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2017 tokyo quilt festival: part one

2017 tokyo quilt festival: part one

ABOVE: Grand Prix First Prize Winner by Tokiko Yanazawa PART ONE: Traditional Category, Original Design Category, Wa Category By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  Yesterday the International Great Quilt Festival opened at the Tokyo Dome with over 50,000 people attending. The Festival is the largest quilt show in the world—spanning seven days—with an average of 250,000 visitors per year. Exhibitions, competitions, […] +more


sanae naito: contemporary chusen dyer

sanae naito: contemporary chusen dyer

AUTHOR NOTE: Last January, Sanae Naito took me to a chusen-dyeing workshop where I saw cottons being hand dyed using this traditional Japanese process. To see photos of chusen-dyeing, please visit: okanarts.com/chusen-dyeing By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  Artist Sanae Naito came to my hotel early as she had a full-day of chusen-dyeing adventures planned for the day. Our first stop, […] +more


feed sacks :: the colourful history of a frugal fabric

feed sacks :: the colourful history of a frugal fabric

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  Let me explain what I received in my mailbox last week. First there was an unassuming white corrugated box. Inside was a chunky book packaged in a petite feed sack with a paper belly band and an effusive thank-you note. The next layer was a dust cover. By refolding the dust jacket, […] +more


5 probing questions about the joe retreat

5 probing questions about the joe retreat

By Patricia Belyea Union WA  There are many mysteries surrounding The Joe Retreat, the annual quilting retreat with Joe Cunningham and Patricia Belyea, on the Hood Canal in Washington state. The first: why do these people chose to come from across the US and Canada to attend? Joe starts each day with a little talk and […] +more


okan arts leggings for all

okan arts leggings for all

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  My brilliant daughter Victoria orchestrated the complete development of the Okan Arts legging collection at Bombsheller. She led a multi-stepped process to bring her idea to fruition. To start, the 25-year old visited Bombsheller’s office in Seattle to chat with president Pablos and creative director Nick about using vintage Japanese textile designs for a […] +more


denyse schmidt goes retro with stonington collection

denyse schmidt goes retro with stonington collection

by Patricia Belyea Seattle WA / Bridgeport CT  Last week I talked with modern-quilt leader Denyse Schmidt about her current fabric collection, Stonington, offered through FreeSpirit. She reflected on the inspiration for the fabric designs as well as the challenging quilt project she is working on. In the 1970s, Ali MacGraw stole every school girl’s heart with her […] +more


color dash: a fabric collection by heather jones

color dash: a fabric collection by heather jones

By Heather Jones, designer of quilts and fabrics, author, teacher, and speaker CINCINNATI OH It’s so exciting that my first collection of fabric, Color Dash for Robert Kaufman, is starting to make its way out into the world. The fabrics began shipping to independent retailers in September so you will be able to find them in your local […] +more

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