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a (short) passage to india

a (short) passage to india

by guest blogger, David Owen Hastings INDIA  I recently took a week-long trip to India. I can’t believe how many people asked, “You’re only going for a week?” but it’s true. I love international travel, but I also love being home, so a week it would be. Next question friends asked, knowing that I love […] +more


cathy erickson: micro + macro

cathy erickson: micro + macro

By Patricia Belyea WASHOUGAL WA  When I visited Cathy Erickson, her yard was brimming with joyous flowers. Were her plants happy as a result of her loving care or the fact that her gardens overlooked the fabulous Columbia River Gorge? Entering Cathy’s spacious suburban home, I got my answer. On the south-side windowsills perched pots of blooming orchids. Now those aren’t something […] +more


eight enigmatic table runners

eight enigmatic table runners

By Patricia Belyea SPOILER: At the end of this post, you’ll learn how to win the eighth table runner. SEATTLE WA  In early January, a mysterious package arrived on my front porch. In the box was a letter from a stranger and eight hand-printed indigo table runners. Sonia Jensen from Wyoming wrote: This is a […] +more


jane belyea: beloved quilter

jane belyea: beloved quilter

By Patricia Belyea   OTTAWA CA  As I grew up, my mom Jane Belyea sewed dresses for me and my four sisters. When we were teens, she switched to needlepoint and knitting. Ten years ago Jane made two colorful twin-bed quilts and since then she hasn’t stopped. “It’s just something I do,” Jane stated. Not one to take classes or gather […] +more


kathy mcneil: winning quilt maker

kathy mcneil: winning quilt maker

By Patricia Belyea   TULALIP WA  My drive to Kathy McNeil’s home took me onto the Tulalip Indian Reservation, just west of Marysville. From the outside, Kathy’s home looked like a rustic Northwest classic overlooking the waters of Puget Sound. Inside, another world awaited me. Across from the front door, a floor-to-ceiling painted dragon gave a welcome […] +more


ann darling: non-stop irresistible

ann darling: non-stop irresistible

By Patricia Belyea   TACOMA WA  Ann Darling charmed me from the moment I met her at the October meeting of Surface Design Association. Tall and stately with a trace of an Australian accent, Ann radiated an exotic aura. Once I got to know her, Ann seemed more like an overgrown kid full of curiosity and […] +more


the CQA collection: fantastic fabrics

the CQA collection: fantastic fabrics

By Patricia Belyea   SEATTLE WA  The January meeting of Contemporary QuiltArt Association convened in one of the classrooms at Bellevue Art Museum. A bevy of grown women played around with colors and fabrics—silk screening, shibori dyeing, drawing with colored pencils, designing with stencils and paints sticks, and die cutting. In one day CQA members, […] +more