2018 Yukata Quilting Workshops :: Okan Arts

Yukata Quilting Workshop in La Conner WA with Patricia Belyea of Okan Arts

2018 yukata quilting workshops

Open for registration

Curves and Compositions with Yukata Cottons
Sunday, May 6 – Friday, May 11, 2018
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13 spaces available /  SOLD OUT

Curves and Compositions with Yukata Cottons
Sunday, July 15 – Friday, July 20, 2018
This session is open to all quilters.
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13 spaces available / 6 spots left

Curves and Compositions with Yukata Cottons
Sunday, Sept 9 – Friday, Sept 14, 2018
This session is open to all quilters.
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13 spaces available / 12 spots left

Curves and Compositions with Yukata Cottons
Sunday, Sept 16 – Friday, Sept 21, 2018
This session is open to all quilters.
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13 spaces available / 10 spots left


La Conner Country Inn
La Conner, WA — the Northwest quilting capital
1.25 hours north of Seattle


$995 per participant
Includes 20 yards of yukata cotton to use in class or to take home (a $320 value).

Not included: lodging in La Conner (group rate available at The Country Inn—see below), meals not mentioned, personal supplies and incidentals.

Okan Arts 2015 Yukata Quilting Workshopthe experience

Hands-on learning with Patricia Belyea

This workshop pushes you to try something new, get creative and move beyond your comfort zone in quilt design. The 2017 focus is complex curves—for beginners and advanced quilters. The 2018 focus continues with curved piecing.

Start with an intro evening, then four full days, and wrap up with a final morning.

The workshop includes morning instructions, lessons throughout the day, a fabulous Welcome Dinner, catered lunches, a continental Farewell Breakfast, and 24-hour access to the Workroom. Plus a daily group presentation at 4pm and a visit to the local quilt museum!

To take a peek at the July 2017 Yukata Quilting Workshop +click here


Creativity, Curves & Yukata Quilting Workshop with Okan Arts, May 2017

Curves and Composition with Yukata Cottons

Patricia guides you in working with curved piecing, color and composition with her simple curved piecing techniques. Participants make a four-quadrant quilt top and move to a fully curved composition. Advanced participants in May play with reverse curves, curved elements and complex curved compositions. The Tuesday Special Presentation is a tutorial on binding.

workshop leader : patricia belyea

Patricia Belyea

An artisan quilter, teacher and speaker, Patricia loves to introduce quilters to the wonderful energy of quilting design, and to share the remarkable vintage Japanese yukata cottons she’s imported. With a passion to encourage each person’s creative genius, she leads unique hands-on quilting experiences.

All sessions of the Yukata Quilting Workshop are based on classes that Patricia has taught across the US, Canada and in the UK. You learn a totally new approach to quilt making with her step-by-step process for transforming curves into quilts all your own!


La Conner Country InnLa Conner Country Inn

Located just steps from La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum, Museum of Northwest Art, local boutiques and stellar restaurants, La Conner Country Inn spoils its guests with warmth and first-rate TLC.

Each morning, the Country Inn serves Continental breakfast in the lobby lounge with cafe tables, high-back leather chairs and a river-rock fireplace. A special feature is the Inn’s renowned homemade granola.

The Workshop is held down the hall in the Two Forks Workroom—which participants can access at any time. A catered lunch is served on-site.

Okan Arts has reserved Deluxe Queen Rooms for Workshop participants:

  • Special Workshop Rate of $109/single or $134/double occupancy per night, plus local lodging tax.
  • For the Special Workshop Rate, please reserve your accommodations at least 60 days before your Workshop start date.
  • Participants are responsible for securing their own reservations and, if desired, arranging for their own roommates.
  • Call the Inn at 360-466-3101 and mention Okan Arts to receive the Special Workshop Rate.

Rooms include one or two queen-size beds (depending on availability) with the following amenities:

  • Continental breakfast
  • Gas fireplace
  • Refrigerator
  • In-room gourmet coffee & tea
  • Cozy sitting area
  • Bathroom with shower (some rooms have a shower/bathtub)
  • Flat screen TV/DVD player
  • Free wifi and parking.

All rooms are non-smoking. Per Washington state law, no smoking is allowed within 25′ of doorways, walkways and balconies.

Please note: Participants are welcome to secure accommodations anywhere in the area instead of staying at La Conner Country Inn and arranging for their own breakfasts on Monday through Thursday.

historic la conner

La Conner at dusk

an artist’s enclave

“It’s the light” artist and gallery owner Maggie Wilder simply states to explain why so many creative individuals have gravitated to La Conner.

The earliest settlement in Skagit County, this historic town boasts many original homes and buildings. The grand Gaches Mansion, just two blocks from the Country Inn, houses Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum. Traditional quilts and antique furniture fill the meticulously restored rooms on the first floor. The galleries on the second and third floors display contemporary quilts and textiles.

La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum

A beloved getaway destination, La Conner offers plenty of choices for shopping and dining. Speciality shops and restaurants crowd First Street, just around the corner from the Country Inn. Morris Street, perpendicular to First, extends the retail corridor with antiques shops and more restaurants.

Town photos courtesy of La Conner Chamber of Commerce.


sharing their enthusiasm

Here’s what past Workshop participants have to say:

“Great experience—lots of personal attention and good ‘quilting’ growth.”

