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grace hawley: born to hawaiian quilt

grace hawley: born to hawaiian quilt

by Patricia Belyea LA CONNER WA  Living on a 3.5 mile-long island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean for over a dozen years sounds a little confining. Or, if you’re Grace Hawley, it’s a perfect place to learn a new skill. Grace took a Hawaiian Quilting adult education class in 1985 and, since then, hasn’t stopped […] +more


caryl bryer fallert-gentry: queen of quilts

caryl bryer fallert-gentry: queen of quilts

by Patricia Belyea PORT TOWNSEND WA  When I arrived at Ron and Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry’s home, I was surprised by the mammoth sculpture emerging in the middle of their circular driveway. Woodcarver Stanley Rill was transforming a 20′ cedar tree stump into an art piece topped with a great blue heron. Originally the tree overwhelmed the whole front of the […] +more


october giveaway

october giveaway

by Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  Elin Noble generously donated this month’s giveaway. Elin, renowned for her dyed panels and exquisite art quilts, won the 2013 Japan Prize at Quilt National. The two-part prize is a piece of luscious cotton dyed using the Japanese itajime shibori technique (25″ x 11″) and a signed copy of her show […] +more


elin noble: ethereal installation

elin noble: ethereal installation

by Patricia Belyea LA CONNER WA  Last Thursday night Elin Noble’s Vox Stellarum, an installation of itajime sihbori-dyed panels, transformed the third floor gallery of La Conner Quilt & Textile Musuem. Floating from the ceiling, 29 double lengths of silk organza created an experiential display shimmering with translucency and opaqueness, overlapping patterns and shifting shapes. Elin explained her itajime dyeing […] +more


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

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