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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


october curves

october curves

By Patricia Belyea LA CONNER WA  This year a Fall session was added to the Yukata Quilting Workshop schedule. Students came from Hawaii, California, Washington state, and Oregon. Working together for four full days, curves gracefully emerged on every design wall. When you take a peek at the student projects, note that quilters often work […] +more


four october giveaways!

four october giveaways!

And now for the moment I’ve been waiting for. My book released today! This month’s giveaway features my book East-Meets-West Quilts: Explore Improv with Japanese-Inspired Designs! Plus the Aurifil East-Meets-West Thread Set. Plus one yard of vintage Japanese yukata cotton. There are four October giveaways—each valued at $94. The book shows you how to combine […] +more


welcome back, victoria!

welcome back, victoria!

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  Last Spring I wrote that my enthusiastic and innovative youngest daughter, Victoria Stone, was leaving Okan Arts as a part-time employee to pursue other interests. That change did not last long! Recognizing that Victoria’s personal strengths were a perfect fit for the future of Okan Arts, Michael and I made […] +more


the world’s best hot water bottle

the world’s best hot water bottle

By Patricia Belyea Last January I visited Bryan Whitehead in the small town of Fujino, Japan, on a clear day. The weather made for a spectacular view of Mount Fuji on the drive from the village train station to Bryan’s silk farmhouse. It also made for bitterly cold temperatures. Bryan, Canadian by birth, has spent […] +more


four september giveaways!

four september giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea This month’s giveaway features a book that I have been waiting for—Cotton & Indigo from Japan by Teresa Duryea Wong! There are four September giveaways—each valued at $35. A quilter from Texas, Teresa takes us on a journey to meet top fabric designers and quilters in Japan, then to the fields where […] +more

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