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the joe retreat: session one

the joe retreat: session one

By Patricia Belyea I am reporting on much happiness on one of the saddest days of all time. Two truths—one good and one horrendous happening in two special places. It is all hard to comprehend. HOOD CANAL, WA  Seventeen quilters (plus two amazing husbands) gathered at Saint Andrew’s for a five-day retreat with Joe Cunningham and me. […] +more


sue spargo : global folk artist

sue spargo : global folk artist

By guest blogger Sue Spargo—folk artist, author, quilter, author, speaker and teacher. UNIONTOWN OH I feel fortunate to have experienced many different cultures in my life. My parents gave me traveling shoes—in their early twenties they packed up their home in England and ventured to the bush in Zambia, Africa, where I was born. From there […] +more


four november giveaways!

four november giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea It’s impossible not to fall in love with Sue Spargo’s stitched quilt creations. Jennifer Keltner, publisher at Martingale, well knew this when she gave the go-ahead for Sue’s newest book: a coffee-table extravaganza of embellished folk-art quilts. This month’s giveaway features Sue’s book: Stitches to Savor, A Celebration of Designs by Sue Spargo. The book presents twelve […] +more


local inspiration

local inspiration

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  I love how Heather Jones extracted a fab quilt design from the parking lot of a local big box store—a place she’d visited many times before. One day, blam, she recognized the power and simplicity of the painted grid and made her gorgeous Mason Quilts (above). In her new book, Quilt […] +more


joe cunningham: freedom seeker

joe cunningham: freedom seeker

By Patricia Belyea SAN FRANCISCO CA  For once I was in the City of Lights at the same time as quilting luminary Joe Cunningham. To visit Joe at his studio south of Market Street, I passed through a locked gate, crossed a small concrete courtyard, and climbed a few wooden steps to enter a workspace he shares with painter Gwen […] +more


found/made : titillating

found/made : titillating

By Patricia Belyea SAN JOSE CA  The unexpected installations of quilts at Found/Made, the current exhibit at San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, sends a message to visitors: “Hang onto your hats! This is no traditional quilt show.” I visited the exhibit with quilting pal Joe Cunningham on a sunny California day. The Museum’s curator of […] +more


kitty pippen: still great at 95

kitty pippen: still great at 95

By Patricia Belyea LA CONNER WA  How often do we get to meet a living legend? That was my joy when I visited Kitty Pippen, and her husband Eldon, at their retirement residence in historic La Conner. This charming couple, now married 72 years, live in a bright, two-bedroom, corner apartment. When I arrived, the apartment […] +more

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