“So enjoyable.”

“A week isn’t as long as I thought it was going to be. And who knew I was going to be back sewing at night.”

“It was amazing! I thought I would be ‘out of my league’ but I took the challenge and I’m so glad I did.”

“Fun to work with a group of textile enthusiasts.”

“It was a wonderful experience. Made many new friends and learned new techniques.”

“Patricia is open to input and letting us go our own direction.”

“I enjoyed the friendships and being with such creative people. Working with the Japanese fabrics was a super plus.”

“Everything was wonderful. Love the location, love the lunches. Thank you. Thank you.”

“Excellent from start to finish. Highly recommended.”

workshop schedule

Sunday Evening

Fabrics for Doodle Piecing Blocks3pm or later  Check in at La Conner Country Inn

3pm or later  Drop off sewing gear in Workroom

4pm  Meet in Workroom for a casual mingle

5:15pm  Walk to Nell Thorn Restaurant for Welcome Dinner

7pm Reconvene in Workroom for introductions

Monday, All Day

Yukata Cotton Block8am  Continental breakfast in Lobby*

9am  Workroom: Morning instruction / workshop all day

Noon  Catered lunch

4 pm  Show ‘N Tell

Eve  Dinner on your own** / all-night access to Workroom

Tuesday, All Day

Yukata Cotton Block8am  Continental breakfast in Lobby*

9am  Workroom: Morning instruction / workshop all day

Noon  Catered lunch

4 pm  Special presentation by Patricia

Eve  Dinner on your own** / all-night access to Workroom

Wednesday, All Day

Yukata Cotton Block8am  Continental breakfast in Lobby*

9am  Workroom: Morning instruction / workshop all day

Noon  Catered lunch

4 pm  Visit Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum

Eve  Dinner on your own** / all-night access to Workroom

Thursday, All Day

Yukata Cotton Block8am  Continental breakfast in Lobby*

9am  Workroom: Morning instruction / workshop all day

Noon  Catered lunch

4 pm  Workshop Show ‘N Tell

Eve  Dinner on your own** / all-night access to Workroom

Friday, Morning

Yukata Cotton Block8:30am  Farewell Breakfast in Workroom

9am – 11am  Finish up and pack gear out of Workroom

11am  Check out of La Conner Country Inn


*The Continental Breakfast on Mon, Tue, Wed and Thu mornings is for participants who choose to stay at La Conner Country Inn.

**Dinner reservations will be made dally at a local restaurant so workshop members can all eat together, if they choose.

questions + answers

Historic La Connerlocation

What’s so special about La Conner?

La Conner is known as a mecca for quilting and needlework. You pass Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts as you come into town. Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum sits on the hill above the main street.

Once you get to the Workshop, you can walk all around town to shops, cafes and restaurants.


What I arrive at the Seattle Airport (SeaTac), how can I get to the Retreat in La Conner?

The easiest way to travel to La Conner is with a rental car. Plan on 1.5 hours for the drive.

For public transit from SeaTac Airport, take the shuttle provided by Bellair Charters and Airporter, using the Anacortes-San Juan Islands route, to nearby La Conner Whitney Shell Station. Let us know in advance and we can pick you up from there. It’s a good idea to make a reservation so you’re guaranteed a seat on the shuttle at the time you would like to ride. Reservations are prepaid with a credit/debit card over the phone, or online.

La Conner Country Inn

I’m driving to the Retreat. What’s the exact address of La Conner Country Inn?

The Inn address is 107 Second St (at Morris Street) in downtown La Conner. The phone is (360) 466-3101.


I am coming by plane. Will there be machine rentals at the Workshop?

There are seven sewing machines available to rent for $40 each. The machine set-up comes with a task light and small cutting board. Please let us know when you register that you want to reserve a machine and it will be waiting for you at the Workshop.

What do I need to bring? Is there a supply list?

For July 2017 participants, the Supply List will be emailed to you in mid-May 2017.

For October 2017 participants, the Supply List will be emailed to you in early August 2017.

For May 2018 participants, the Supply List will be emailed to you in late February 2018.

For the July 2018 participants, the Supply List will be emailed to you in mid-May 2018.

For the September 2018 participants, the Supply List will be emailed to you in early July 2018.

at the workshop

What if I want to quilt non-stop?

There are no requirements that you participate in any of the activities if you don’t want to. You have access to your sewing area 24 hours a day.

I have food restrictions. What about that?

We start with a Welcome Dinner at Nell Thorn, a top local restaurant. Nell Thorn’s trustworthy kitchen will be informed of your food restrictions that are mentioned in your Registration Form. Each day you receive a catered lunch which also is prepared by a kitchen that understands food sensitivities and intolerances.

Tell me about our Daily Chocolate Fix?

Every day of the Workshop we stop at 3pm to nibble on some artisan chocolates to keep up our energy as we finish the afternoon.

What about dinners “on my own.”

A group reservation at a nearby restaurant will be made every day for those who want to dine together. Or you can just grab a food at the local grocery store or restaurant and work through evening.

May I bring alcoholic drinks to the Workshop?

Feel free to bring your own drinks to La Conner. Due to Washington law, you can only imbibe alcoholic drinks in your private hotel room and not in any public spaces.

If you have any questions, please contact patricia


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