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studio tour with jane sassaman

studio tour with jane sassaman

By guest blogger Jane Sassaman HARVARD IL  I am a fine art quilter, designer and teacher. I discovered quilting in 1980 after many years as a designer of decorative accessories. In 1980 many painters were also beginning to trade in their paint palette for a pallet of fabric. In 2000 I published my first book, […] +more


kate t williamson—a year in japan

kate t williamson—a year in japan

By Patricia Belyea GIVEAWAY ALERT: There are two giveaways offered at the end of this post. NEW YORK NY When the used copy of A Year in Japan arrived at my home, I gobbled it up. Author and artist Kate T Williamson filled her book with quirky vignettes and delightful illustrations about life in Japan that truly charmed me. Below is […] +more


four june giveaways!

four june giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea This month’s giveaways feature 29 fat-quarter bundles from Janine Vangool’s UPPERCASE fabric collection. Produced by Windham Fabrics, a bundle yields 7.25 yards of high-quality patterned cotton. Each giveaway is valued at $125 (four total). Janine Vangool, the publisher of UPPERCASE magazine, creates a different graphic pattern for the cover and spine of each issue. Appealing […] +more


janine vangool: fabrics for the creative and curious

janine vangool: fabrics for the creative and curious

By guest blogger Janine Vangool—curator, editor, designer and publisher of UPPERCASE magazine CALGARY AB  I’ve had an eclectic creative career, from working as a freelance graphic designer to teaching to having a line of wholesale greeting cards to sewing products to running my own gallery and bookshop. In 2009, I launched UPPERCASE, a quarterly print […] +more


two may giveaways!

two may giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea This month’s giveaways feature a collection of 12 Aurifil Wool Threads and 3 yards of Okan Arts vintage kimono wool. Each giveaway is valued at $148 (two total). Alex Veronelli, the irreverent spokesman for Aurifil Threads, announced that 2016 would be The Year of Wool. To celebrate this wonderful textile fiber that comes from sheep, Aurifil […] +more


season evans : on the importance of quilt backs

season evans : on the importance of quilt backs

By guest blogger and quilt maker Season Evans SEATTLE WA  One of the reasons I am drawn to quilts, both in form and function, is their unique ability to tell stories. When I am making a quilt I am always asking myself what I need to tell the whole story. As I am constantly drawn […] +more


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

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