop visual delights. And we fill up our time with non-stop busyness. Last year, I made a […] +more

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