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a fidget quilt for mom

a fidget quilt for mom

By Patricia Belyea OTTAWA CA  Today is my mother’s 90th birthday. Her brain has become quite frayed so I made her a fidget quilt. In early January I found two naval-officer epaulettes ($3 each) at the Ballyhoo Curiosity Shop in Ballard. My father was a commander in the Canadian Navy hence my mom was a naval officer’s wife […] +more


no-sweat tokyo travel tips

no-sweat tokyo travel tips

By Patricia Belyea I encourage you to grab a buddy and travel to Tokyo. Buy a plane ticket, order yen from your bank, and pack your bags. It’s time to head to the most populated city in the world! before you go JR Rail Pass If you’re traveling outside of Tokyo on your trip, it’s […] +more


japan’s newest textile artists

japan’s newest textile artists

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  Take a look these remarkable textile works installed in the lobby of a swank Tokyo office tower. Some of the artists are also shown with their work. These are the final projects of graduate students from Joshibi University of Art and Design with study concentrations in textiles. In speaking with these young women […] +more


2017 tokyo quilt festival: part four

2017 tokyo quilt festival: part four

ABOVE: Detail of quilt by Yoko Saito PART FOUR: Yoko Saito Retrospective, Grand Prix Winners By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  I have saved the best until the last! Let’s start with the Yoko Saito Retrospective. Known as the founder of Taupeism, Yoko Saito started her quilting journey emulating traditional American quilt designs. Ultimately she found her true […] +more


2017 tokyo quilt festival: part three

2017 tokyo quilt festival: part three

ABOVE: Field mice from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz feature project PART THREE: Special Exhibits, Historic Textiles By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  Japanese quilt artist Reiko Washizawa and her group produced this year’s feature project: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Dorothy and Toto landed in a magical place filled with fields of poppies, flying monkeys, and a wizard in […] +more


2017 tokyo quilt festival: part two

2017 tokyo quilt festival: part two

ABOVE: Quilt sensei (teacher) Sachiko Yoshida PART TWO: Invitational Flower Story Exhibit, Bag Category, Partnership Quilts By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  An important exhibit at Tokyo Quilt Festival every year is an invitational show of major Japanese quilt artists. The theme for the new works was The Season Flower Story. Regretfully the backdrop for this […] +more


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

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