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sandra heffernan: materials innovator

sandra heffernan: materials innovator

By Patricia Belyea WELLINGTON NZ  Can you imagine traveling to northern Portugal for a 6-week artist residency focusing on embroidery? You would get time to work on one major project while staying in a medieval city that’s a World Heritage Site! Kiwi Sandra Heffernan was chosen for this exciting assignment by the organizers of Contextile 2016. The biennial event, with […] +more


a chat with kaffe fassett

a chat with kaffe fassett

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE / LONDON  It was tea time in Seattle (7am) and tea time in London (3pm) when the phone brrringed at Kaffe Fassett’s studio in the UK. I had set up this opportunity to chat with the King of Color a week before Kaffe’s new book, Bold Blooms, releases. My first question was […] +more


four august giveaways!

four august giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea This month’s giveaways feature delights from artist Bari J—exuberant fabrics from her newest Art Gallery Fabrics collection Joie de Vivre, and her Maximalist Style thread set from Aurifil. Each giveaway is valued at $82 (four total). Bari J didn’t know she was an artist until she starting painting in her thirties. Now non-stop, Bari J creates fabric […] +more


serizawa :: master of japanese textile design

serizawa :: master of japanese textile design

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  Help! I’m in love with a married man with two grown children. To make matters worse, he’s been dead for 32 years. I met him online—at AbeBooks.com. His description said: clean, in good condition. Just $6 and one week later, Serizawa was in my arms. He surprised me with his stunning […] +more


cathy izzo : the city collection

cathy izzo : the city collection

By Cathy Izzo, co-owner of The City Quilter SPOILER: At the end of this post, there’s a giveaway of NYC-themed fabrics! NEW YORK, NY  Ever since my partner Dale Riehl and I opened The City Quilter in 1997, customers have been asking for NYC-themed fabric. Sometimes the fabric companies obliged by releasing a skyscraper print with […] +more


four july giveaways!

four july giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea This month’s giveaways feature a Jane Sassaman Bonanza—fabrics from her newest FreeSpirit collection, her Sew Sassy Threads from Superior, and her Color My Garden coloring book from Dragon Threads. Each giveaway is valued at $52 (four total). Jane Sassaman is known for her striking and joyful garden quilts. Besides making award-winning quilts, Jane designs […] +more


beauty of japan aglow

beauty of japan aglow

By Patricia Belyea LA CONNER WA  Beauty of Japan exhibit at La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum (LCQTM) gives visitors the gifts of friendship and inspiration. The collection of exceptional silk quilts were made by women just like us—women determined to transform little bits of fabric into textile treasures. (Okay, our Japanese counterparts have achieved a superstar level of mastery!) Sachiko Yoshida, a […] +more

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