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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


man-made at CAFAM

man-made at CAFAM

By Patricia Belyea LOS ANGELES CA  When I was leaving the Man-Made: Contemporary Male Quilters exhibit at Craft & Folk Art Museum, a teacher leading an adult class was starting a tour. He asked the group “Is there anything that indicates to you that these quilts were all made by men.” A wise guy in […] +more


luke haynes: thinking big

luke haynes: thinking big

By Patricia Belyea LOS ANGELES CA  Reading about Luke Haynes’ home on Facebook, I always wondered about its Taj Mah-Haynes nickname. When my Uber ride pulled up to his address, I found myself in front of a palatial edifice that looked like an old power station. Letting myself in with the door code provided via a text message, I was […] +more


marianne burr: magic maker

marianne burr: magic maker

By Patricia Belyea COUPEVILLE WA  Marianne Burr has always been a maker—playing with art supplies as a child and making quilts with stitches today. Marianne was outside when I arrived at her cabin-like home on Whidbey Island. Immediately we headed inside—to a space filled with artwork and charm. Our conversation began across a table on the first floor. Marianne […] +more

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