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cutting edge: art quilts start a fire

cutting edge: art quilts start a fire

By Patricia Belyea TACOMA WA  I made my very first quilt in the summer of 2007. A few months later, with my quilting ardor kindled, I drove to Tacoma to see the Gee’s Bend exhibit at TAM. At the exact same time, there was an art quilt show next door at Washington State History Museum. […] +more


three april giveaways!

three april giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea This month’s giveaway features three Japanese quilting books—translated by Priscilla Knoble and published by her company, Stitch Publications. Each book is valued at $23 to $32. In Houses, Houses, Houses!, world-famous quilter Yoko Saito shows you how to create a quilted house—from one-dimensional designs to fully dimensional projects. Once you design your own house block, there are 34 projects for […] +more


stashfest 2.0 : bigger & better

stashfest 2.0 : bigger & better

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  In November 2011, the Board of La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum met with an unknown (to them) community volunteer who wanted to create a spring fundraiser. That was me! The Board approved my idea of StashFest although they were a little nervous about the name. And two Board members volunteered to work with me—the amazing […] +more


priscilla knoble—bringing Japanese quilting to all

priscilla knoble—bringing Japanese quilting to all

SPOILER: There’s a giveaway for two Stitch Publications patterns at the end of this post. By guest blogger Priscilla Knoble, founder of Stitch Publications SEATTLE, WA  I was born and raised in Japan. My parents were missionaries. My mom went over to Japan soon after World War II when General Douglas MacArthur made a plea for help with […] +more


four march giveaways!

four march giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea This month’s giveaway features four fat quarter bundles of Mostly Manor—a quilting cotton collection by Victoria Findlay Wolfe. Each bundle contains 14 fat quarters, valued at $40. The ubiquitous Victoria excels on all fronts of the quilting scene. An educator, author and spokeswoman, Victoria creates award-winning quilts that combine both traditional and modern elements—always with a twist. […] +more


pat pease & wendy hill : creativity duo

pat pease & wendy hill : creativity duo

By Patricia Belyea Being a twin, I know all about sharing. Pat Pease and Wendy Hill, quilt designers, took sharing to a whole new level with their newly released book: Creative Quilt Challenges. The book’s subhead: Take the Challenge to Discover Your Style & Improve Your Design Skills invites readers to explore many different directions […] +more


sōseki natsume : i am a cat

sōseki natsume : i am a cat

By Patricia Belyea OTTAWA CA  Recently in Tokyo, I discovered my new favorite place for browsing and buying—Shibuya Booksellers. This hip shop stocks a gorgeous collection of books, many created in-house by Shibuya Publishing. A delightful portion of the merchandise is thoughtfully curated jewelry, accessories and writing supplies. I chose a book bag with a silkscreened illustration for […] +more

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