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december giveaway

december giveaway

by Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  You’re going to love this month’s giveaway—a copy of Robert Shaw’s newly updated book, American Quilts—The Democratic Art. Robert is The Man when it comes to American arts and crafts, with quilts being one of his specialties. There’s lots to see—over 350 quilts—and lots to read—Robert is a gifted writer. […] +more


robert shaw: the democratic art

robert shaw: the democratic art

by guest blogger Robert Shaw, an American quilt expert, author and dealer. SHELBURNE VT  The subtitle of my recently updated book on American quilts is The Democratic Art. I am not talking about politics here, but “small d” democracy. To my mind, quiltmaking is a quintessentially democratic art, available to almost everyone. Anyone with basic sewing […] +more


a peek at the retreat

a peek at the retreat

By Patricia Belyea UNION WA  Last week, the 2014 Okan Arts Quilt Retreat took over Saint Andrew’s Retreat House on the Hood Canal for the second year in a row. Participants, half alumni, eagerly basked in the magical world of quiltmaker Joe Cunningham. Joe took everyone on a journey back in time to examine traditional […] +more


november giveaway

november giveaway

by Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  This month’s two-part giveaway is a throw-sized package of Silk Batting from Hobbs Tuscany Collection and one yard of vintage Japanese yukata cotton with a bird of paradise flower pattern. I love silk batting for three reasons: 1/ It’s light as angel wings—perfect for someone who says that quilts are too […] +more


creativity: it grows on trees

creativity: it grows on trees

by guest blogger Joe Cunningham (aka Joe The Quilter) SAN FRANCISCO CA  If you make things, people will often say to you: “Oh, you are so creative. I could never do that.” I understand. Sometimes I feel like saying to my wife, the dancer turned Pilates trainer: “Oh, you are so physical. I could never do that.” Well, […] +more


grace hawley: born to hawaiian quilt

grace hawley: born to hawaiian quilt

by Patricia Belyea LA CONNER WA  Living on a 3.5 mile-long island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean for over a dozen years sounds a little confining. Or, if you’re Grace Hawley, it’s a perfect place to learn a new skill. Grace took a Hawaiian Quilting adult education class in 1985 and, since then, hasn’t stopped […] +more


caryl bryer fallert-gentry: queen of quilts

caryl bryer fallert-gentry: queen of quilts

by Patricia Belyea PORT TOWNSEND WA  When I arrived at Ron and Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry’s home, I was surprised by the mammoth sculpture emerging in the middle of their circular driveway. Woodcarver Stanley Rill was transforming a 20′ cedar tree stump into an art piece topped with a great blue heron. Originally the tree overwhelmed the whole front of the […] +more

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