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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


heather jones: quilt local

heather jones: quilt local

By guest blogger Heather Jones, author, speaker and teacher CININNATI, OH  My first solo book, Quilt Local: Finding Inspiration in the Everyday, is quite honestly a labor of love. I was first approached about five years ago to write a book at a time when I was just starting to quilt regularly. Frankly, I was […] +more


four october giveaways!

four october giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea A young mother of two, quilt designer and teacher Heather Jones finds inspiration in the world around her—driving her kids to school, grocery shopping or working around the house. I love that the Mason quilt, found in her new book Quilt Local, was prompted by the grid in a parking lot at a big box […] +more


thoroughly modern laura piggott

thoroughly modern laura piggott

By Patricia Belyea OTTAWA, CANADA  In 2009 Laura Piggott created a quilt for her first baby soon after he was born. Made with modern fabrics and a traditional pattern, Laura followed Elizabeth Hartman tutorials online to learn some patchwork basics. Now interested in quilting, Laura found that none of her friends got excited about quilt designs, fabric patterns […] +more


four september giveaways!

four september giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  What happens when a PhD scholar in classical archaeology changes direction and takes up quilting? Meet Amanda Leins (Mandy to you) whose love of aqueducts, ancient mosaics and temple steps inspires ten quilt projects in her new book, Wanderlust Quilts. Mandy, a world traveller, starts every project with stories and photos. […] +more


amy katoh: boro collector

amy katoh: boro collector

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  Back in January 2010, I travelled to Tokyo to experience the International Great Quilt Festival. My list of “must-sees” included Blue & White, the beloved shop of Amy Katoh. Amy’s petite emporium, in the Azabu Juban district, offers a curated collection of Japanese arts and crafts. Good fortune shone on me as […] +more


joe cunningham: the story of “missed”

joe cunningham: the story of “missed”

By guest blogger Joe Cunningham—quilt maker, author, speaker and teacher. SAN FRANCISCO CA  A few months ago I saw footage of some ISIS soldiers attacking the art in the palace of Nimrud, the Assyrian capital from 3,000 years ago. I found it so sad and upsetting that some people think that destroying our world cultural heritage […] +more

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