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cracking the Japanese color code

cracking the Japanese color code

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  When Victoria was in Portland a few weeks ago, she picked up a book for me: A Dictionary of Color Combinations. That young lady knows her mother well. Who wouldn’t want a book that reveals what colors look great with one another—from a Japanese perspective! Originally Sanzo Wada (1883-1967), an […] +more


stain removal results: F and A+

stain removal results: F and A+

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  In February 2018, I had a jet-setting moment when I flew down to the Bay Area for one day to attend Julie & Rod’s Incredible Quilt Sale. Quilt dealer Julie Silber and quilt curator Roderick Kirakofe were mounting a huge sale of quilts and quilt tops in a warehouse in […] +more


12wt + 12wt = 6wt

12wt + 12wt = 6wt

By Patricia Belyea There’s a magical sewing machine called Sashiko 2 by Baby Lock that makes dashed stitches amazingly like hand stitching. Here at Okan Arts in Seattle, co-owner Victoria Stone is Queen Of The Machine! Victoria’s favorite thread to use in the machine is Aurifil 12wt. That may seem odd as technically the Sashiko […] +more


the boulder of gold

the boulder of gold

By Patricia Belyea Content Warning This blog post contains nothing about quilting or Japan. WAUCONDA WA  It’s not often that pennies rain down from heaven. That is almost what happened when a boulder bounced down the hillside behind our country home last November. The impact, when the one-ton projectile hit our house, shattered seven logs, […] +more


kit vincent: textile artist

kit vincent: textile artist

By Patricia Belyea OTTAWA ON  I read an article about Kit Vincent in a recent issue of SAQA Journal. Two things immediately caught my attention. The first was that Kit lives in Ottawa—my hometown. The second was her amazing and bold textile art. I vowed to meet Kit on my next trip to Canada’s capital! […] +more


a comfort quilt for mum

a comfort quilt for mum

By Patricia Belyea OTTAWA ON  For my mother’s 92nd birthday, I decided to make a really bright comfort quilt. One that would be perfect for Mum in her wheelchair. I dove into my scrap bin, where I store little bits of solids, to gather fabrics for the project. Sewing the small pieces together, I made […] +more


the first patricia retreat

the first patricia retreat

By Patricia Belyea UNION WA  Earlier this month, ten adventuresome quilters ventured to Harmony Hill Retreat Center for an immersive Inserted Curves experience. Just as everyone enjoyed the Sunday night Welcome Dinner, a magical flurry of snow covered the farm-style campus. Monday and Tuesday were spent inserting curved design elements into 21″ nine-patches. These central […] +more

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