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the new blue & white

the new blue & white

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  What’s new at Blue & White, Amy Katoh’s beloved shop in Tokyo? Its location is the biggest change. For over 35 years, Blue & White was tucked into a small storefront on Azabu Juban in Minato City. As of last April, the 2.0 version of Blue & White opened one building […] +more


2018 tokyo quilt festival—details

2018 tokyo quilt festival—details

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  As a postscript to my reports about this year’s Tokyo Quilt Festival, I’m sharing macro shots of some of the amazing quilts. Of course, the overall composition of each quilt deserves attention. But every seam and every stitch make up the whole. By focusing on minute details, we see how […] +more


2018 tokyo quilt festival—special exhibits

2018 tokyo quilt festival—special exhibits

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  Every year Tokyo Quilt Festival wows with its special exhibits. This year is no exception! in praise of molas—fumiko nakayama Fumiko Nakayama’s lifetime commitment to molas—the art form of the Guna people in Panama—takes reverse applique´ to celestial heights. This featured artist exhibit includes the complete works of Sensei Nakayama […] +more


2018 tokyo quilt festival—quilt exhibits

2018 tokyo quilt festival—quilt exhibits

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP Three days after a traffic-stopping snowstorm hit the most populated city in the world, the Tokyo Quilt Festival opened its doors. Here are oodles of photos from Opening Day so you can vicariously tour the show floor. NOTE: This is only a thimbleful of the quilts exhibited! Most of the […] +more


four january giveaways!

four january giveaways!

This month’s giveaway features Kai 8″ Professional Tailoring Shears. There are four January giveaways—each valued at $60 per pair. Kai Pro Shears are the sharpest scissors you will ever own. On my quilting pal Joe Cunningham’s recommendation, I bought myself a pair and can attest that they’re amazing. Made with high carbon Molybdenum Vanadium stainless steel, Kai […] +more


quilt rejects

quilt rejects

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  As I created all the quilts for East-Meets-West Quilts, the book continually evolved. Over a three-year period, I made 24 quilts. Seventeen are included in the book. I thought you might enjoy checking out the unpublished ones. happi 48″ x 48″ This quilt has a complicated story. It was made […] +more


la conner’s new stitch shop

la conner’s new stitch shop

By Patricia Belyea LA CONNER WA  Newly opened Indigo Stitch takes the cake as a specialty shop. Everything about it is special! Owner and quilter extraordinaire Sylvia Pippen filled Indigo Stitch with her signature products—stitch and appliqué kits, BOM projects, sashiko supplies, solid cottons, books, notions and more. A nationally recognized teacher, Sylvia combines hand appliqué, contemporary and traditional […] +more

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