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three february giveaways

three february giveaways

By Patricia Belyea This month’s giveaways feature a cyanotype print by Sylvia Pippen, a ball of Presencia No. 8 perle cotton thread and a handmade sashiko needle. Each giveaway is valued at $20 to $25. For the giveaways, Sylvia donated three different cyanotype panels—one with a tsunami wave and linework for sashiko stitching, one with seagulls and linework […] +more


the art of chusen dyeing

the art of chusen dyeing

by Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  Three very special people actualized my dream of visiting a chusen-dyeing factory in Japan. Artist Sanae Naito, a university lecturer and creator of her own chusen-dyed textiles, arranged the tour. Mr Toyoda, a collector of Japanese arts and crafts, joined us. And Mr Abe, the factory owner, welcomed us to his family […] +more


yoko saito : leader of taupeism

yoko saito : leader of taupeism

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO, JP  Yoko Saito has emerged as a global quilting leader with her quiet shades of taupe and fastidious attention to detail. If you want to see her at the International Great Quilt Festival in Tokyo this week, head to the Quilt Party booth. There you’ll find Yoko meticulously signing books for a long line-up […] +more


tokyo quilt festival 2016

tokyo quilt festival 2016

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO, JP  The reason so many quilters travel to Tokyo during the third week of January is to attend the largest quilt show in the world. Open a full week, this bonanza of stitch, color and design typically attracts 235,000 visitors to the show floor. The International Great Quilt Festival celebrates quilts and […] +more


sylvia pippen and her blue world

sylvia pippen and her blue world

By guest blogger Sylvia Pippen—quilt & textile artist, author and teacher. I discovered cyanotype while living in Hawaii and have been enchanted with the process ever since. The classic cyanotype process—UV-sensitive contact printing—uses transparent, translucent, or opaque objects to make ”blueprint“ photos on paper or cloth. I loved how I could design my own fabric […] +more


four january giveaways!

four january giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea This month’s giveaways feature Aurifil Thread Collections and Kai Thread Snips—two essentials to get you started in the new year! Each giveaway is valued at $58. Aurifil threads, made in Italy with Egyptian Mako cotton, create happy sewing machines with virtually no lint and minimal tension issues. Plus, the thinness of the threads promise flatter […] +more


the quilts at baldwin home museum

the quilts at baldwin home museum

By Patricia Belyea LAHAINA HI  I’m a sucker for local museums that give me a sense of history for a place I’m visiting. On Front Street in the heart of Lahaina, across from the old site of the royal palace, sits the home of missionary Dwight Baldwin—now a small museum. A highly educated young man, Baldwin decided […] +more

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