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100 things i love

100 things i love

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  As we move into a new decade, memories of the past and resolutions for the future filter into our brain bandwidth. Just as importantly, I want to think about what makes me happy. Selfish as it seems, it’s easier to spread happiness when I’m happy myself! In no particular order, […] +more


the joe retreat: the backstory

the joe retreat: the backstory

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  When I met Joe Cunningham, I didn’t know who he was. Joe was in town for a teaching gig at the annual festival for our quilt museum. I was volunteering at the event, taking entry fees at one of the three venues brimming with quilts. I certainly noticed the tall man […] +more


the joe retreat: making mojoe quilts

the joe retreat: making mojoe quilts

By Patricia Belyea UNION WA  Earlier this month, 18 quilters joined Joe Cunningham and me for the last session of The Joe Retreat. Most of the participants were alumnae, coming back for one final week of learning and laughing. The first day Joe assigned a warm-up exercise. The small project included improv piecing with a […] +more


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

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