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a new design studio for bebe bold in france

a new design studio for bebe bold in france

JAPANESE TEXTILE FRIENDS SERIES By guest blogger Sarah MacDonald of BeBe Bold in Europe ARC-ET-SENANS FRANCE  Behind the hills of Byron Bay, on the east coast of Australia is my mum Jane MacDonald’s design studio—a space which celebrates Japanese textiles and crafts, and a place which has grown as an extension of our family home. […] +more


four september giveaways!

four september giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea This month Okan Arts is giving away a bevy of Denyse Schmidt Goodies—her book Denyse Schmidt: Modern Quilts Traditional Inspiration, her popular Free-Wheeling Single Girl Pattern, and her new Free-Wheeling Single Girl Template Set. There are four giveaways, each valued at $91.00. A graphic designer by education, Denyse has led the way with transforming […] +more


not your mother’s thimbles

not your mother’s thimbles

By Patricia Belyea WAUCONDA WA  Many quilters rave about hand stitching—how it relaxes them and brings them so much enjoyment. With this bliss comes a sense of accomplishment with gorgeous, even stitches running through their quilt projects. There are four different elements of hand stitching—the thread, the needle, the thimble, and the stitcher. Today let’s […] +more


susan ball faeder: 100 days of amulets

susan ball faeder: 100 days of amulets

JAPANESE TEXTILE FRIENDS SERIES By guest blogger Susan Ball Faeder of Quilters’ Express To Japan LEWISBURG PA  The 100 Day Project concept originated in 2007—the idea of Michael Beirut, a graphics design teacher at the Yale School of Art, who charged his students to embrace a daily art-making practice. The only restriction was that the action […] +more


seven august giveaways!

seven august giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea This month Okan Arts is giving away Marcia Derse Designer Fabrics by Windham Fabrics—a set of five 7/8 yard pieces. There are seven giveaways, each valued at $52.50. A dynamic and eclectic artist, Marcia Derse brings fresh ideas to quilting cottons. With her Art History: 101 Collection, Marcia playfully developed her fabric […] +more


quest for kimono in kyoto

quest for kimono in kyoto

JAPANESE TEXTILE FRIENDS SERIES By guest blogger Nancy McDonough of Kyoto Kimono ENDICOTT NY  Ohaiyo gozaimasu! Greetings from Upstate New York. When I lived in Kyoto for three years in the mid-1990s, I fell in love with Japanese textiles. Upon my return to the US, I started selling vintage Japanese garments and fabric, as well […] +more


summer reveal

summer reveal

By Patricia Belyea LA CONNER WA  When I post about a summer workshop in La Conner, no one wants to see photos of the picturesque waterfront. Or the pink sunsets. Or the happy group meals. Or the pop-up shop brimming with vintage Japanese textiles. Or the excursion to the local quilt museum. Or the beautiful […] +more

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