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2019 tokyo quilt festival

2019 tokyo quilt festival

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  I met up with Sachiko Yoshida when I first arrived at the Tokyo Quilt Festival. Sachiko, an honored sensei, has taught for 30 years in the Tokyo area. Behind us is Connections, Sachiko’s newest masterpiece. Sachiko and I took a stroll around the Wa and Original Design competitions to see […] +more


artisans of tokyo

artisans of tokyo

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  An advertisement in a subway car alerted me to the Tokyo Traditional Crafts Fair at Takashimaya adjacent to Shinjuku station. Only two stops from my hotel, it was easy for me to scurry over to the department store to see the Fair. Not waiting to find an elevator, I took […] +more


getting unstitched

getting unstitched

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA It takes about four hours to pick out all the hand stitching in a kimono. Reclaimed fabric, silk threads, hidden knots—they all intrigue me. The meditative exercise takes me on a journey through textural time and space. Specially woven, kimono fabric measures 13″ to 16″ wide. Two long rectangular pieces form […] +more


birth of a quilt museum

birth of a quilt museum

By Patricia Belyea KAILUA KONA HI  There are 21 quilt museums in America. That’s less than one for every two states! Who cares? We do. A quilt museum honors quilts and the people who make them—whether the quilts are traditional or contemporary. And by creating a collection of quilts, a quilt museum cares for them. […] +more


the first inserted curves workshop

the first inserted curves workshop

By Patricia Belyea KAILUA-KONA HI  I taught my first Inserted Curves Workshop last week on the Big Island of Hawaii. Thirteen enthusiastic quilters signed up to learn something new. So how did my inaugural Workshop go? Let me set the scene: The Workshop spanned two days. The host shop Quilt Passions rented an empty storefront two doors […] +more


a visit with blair stocker

a visit with blair stocker

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  Earlier this week I drove 92 blocks north to the home of Blair Stocker, the force behind Wise Craft Handmade. Blair is known for turning meaningful fabrics into modern quilts. When I pulled up to Blair’s address, I spied her classic Craftsman house through the gray November rain. Once inside, […] +more


the joe retreat: two colors

the joe retreat: two colors

By Patricia Belyea UNION WA Just because Joe Cunningham says that projects require just two colors doesn’t mean that’s what’s going to happen. Take at look at the quilters and their works-in-progress as they piece daily assignments at a recent session of The Joe Retreat. Sometimes, when everyone was getting into the flow of their […] +more

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