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getting messy at the festival

getting messy at the festival

By Patricia Belyea BIRMINGHAM UK  Virtual Studio at The Festival of Quilts impressed me completely. It allowed the quilting public to watch textile artists at work and ask as many questions as they wanted. Leslie Morgan (top) and Claire Benn (bottom), who lead Committed To Cloth, set up the temporary wet studio at The Festival. C2C’s “real studio” […] +more


lots to see at the festival

lots to see at the festival

by Patricia Belyea BIRMINGHAM UK  I have been getting requests to send photos of all the quilts at The Festival of Quilts. Of course, that would be impossible because there are SO MANY. So here’s a curated compilation of what caught my eye. Let’s start with the Fine Art Quilt Masters. Weathered posters and flaking paint […] +more


fashion at the festival

fashion at the festival

by Patricia Belyea BIRMINGHAM UK  At 5pm tonight, The Festival of Quilts Fashion Show began with a glass of wine for all in the theatre that seats 400. Wendy Gardiner (L) welcomed us to the Show and Brenda Killigrew (R) emceed the exciting event. The garments, made by Festival tutors, British fashion students and designers […] +more


let the show begin

let the show begin

by Patricia Belyea BIRMINGHAM UK  The eve before The Festival of Quilts, I happened across the opening of the European Art Quilt Foundation’s 2014 show. What an amazing opportunity for me! I met the leaders of the organization and many of the art quilters whose work is in the show. After the opening, I joined the […] +more


august 2014 giveaway

august 2014 giveaway

by Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  This month’s giveaway is five yards of vintage Japanese yukata cotton. These fabrics were hand-dyed about forty years ago and are still in excellent shape. The theme of these five fabrics is indigo and white with a splash of color. The three geometrics would have been made into men’s yukatas. The […] +more


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

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