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february giveaways

february giveaways

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  This month’s giveaways feature Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s newly published book, Double Wedding Ring Quilts, and her Aurifil thread collection. Each giveaway is valued at $125. Four books and thread sets will be given away! In her book, Victoria tells stories about growing up on a Minnesota farm and her adult life as […] +more


okan arts online shop: a family affair

okan arts online shop: a family affair

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  Even I can hardly believe it. The idea of an online shop for Okan Arts’s yukata cottons has become a reality. Quilters and textile lovers all around the world can now access these remarkable fabrics from their homes. We’ve posted 75% of our inventory online and “opened our doors” for business. Two beloved people […] +more


january giveaways

january giveaways

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  Thanks to Jason Yenter of In The Beginning Fabrics, we have two colorful giveaways to start the new year. Each giveaway includes four batiks rolls, each containing five fat quarters (for five yards total!), and a copy of Jason’s book Floragraphix Batik Quilts II. The book includes patterns and complete […] +more


jason yenter: like mother, like son

jason yenter: like mother, like son

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  In 1977, when Jason Yenter was in Grade 1, his mother Sharon opened In The Beginning—a fabric store on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. Located in a 400 square-foot loft space above his grandmother and aunt’s dollhouse shop, the business started small. Over time the store moved twice, with its final 6000 square-foot […] +more


december giveaway

december giveaway

by Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  You’re going to love this month’s giveaway—a copy of Robert Shaw’s newly updated book, American Quilts—The Democratic Art. Robert is The Man when it comes to American arts and crafts, with quilts being one of his specialties. There’s lots to see—over 350 quilts—and lots to read—Robert is a gifted writer. […] +more


robert shaw: the democratic art

robert shaw: the democratic art

by guest blogger Robert Shaw, an American quilt expert, author and dealer. SHELBURNE VT  The subtitle of my recently updated book on American quilts is The Democratic Art. I am not talking about politics here, but “small d” democracy. To my mind, quiltmaking is a quintessentially democratic art, available to almost everyone. Anyone with basic sewing […] +more


a peek at the retreat

a peek at the retreat

By Patricia Belyea UNION WA  Last week, the 2014 Okan Arts Quilt Retreat took over Saint Andrew’s Retreat House on the Hood Canal for the second year in a row. Participants, half alumni, eagerly basked in the magical world of quiltmaker Joe Cunningham. Joe took everyone on a journey back in time to examine traditional […] +more

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