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the quilt sandwich: enjoying the task

the quilt sandwich: enjoying the task

by Patricia Belyea SEATTLE, WA  I don’t have a long-arm and I don’t send my quilts out to be finished. To finish a quilt, I pin baste a quilt sandwich and then stitch it on my domestic sewing machine (DSM). Prepping a quilt sandwich, to me, means that I am moving my project ahead. It’s […] +more


roderick kiracofe and his urban quilt barn

roderick kiracofe and his urban quilt barn

by Patricia Belyea SAN FRANCISCO CA  Roderick Kiracofe, once a quilt dealer, now a quilt collector, beams when he talks about his newest book “Unconventional & Unexpected: American Quilts Below The Radar 1950-2000.” An author who’s written or co-written umpteen books on quilts, Roderick is best known for his tome “The American Quilt, A History of Cloth […] +more


a (short) passage to india

a (short) passage to india

by guest blogger, David Owen Hastings INDIA  I recently took a week-long trip to India. I can’t believe how many people asked, “You’re only going for a week?” but it’s true. I love international travel, but I also love being home, so a week it would be. Next question friends asked, knowing that I love […] +more


cathy erickson: micro + macro

cathy erickson: micro + macro

By Patricia Belyea WASHOUGAL WA  When I visited Cathy Erickson, her yard was brimming with joyous flowers. Were her plants happy as a result of her loving care or the fact that her gardens overlooked the fabulous Columbia River Gorge? Entering Cathy’s spacious suburban home, I got my answer. On the south-side windowsills perched pots of blooming orchids. Now those aren’t something […] +more


eight enigmatic table runners

eight enigmatic table runners

By Patricia Belyea SPOILER: At the end of this post, you’ll learn how to win the eighth table runner. SEATTLE WA  In early January, a mysterious package arrived on my front porch. In the box was a letter from a stranger and eight hand-printed indigo table runners. Sonia Jensen from Wyoming wrote: This is a […] +more


jane belyea: beloved quilter

jane belyea: beloved quilter

By Patricia Belyea   OTTAWA CA  As I grew up, my mom Jane Belyea sewed dresses for me and my four sisters. When we were teens, she switched to needlepoint and knitting. Ten years ago Jane made two colorful twin-bed quilts and since then she hasn’t stopped. “It’s just something I do,” Jane stated. Not one to take classes or gather […] +more


kathy mcneil: winning quilt maker

kathy mcneil: winning quilt maker

By Patricia Belyea   TULALIP WA  My drive to Kathy McNeil’s home took me onto the Tulalip Indian Reservation, just west of Marysville. From the outside, Kathy’s home looked like a rustic Northwest classic overlooking the waters of Puget Sound. Inside, another world awaited me. Across from the front door, a floor-to-ceiling painted dragon gave a welcome […] +more

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