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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


exploring old tokyo

exploring old tokyo

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  The Shitamachi Museum, overlooking Shinobazu Pond in Ueno Park, caught my fancy on this trip. Upon paying the ¥300 museum fee, my friend Hala and I were welcomed by an English-speaking guide. Misuki totally enriched our visit to this lively historic museum! The first floor displayed a Tokyo neighborhood from […] +more


2019 tokyo quilt festival: details

2019 tokyo quilt festival: details

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  There are two major aspects to quilt design—the overall composition and the close-up details. Here’s a post filled with only the eye-candy of quilt details for this year’s Tokyo Quilt Festival. Enjoy! [The above quilt is by Keiko Goke.] When it comes to details, this quilt takes the prize. In […] +more


2019 tokyo quilt festival: special exhibits

2019 tokyo quilt festival: special exhibits

By Patricia Belyea TOYKO JP  Get ready to go crazy when you see the special exhibits at Tokyo Quilt Festival. Every year the highest level of workmanship and design are paired with exciting installations. So let’s get started. quilt impressionism An Encounter Between Quilting & Art Four sensei and their students prepared quilts and textile […] +more

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