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two weeks of curves

two weeks of curves

By Patricia Belyea LA CONNER WA  What was I thinking when I scheduled two back-to-back, weeklong Curves Workshops? Happily, the experience was a wonderful marathon—with incredible women, non-stop creativity, and lots of shared meals. inserted curves workshop Here are pics of the first project of the workshop. Note how the center of each composition includes […] +more


japontex: quilt exhibit, talk & sale

japontex: quilt exhibit, talk & sale

Get together for a wonderful pre-holiday event with our regional quilting community. Okan Arts and all your favorite La Conner venues will deliver delight and inspiration, as well as great deals! JAPONTEX 2019 Quilt Exhibit, Talk & Sale Saturday, November 23, 2019 La Conner Civic Garden Club 11am to 4pm It’s the Saturday BEFORE Thanksgiving! […] +more


a new design studio for bebe bold in france

a new design studio for bebe bold in france

JAPANESE TEXTILE FRIENDS SERIES By guest blogger Sarah MacDonald of BeBe Bold in Europe ARC-ET-SENANS FRANCE  Behind the hills of Byron Bay, on the east coast of Australia is my mum Jane MacDonald’s design studio—a space which celebrates Japanese textiles and crafts, and a place which has grown as an extension of our family home. […] +more


not your mother’s thimbles

not your mother’s thimbles

By Patricia Belyea WAUCONDA WA  Many quilters rave about hand stitching—how it relaxes them and brings them so much enjoyment. With this bliss comes a sense of accomplishment with gorgeous, even stitches running through their quilt projects. There are four different elements of hand stitching—the thread, the needle, the thimble, and the stitcher. Today let’s […] +more


susan ball faeder: 100 days of amulets

susan ball faeder: 100 days of amulets

JAPANESE TEXTILE FRIENDS SERIES By guest blogger Susan Ball Faeder of Quilters’ Express To Japan LEWISBURG PA  The 100 Day Project concept originated in 2007—the idea of Michael Beirut, a graphics design teacher at the Yale School of Art, who charged his students to embrace a daily art-making practice. The only restriction was that the action […] +more


quest for kimono in kyoto

quest for kimono in kyoto

JAPANESE TEXTILE FRIENDS SERIES By guest blogger Nancy McDonough of Kyoto Kimono ENDICOTT NY  Ohaiyo gozaimasu! Greetings from Upstate New York. When I lived in Kyoto for three years in the mid-1990s, I fell in love with Japanese textiles. Upon my return to the US, I started selling vintage Japanese garments and fabric, as well […] +more


summer reveal

summer reveal

By Patricia Belyea LA CONNER WA  When I post about a summer workshop in La Conner, no one wants to see photos of the picturesque waterfront. Or the pink sunsets. Or the happy group meals. Or the pop-up shop brimming with vintage Japanese textiles. Or the excursion to the local quilt museum. Or the beautiful […] +more

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