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ayako miyawaki: inventive stitcher

ayako miyawaki: inventive stitcher

By Patricia Belyea I learned about Ayako Miyawaki (1905-1995) from an exhibition catalog of her textile art printed in 1988. The catalog introduction states: In 1945, at the age of 40, she began in an outburst of spontaneity and vitality to produce applique works out of rags, a material which she found in her everyday […] +more


four july giveaways!

four july giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  This month, each giveaway pairs two vintage Japanese yukata cottons from Okan Arts with a designer thread set from Aurifil. Four fabric / thread sets will be given away! Each giveaway is valued at $75. The yukata cottons measure approximately 14″ wide and one yard long. The small thread sets contain ten spools—50wt cotton, 220 […] +more


julie paschkis: folksy storyteller

julie paschkis: folksy storyteller

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  Arriving at Julie Paschkis’ home at the north end of Seattle, a charming gate covered with grape vines greeted me. Everywhere snippets of art played in the sunshine. Julie, author/illustrator as well as textile designer/quilter, met me in the garden. Entering through the dining room, Julie and I paused in the kitchen […] +more


grad quilt: here comes the sun

grad quilt: here comes the sun

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  Carson Thomas’ parents chose a flannel nightgown to include in her high school graduation quilt. The nightgown, decorated with dancing cats and dogs, went down to Carson’s ankles when she first received it. Seven years later Carson still wore it—as a mini-nightgown. Pairing the novelty flannel with colorful solids and patterned fabric, I freely created […] +more


four june giveaways

four june giveaways

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  This month’s giveaway features a roll of Color Theory from In the Beginning Fabrics and a Rotary Blade Sharpener from Colonial Needle. Four fabric / sharpener sets will be given away! Each giveaway is valued at $80. The rolled fabric measures 5″ high and the full width of the bolt—approximately 3.5 yards of cotton […] +more


yukata quilting workshop: mavericks at play

yukata quilting workshop: mavericks at play

By Patricia Belyea LA CONNER WA  Last week, nine “fabjous” ladies gathered in the Northwest quilting capital for a workshop focusing on creativity and curves. All with different levels of quilting expertise, the participants shared an openness for new piecing ideas and an interest in Japanese textiles—plus a willingness to listen to my guidance! La Conner Country Inn […] +more


four may giveaways

four may giveaways

by Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  This month’s giveaway features a roll of 21 Modern Solids from In the Beginning Fabrics and a package of Hobbs Tuscany Collection wool batting. Four fabric / batting sets will be given away! Each giveaway is valued at $80. These giveaways are going to take big boxes to ship! The fabric rolls measure […] +more

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