Guild Lectures :: Okan Arts

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Enter The Alluring World of Japanese Yukata Quilts

Join Patricia Belyea as she tells stories about visiting  Tokyo for the International Great Quilt Show.

Patricia explains the elaborate process of hand-dyeing Japanese yukata cottons and shows samples of the different patterns. Also, Patricia displays her quilts made with yukata cottons and talks about how the fabrics inspired each quilt composition.


The Unknowing of Creativity: New Directions in Quilt Designs

Patricia Belyea shares the excitement of dreaming up new ideas for quilt designs. Leapfrogging from one compositional concept to the next, she takes you on a journey of exploration as she creates her newest series of quilts—Big Grids with Inserted Curves.

Patricia shows quilts made with vintage Japanese yukata cottons and other global fabrics.


The Power of Love quilt by Patricia BelyeaWhen a Quilt is More Than a Quilt

In 2013, Patricia Belyea was commissioned to make two quilts that included the clothes of loved ones. As she created these custom projects, Patricia learned how stitching memories into quilts completely transformed their meaning and power. Since then, Patricia has continued making these “Spirit Quilts.”

An importer of vintage Japanese textiles, Patricia also explains how she uses these fabrics in her Spirit Quilts and other quilt projects.


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The Sashiko 2: Create A Hand-Stitched Look by Machine

Join Victoria Stone for a comprehensive introduction and demo of the Sashiko 2 sewing machine. Plus see a trunk show of quilt projects finished with the Sashiko 2 machine.

Please note that this lecture is available to guilds within a 90-minute drive from Seattle as Victoria will bring a Sashiko 2 machine with her.


For each presentation, Patricia and Victoria can bring yukata cottons for guild members to purchase. With each guild assignment, Okan Arts will check to see if this is of interest for your members.