The Art of Flowers, a quilt by Patricia Belyea
The Art of Flowers, a quilt by Patricia Belyea
Detail of The Art of Flowers, a quilt by Patricia Belyea
Stitch pattern for The Art of Flowers, a quilt by Patricia Belyea
Signature on The Art of Flowers, a quilt by Patricia Belyea
Back of The Art of Flowers, a quilt by Patricia Belyea
East-Meets-West Quilts, a book by Patricia Belyea of Okan Arts
Patricia Belyea of Okan Arts

The Art of Flowers

Regular price $4,000.00
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Quilt by Patricia Belyea
48" x 48"

A disciplined art form in Japan, ikebana translates at ”living flowers.“ Each floral composition, made with a minimal number of blooms, in a specially chosen vessel, is arranged to look alive and growing.

Years ago, I learned from Californian motorcycle painter Larry Hamilton that pinstripes are always gaudy colors. Tough guys with their hot rods never noticed that the tiny stripes wrapping their engines were cotton-candy pink or chartreuse green. So I played with the idea of teeny lines of blazing color traversing quilt blocks filled with flowers and solids. I created a hand-stitch pattern of eight branches, with sixty leaves and one butterfly, underscoring the garden motifs of the patterned fabrics.

The Art of Flowers was featured in Patricia’s book, East-Meets-West Quilts, as a project with instructionsMade with vintage yukata cottons, sourced in Japan by Patricia, plus contemporary solids. 

The quilt, signed with Patricia’s applique´signature, comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and a custom linen bag. Shipping and insurance are free to a domestic US address.

Photos of quilt and Patricia by Kate Baldwin.

Patricia founded Okan Arts—a family business that imports vintage Japanese textiles. Inspired by these found fabrics, Patricia incorporates hand-dyed yukata cottons into her quilt designs. An award-winning quilter, Patricia’s quilts have been exhibited at quilt museums across the country.