Weekend Workshops in Seattle :: Okan Arts

a hands-on learning experience

Doodle Piecing—Complex Curves 
In this Weekend Workshop with Patricia Belyea, you make a curvy-pieced quilt top of your own design. You start by translating simple doodles into block designs and transferring the line work to freezer paper for making patterns. You then walk through the steps for making a fabric version of your custom patterns. By the end of the workshop, you have the confidence to add curves to your future quilt projects.

upcoming weekend workshops


Doodle Piecing—Complex Curves
Saturday, April 6 – Sunday, April 7, 2019
5 spaces available, 1 spot left
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Doodle Piecing—Complex Curves
Saturday, June 1 – Sunday, June 2, 2019
5 spaces available, 2 spots left
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Okan Arts Shop & Studio
315 NW 52nd St, Seattle WA
Ballard neighborhood


$445 per participant, all-inclusive except your fabric!
An Okan Arts Weekend Workshop includes two days of instruction, two catered lunches, workshop supplies, and sewing set-up (sewing gear, sewing machine, cutting mat, and design wall). All you bring is your fabric!

Not included: travel to Seattle and lodging in Seattle.

your teacher, patricia belyea

Patricia takes joy in teaching quilters how to add curves to their fabric compositions. Using her step-by-step approach, she gives quilt novices and veterans alike the skills to design and sew multi-directional curves that are completely flat. Patricia has taught curved piecing in the US, Canada and the UK.

lunch in the okan arts’ studio

Lunch each day, made with fresh and healthy ingredients, is served upstairs in Patricia and Victoria’s sewing studio. A danger zone for fabric lovers, the walls are lined with baskets of vintage Japanese yukata cottons for sale!

student raves

“My daughter and I took Patricia’s Doodle Piecing Workshop together.  We both came from California and it was worth it.  It wasn’t just a workshop…it was an experience.  Patricia’s home and studio are lovely and filled with fabric. So much to explore. Patricia is determined for you to be successful and does everything possible to make it so. Great verbal instruction and great written instruction. Lots of interaction and attention were given whenever needed.”
Jan R, Apple Valley CA Doodle Piecing

“So enjoyed the workshop in the midst of Patricia’s shop and quilts. An inspiring atmosphere in an intimate space. Learning to use color and shape in a freeform way—Doodle Piecing—is a liberating experience. Had to have the hands-on practice to now, explore on my own.”
Agnes B, Jersey City NJ Doodle Piecing

“I totally enjoyed the unique, creative and fun experience the workshop offered. It forced me ‘out of the box.’ The instruction was clear and complete. I learned new techniques that are not common knowledge. My quilt is different than any I’ve made previously and quite lovely.”
— Nancy W, Burien WA Doodle Piecing

“Patricia’s teaching style is friendly and process-focused with guaranteed flat results. It was a pleasure to work in her cozy studio/classroom and she kept us happy with coffee and chocolate. I’m well on my way to a first quilt with this process and look forward to many more.
— Mary S, Seattle WA Doodle Piecing

“Patricia’s classes were just what I needed: hands-on instruction with just a few students in each class. I got lots of personal attention, and she had great samples to show. The samples really helped me visualize the techniques we were learning. For someone who is fairly familiar with sewing, but not as familiar with quilting, Patricia’s easy-going and fun lessons helped me immensely.”
— David H, Shoreline WA Doodle Piecing

okan arts’ promise to you

Whether one or five students sign up, the workshop will happen. So book your trip and get ready to sew curves!


There are non-stop hotels and AirBNB rentals in the Seattle area. Here are a few choices:
Hotel Ballard ($$$)  Ballard neighborhood
Staybridge Suites Hotel ($$)  Fremont neighborhood
University Inn ($$)  University district

more to do in the seattle area

La Conner
Pacific Northwest Quilt & Textile Arts Museum

Interesting Fabric Shops
Drygoods Design  Pioneer Square, Seattle
Undercover Quilts  Pike Place Market, Seattle
Circa 15 Fabric Studio  Downtown, Kirkland
District Fabric  Fremont neighborhood, Seattle
Quilted Strait  Waterfront, Port Gamble

fav food joints

Gracia  Ballard, elevated Mexican fare
Chiso Japanese Restaurant  Fremont, authentic sushi bar
Bastille Cafe  Ballard, classic French brasserie
Capitol Cider  Capitol Hill, gluten-free restaurant specializing in craft ciders
Amandine Bakeshop  Capitol Hill, incredible French macarons and a great cup of coffee