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gail harker: a creative powerhouse

gail harker: a creative powerhouse

By Patricia Belyea   LA CONNER WA  Gail Harker is a petite gal with a very large mission. For a woman who could be sitting on her laurels, Gail leads a nationally recognized educational center that celebrates art and stitch. Knowing Gail is a graduate of London CIty & Guilds Institute, I assumed she’s British. When […] +more


the saga of two stains

the saga of two stains

By Patricia Belyea   SEATTLE WA  I’m embarrassed to say that I recently got ballpoint ink on two important quilt projects. How? In the name of economic efficiency, I made a change to my stitch pattern transfer process. Then, with all my gear out, it was time efficient to transfer patterns to two, not one, […] +more


counterintuitive fun

counterintuitive fun

By Patricia Belyea   SEATTLE WA  Today, while winds blew high and hail pelleted down, students stayed warm and cosy at Okan Arts Shop. The lesson of the day was Counterintuitive Piecing—making a quilt top in the exact opposite way as generally prescribed. We cut up fabrics with scissors and sewed them back together—creating slightly […] +more


binary quilts in kaffe land

binary quilts in kaffe land

By Patricia Belyea   SEATTLE / VASHON WA  Yesterday was bursting with quilting activities and enthusiasm. Three quilting newbies spent the day learning how to freemotion quilt at Okan Arts Shop. All naturals, Louise, Amy and David, proceeded from no knowledge to proficiency in seven short hours. Once the class was over, I flew to […] +more


making memories

making memories

By Patricia Belyea   SEATTLE WA  My niece Sarah committed herself to making her Christmas presents this year. This included knitting a scarf, cooking up GF granola bars that completely mimicked Kind Bars, concocting tea blends, mixing up body scrubs and bath salts, and sewing bow ties for all the men in the family—plus her […] +more


the magic of Christmas

the magic of Christmas

By Patricia Belyea   SEATTLE WA  It was wonderful to experience the anticipation of Christmas with an eight-year old this holiday season. Hannah Mae, the daughter of my good friend Naomi, visited for a day and made presents for all her family members at Okan Arts Shop. To sew on the big Bernina, we propped […] +more


napkinmania

napkinmania

By Patricia Belyea   SEATTLE WA  ’T was ten days before Christmas, when all through the shop—everything was ready for last-minute Make & Take gift making: new needles in all the machines, the iron ready for action and hot drinks in the thermoses. I prepped four easy projects for guests to make—mix-and-match napkins, a table runner, […] +more

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