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remembering our angels

remembering our angels

by Patricia Belyea WAUCONDA WA  If I hadn’t met Maurine Noble, I doubt I would have become a quilter. Let alone a full-time quilter. Or, amazingly, the president of Contemporary QuiltArt Association. Over five decades ago, Maurine graduated with a home economics degree from the University of Oregon. Her passion was sewing and she loved […] +more


july 2014 giveaway

july 2014 giveaway

by Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  Two factors influence my choice of batting: Performance  I use battings that are easy to stitch—by machine or hand. Many of my quilts are stitched-in-the-ditch by machine, and then hand quilted with a big needle and heavy No 8 perle cotton thread. The Look  I’m a low-loft kind of quilter as I […] +more


summertime pop-up

summertime pop-up

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  Once again I have to thank my family for helping me. Yesterday my youngest daughter Victoria schlepped bins, styled Japanese props, prepped food platters and generally made everything happen to create a wonderful pop-up shop at The Quilting Loft. Then she disappeared once the grand opening event began—slipping away for a […] +more


the quilt sandwich: enjoying the task

the quilt sandwich: enjoying the task

by Patricia Belyea SEATTLE, WA  I don’t have a long-arm and I don’t send my quilts out to be finished. To finish a quilt, I pin baste a quilt sandwich and then stitch it on my domestic sewing machine (DSM). Prepping a quilt sandwich, to me, means that I am moving my project ahead. It’s […] +more


roderick kiracofe and his urban quilt barn

roderick kiracofe and his urban quilt barn

by Patricia Belyea SAN FRANCISCO CA  Roderick Kiracofe, once a quilt dealer, now a quilt collector, beams when he talks about his newest book “Unconventional & Unexpected: American Quilts Below The Radar 1950-2000.” An author who’s written or co-written umpteen books on quilts, Roderick is best known for his tome “The American Quilt, A History of Cloth […] +more


a (short) passage to india

a (short) passage to india

by guest blogger, David Owen Hastings INDIA  I recently took a week-long trip to India. I can’t believe how many people asked, “You’re only going for a week?” but it’s true. I love international travel, but I also love being home, so a week it would be. Next question friends asked, knowing that I love […] +more


cathy erickson: micro + macro

cathy erickson: micro + macro

By Patricia Belyea WASHOUGAL WA  When I visited Cathy Erickson, her yard was brimming with joyous flowers. Were her plants happy as a result of her loving care or the fact that her gardens overlooked the fabulous Columbia River Gorge? Entering Cathy’s spacious suburban home, I got my answer. On the south-side windowsills perched pots of blooming orchids. Now those aren’t something […] +more

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