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learning in la conner

learning in la conner

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  Earlier this month I taught an Improv + Curves Workshop in magical La Conner. Just one hour north of Seattle, this historic town overlooks the Swinomish Channel—with the snow-capped Cascade mountains in the distance. OKAN ARTS CURVES WORKSHOP The Workroom in La Conner Country Inn was our choice location. Our […] +more


spring quilt market round-up

spring quilt market round-up

by Patricia Belyea KANSAS CITY MO  My favorite part of Spring Quilt Market is learning what’s new and catching up with industry leaders. Here are some of the folks who participated in this year’s trade-only event: No one sleeps in Tula Pink’s brilliant booth for Free Spirit showing off her Monkey Wrench collection. “They’d better […] +more


four may giveaways!

four may giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea This month Okan Arts is giving away an important tome about art quilting: Art Quilts Unfolding: 50 Years of Innovation, published by Schiffer. With Sandra Sider as editor and contributing authors Nancy Bavor, Lisa Ellis, and Martha Sielman, the book presents every aspect of the art quilt movement. There are four giveaways, […] +more


cracking the Japanese color code

cracking the Japanese color code

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  When Victoria was in Portland a few weeks ago, she picked up a book for me: A Dictionary of Color Combinations. That young lady knows her mother well. Who wouldn’t want a book that reveals what colors look great with one another—from a Japanese perspective! Originally Sanzo Wada (1883-1967), an […] +more


stain removal results: F and A+

stain removal results: F and A+

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  In February 2018, I had a jet-setting moment when I flew down to the Bay Area for one day to attend Julie & Rod’s Incredible Quilt Sale. Quilt dealer Julie Silber and quilt curator Roderick Kirakofe were mounting a huge sale of quilts and quilt tops in a warehouse in […] +more


four april giveaways!

four april giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea This month Okan Arts is giving away a pair of Kai 8″ professional shears, an East-Meets-West Thread Set from Aurifil, and two yards of hand-dyed yukata cotton from Okan Arts. There are four giveaways, each valued at $147. Kai Pro Shears are the sharpest scissors you will ever own. On my quilting […] +more


12wt + 12wt = 6wt

12wt + 12wt = 6wt

By Patricia Belyea There’s a magical sewing machine called Sashiko 2 by Baby Lock that makes dashed stitches amazingly like hand stitching. Here at Okan Arts in Seattle, co-owner Victoria Stone is Queen Of The Machine! Victoria’s favorite thread to use in the machine is Aurifil 12wt. That may seem odd as technically the Sashiko […] +more

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