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sarah nishiura: born to quilt

sarah nishiura: born to quilt

By Patricia Belyea CHICAGO IL  Artist Sarah Nishiura was endowed with many gifts. Her grandmother was a quilter. Her mother was a family seamstress who made clothes for her five children. Her father was a mathematician. And she was schooled as a painter. All these tumbled together to make Sarah an astute quilter who stretches […] +more


quilt market peeps

quilt market peeps

By Patricia Belyea PORTLAND OR  It was easy to get to Spring Quilt Market this year—just three hours down the road to Portland. I met up with personalities and pals to learn what’s new in the quilting industry. Here are some of the people I caught up with as I tootled around the expansive show […] +more


curves unleashed

curves unleashed

By Patricia Belyea LA CONNER, WA  The goal of this year’s Yukata Cotton & Curves Workshop was to play with simple component compositions. You make one element. Then you make another element. Then you make another element. Then you connect them all together. The word of the week was FUN. No big masterplans. Just look at what […] +more


jr rail pass: green is golden

jr rail pass: green is golden

By Patricia Belyea I have been to Japan over a dozen times but never traveled with a Japan Railways (JR) Rail Pass. For this past trip, Victoria and I had two-week JR Rail Passes that we activated once we arrived at Narita Airport near Tokyo. We made full use of our Rail Passes. In Tokyo, […] +more


daruma does japan

daruma does japan

By Patricia Belyea JAPAN  On the first night of our Japan trek, the Mima family gave me a Daruma doll from Blue & White in Tokyo. Yoko and Kayako Mima playfully told me that the Daruma reminded them of my husband, Michael. We all laughed at that. Daruma, although constantly scowling, happily joined Victoria and I […] +more


kimono roboto in kyoto

kimono roboto in kyoto

By Patricia Belyea KYOTO JP  I’m telling you about this amazing exhibit, Kimono Roboto, with the fastest possible typing because it opened last night and closes in nine days. Yikes! To see the show, you would have to leave immediately, fly to Japan, train to Kyoto, and get to Nijo Castle. The high-style show of […] +more


buddha’s birthday

buddha’s birthday

By Patricia Belyea NARA JP  April 8 is an auspicious day in my life. Thirty years ago today I gave birth to my oldest daughter, Elizabeth Jane Stone. It’s also the day that temples around the world celebrate the birth of Buddha. What better way to experience Hana-Matsuri, the Floral Festival, than to visit the […] +more