Week-Long Quilting Workshops :: Okan Arts

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

week-long quilting workshops

Please consider joining me at Woodland Ridge Retreat in August 2020 for my Creativity, Curves, and Compositions Workshop. To learn more +click here

Theme: Creativity, Curves, and Compositions
Sunday, October 6 – Friday, October 11, 2019
$1,045 per participant
Includes 20 yards of yukata cotton to use in class or to take home (a $320 value).
12 spaces available / SOLD OUT

To a peek at recent Week-Long Quilting Workshops:
May 2019 Workshop +click here
September 2018 Workshop +click here
July 2018 Workshop +click here
May 2018 Alum Workshop +click here
October 2017 Workshop +click here
July 2017 Workshop +click here


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

not included

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.

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!


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

September 2019: Inserted Curves
Patricia teaches you how to add curved design elements to your quilt tops. Participants start with a small Inserted Curves project and move to a more complex composition. For beginning and advanced quilters. To learn more about Inserted Curves +click here

October 2019: Creativity, Curves and Compositions
Patricia guides you in working with curved piecing, color and composition with her simple curved piecing technique. Participants make a four-quadrant curved quilt top and move to a fully curved composition. For beginning and advanced quilters.

workshop leader : patricia belyea

Patricia Belyea

A creative 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 are based on workshops 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!

our promise to you

If only one person signs up for the Workshop, it’s still a go. Patricia Belyea loves to teach and does not cancel published workshops. If you want to learn from her, Patricia wants to teach you!


La Conner Country InnLa Conner Country Inn

Located just steps from Pacific Northwest Quilt & Textile Arts 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 Fireside Lounge*

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 Fireside Lounge*

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 Fireside Lounge*

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 Fireside Lounge*

9am  Workroom: Morning instruction / workshop all day

Noon  Catered lunch

4 pm  Workshop Show ‘N Tell

Eve  Dinner on your own** / Sashiko 2 demo in the 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 in the Fireside Lounge is for participants who choose to stay at La Conner Country Inn.

**Group dinner reservations are 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. And Sylvia Pippen’s shop, Indigo Stitch, on the waterfront, offers more textile delights.

Once you get to the Workshop, you can walk all around the 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 Workshop. 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 ten sewing machines available to rent for $50 each. The Bernina 1230 comes with an extension table, two bobbins and a small cutting mat. 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 September 2019 participants, the Supply List will be emailed to you in late July 2019.

For October 2019 participants, the Supply List will be emailed to you in early August 2019

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 respectful of your food sensitivities. 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?

At 3pm on every day of the Workshop, artisan chocolates are supplied 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