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hana-goyomi by barb vlack

hana-goyomi by barb vlack

By Patricia Belyea SAINT CHARLES IL  When I met Barb Vlack—a quilt speaker, teacher and author—at The Joe Retreat last February, I felt a charmed connection. With my usual spontaneous boldness, I invited myself to stay at her home the next time I travelled east. So here I am! Barb’s home is filled with quilts—made […] +more


sarah nishiura: born to quilt

sarah nishiura: born to quilt

By Patricia Belyea CHICAGO IL  Artist Sarah Nishiura was endowed with many gifts. Her grandmother was a quilter. Her mother was a family seamstress who made clothes for her five children. Her father was a mathematician. And she was schooled as a painter. All these tumbled together to make Sarah an astute quilter who stretches […] +more


quilt market peeps

quilt market peeps

By Patricia Belyea PORTLAND OR  It was easy to get to Spring Quilt Market this year—just three hours down the road to Portland. I met up with personalities and pals to learn what’s new in the quilting industry. Here are some of the people I caught up with as I tootled around the expansive show […] +more


curves unleashed

curves unleashed

By Patricia Belyea LA CONNER, WA  The goal of this year’s Yukata Cotton & Curves Workshop was to play with simple component compositions. You make one element. Then you make another element. Then you make another element. Then you connect them all together. The word of the week was FUN. No big masterplans. Just look at what […] +more


four may giveaways!

four may giveaways!

This month Okan Arts is giving away four one-yard pieces of vintage Japanese yukata cotton and three spools of cotton floss by Aurifil. There are four giveaways, each valued at $63. The indigo and white yukata cottons, imported by Okan Arts, were hand-dyed between 20 to 40 years ago in small Japanese artisan workshops. The […] +more


jr rail pass: green is golden

jr rail pass: green is golden

By Patricia Belyea I have been to Japan over a dozen times but never traveled with a Japan Railways (JR) Rail Pass. For this past trip, Victoria and I had two-week JR Rail Passes that we activated once we arrived at Narita Airport near Tokyo. We made full use of our Rail Passes. In Tokyo, […] +more


four april giveaways

four april giveaways

This month Okan Arts is giving away four half-yards of Laura Berringer’s Fade Out collection from Studio 37 of Marcus Fabrics paired with three spools of floss by Aurifil. There are four giveaways, each valued at $43.00. Laura’s Fade Out cotton collection features only four colors—black, white, cream, and tan—for super subtle and sophisticated projects. […] +more

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