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heidi gustafson—ore whisperer

heidi gustafson—ore whisperer

By Patricia Belyea EVERSON WA  Where can you find a creative spark? Spend time with people who are unabashedly passionate about what they do! Visiting artist Heidi Gustafson at her hideaway cabin near the Canadian border completely invigorated me. Heidi is crazy about iron oxides. She collects this mineral from the ground and spends time—lots […] +more


smiles at the joe retreat

smiles at the joe retreat

By Patricia Belyea UNION WA  What makes a person smile? A true smile means that the person is living in the moment. And that’s what 16 people experienced as they dove into their quilt assignments at The Joe Retreat in early February. Led by Joe Cunningham, the Retreat at the picturesque Hood Canal stretched from […] +more


four february giveaways!

four february giveaways!

This month’s giveaway features lovely sewing supplies provided by Quilting Foxes—three fat quarters of Japanese fabric, an owl noren panel, and a skein of sashiko thread. There are four giveaways, each valued at $55. Two of the fat quarters are printed with traditional motifs—ocean waves and colorful dragonflies. The third fat quarter is a stripe […] +more


navigating narita

navigating narita

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  When you travel to Japan, your likely entry point will be Narita (NRT)—an international airport almost 50 miles from Tokyo. After your long flight, here are some tips for getting through the airport and on your way. In-Flight Tips Do not even think about taking any fresh food into Japan. […] +more


the new blue & white

the new blue & white

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  What’s new at Blue & White, Amy Katoh’s beloved shop in Tokyo? Its location is the biggest change. For over 35 years, Blue & White was tucked into a small storefront on Azabu Juban in Minato City. As of last April, the 2.0 version of Blue & White opened one building […] +more


2018 tokyo quilt festival—details

2018 tokyo quilt festival—details

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  As a postscript to my reports about this year’s Tokyo Quilt Festival, I’m sharing macro shots of some of the amazing quilts. Of course, the overall composition of each quilt deserves attention. But every seam and every stitch make up the whole. By focusing on minute details, we see how […] +more


2018 tokyo quilt festival—special exhibits

2018 tokyo quilt festival—special exhibits

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  Every year Tokyo Quilt Festival wows with its special exhibits. This year is no exception! in praise of molas—fumiko nakayama Fumiko Nakayama’s lifetime commitment to molas—the art form of the Guna people in Panama—takes reverse applique´ to celestial heights. This featured artist exhibit includes the complete works of Sensei Nakayama […] +more

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