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happiness is a designer fabric shop

happiness is a designer fabric shop

by Patricia Belyea OTTAWA, CANADA  A few years back when Curtis Blondin and Carrie Alexander were working at Library & Archives Canada, they longed for a more creative livelihood. Trained as photographers, both enjoyed crafting and sewing. This energetic couple decided to open a shop with all the fabrics that they liked but could only buy online. Two years ago […] +more


updating a classic

updating a classic

by Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  I received this low-to-the-ground chair for my 6oth birthday in July. I was told that it’s a hand-stitching chair — a special chair for a woman who’s working on a needlecraft project. Although it was “love at first sit,” I wasn’t too keen on the drab, needlepoint seat. So I finished […] +more


september giveaway

september giveaway

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  Here’s a giveaway guaranteed to get you exuberant about quirky vintage quilts. Roderick Kiracofe’s newly published book, Unconventional & Unexpected, American Quilts Below The Radar 1950 -2000, packs in 150 photos that show these “ordinary” quilts as extraordinary visual compositions. To accent the collection, the gorgeous coffee-table book includes ten essays from […] +more


the imperfect, the patched, the torn — joy and beauty in these states

the imperfect, the patched, the torn — joy and beauty in these states

by guest blogger Roderick Kiracofe, quilt collector, consultant and author SAN FRANCISCO CA  As I worked on creating my just published book, Unconventional & Unexpected: American Quilts Below The Radar 1950-2000, I thought back to the seven years leading up to the release of The American Quilt in 1993. Although I had an early Apple computer, back then most of […] +more


a quilt in rudyard’s home

a quilt in rudyard’s home

By Patricia Belyea BURWASH UK  The National Trust lists Rudyard Kipling’s house as “a family home” in its promotional brochure. That designation must be in contrast with the castles and monuments in the NT property portfolio. The Kipling home, named Bateman’s, is a sandstone mansion on a 300-acre estate in East Sussex. Yesterday I toured the 16th century country house—still filled with […] +more


karen farmer: my quilting muse

karen farmer: my quilting muse

By Patricia Belyea LONDON, UK  I saw Karen Farmer’s Jitterbug (below L) in a quilting magazine before I started on my commission Family Guy (below R). Once finished, I became so self-conscious about the similarity of our quilts that I emailed Karen in the UK to discuss my concern. Karen replied, “I am so happy that […] +more


more art quilts at the festival!

more art quilts at the festival!

By Patricia Belyea BIRMINGHAM UK  Yesterday afternoon I stewarded at the SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) exhibit at The Festival of Quilts. With over 3000 members worldwide, SAQA offers a high level of support for the professional development of art quilters. As an emerging art quilter, I appreciate many of the benefits of the group. […] +more

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