november giveaway :: Okan Arts
november giveaway

november giveaway

by Patricia Belyea

SEATTLE WA  This month’s two-part giveaway is a throw-sized package of Silk Batting from Hobbs Tuscany Collection and one yard of vintage Japanese yukata cotton with a bird of paradise flower pattern.

I love silk batting for three reasons: 1/ It’s light as angel wings—perfect for someone who says that quilts are too heavy and hot. 2/ Whether hand- or machine-stitching, my needles move through the batting effortlessly. 3/ What a great compliment to my Japanese cottons!

The vintage yukata cotton is hand-dyed using the chusen process. That means the pattern shows up as vividly on the back as on the front of the panel.
Okan Arts November 2014 Giveaway

To participate, just leave a comment below. The drawing for the giveaway will be held at midnight on November 30. The prize will then be shipped anywhere in the world.

(The winner is chosen with a random number drawing.)

leave a comment to Vicki H

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

156 comments to “november giveaway”

  1. Betty Reed says:

    I had never seen these amazing Japanese fabrics until I visited The Quilting Loft in Ballard last summer. Needless to say, choosing which ones to buy took a long time and a few visits back to the shop. Oh, My. I love them all..I would love to try the silk batting. I’ve never seen it either.

  2. Deb W says:

    Recently discovered your great blog! Agree with you about the silk batting…delightful!!

  3. R. Sullivan says:

    I would love to win this! 🙂

  4. marijke says:

    Wow, great fabric!

  5. Nancy Sartanowicz says:

    I am interested in trying out the silk batting. It sounds like it is far better than what I now use. Also — lovely print fabric!

  6. Laura M says:

    What a generous give-away. I have some of your lovely cottons which have created many wonderful ideas in my mind. Soon to be projects on my design board. Would love to try a silk batting. What a special treat that would be.

  7. Chris Jurd says:

    I’ve never used silk batting but would,love to give it a go. And the fabric is gorgeous! Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. Emily Klainberg says:

    would love to try silk batting and love The japanese fabrics.

  9. Sylvia Anderson says:

    What a stunning piece of fabric this is! I’ve heard a lot of good things about the silk batting and would love to be on the receiving end of this giveaway. Thanks so much for the opportunity.

  10. Jane Beadle says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to win silk batting & fabric in your giveaway!

  11. Dee says:

    I would love to try the silk batting. And that gorgeous fabric would make a stunning art quilt.

  12. Jojo says:


  13. Alice Ronne says:

    Would love to be the lucky one! Beautiful yukata fabric!

  14. Terri Rexford says:

    Silk batting?! I had no idea they made this. Looking forward to trying it! Thank you for including me in this giveaway.

  15. Silk batting sounds heavenly and I would love to try it soonest.

  16. Lisa Phillips says:

    Beautiful yukata fabric and I have always wanted to try the silk batting. What a lovely November giveaway.

  17. Ruthanne Lowe says:

    I had a beautiful piece of yukata a few months ago and I made a scroll-type hanging (that is, using correct proportions) with it. I think a little silk batting behind the yukata would have enhanced it greatly! I love yukata.

  18. debbie says:

    Wow i didn’t know they made silk batting. I would love to try it. Thanks for holding the giveaway. I’ve also listed your giveaway on my Giveaway List for just sewers and quilters at Thanks again.

  19. Jocelyn says:

    I’ve never seen silk batting before. Sound wonderful. Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. Jackie says:

    Who doesn’t love a giveaway? Thanks for the opportunity

  21. Shirley Whitcomb says:

    What a wonderfully generous offer. I have always wanted to try my hand at using silk batting. My comforter is silk and I love it’s properties. Thank you for a chance at this opportunity.

  22. Carol says:

    Ohhhh… yummy! Please pick me 🙂

  23. Fay Maloney says:

    Would love to try silk batting. I don’t believe it is available in Australia. The fabric is sensational

  24. Penny de Jong says:

    Silk! Sounds sensational! 🙂

  25. ann says:

    I just found your blog and what a wonderful treat on your part to offer such a give away. Would love to win!

  26. I live 1/2 time in Kailua and 1/2 time In Washington state. My Oahu home has lots of wall space that cries for tropical themed art. I have already put up several painted tropical flower quilted art pieces but I have been looking for a bird of paradise for the pale green living room wall. I also take classes one day a week in Honolulu to become a better hand applique artist. The November prize would be PERFECT for me.

  27. Donna DeShazo says:

    It would be wonderful to change my “never-a-winner” record with this gorgeous fabric and the silk batting (even the name sounds luscious!).

  28. Val Gleeson says:

    Your materials are so beautiful. I just love to look at the few that I have.

  29. Lottie Smith says:

    Count me “in”: I’d love to win!!

  30. Veronika says:

    Silk batting sounds soooo dreamy! And the fabric is gorgeous to boot too. Thanks for the chance!

  31. Kathy E. says:

    Ooooh, the colors in this fabric are luscious! It’s so dimensional, it seems I could actually pick the flower! I’d love to win and make something beautiful with it.

  32. Linda Andrews says:

    I am looking for the asanoha patterned cotton fabric in white design on black in the larger version. The size I’d like would have about a 5.5 cm measurement across the flower’s diameter. Please let me know if you have this gorgeous fabric which has added pop to many of my quilts.

    Thank you for the giveaway opportunity, and for the opportunity to purchase Japanese fabrics close to home!

  33. Denise Lentini says:

    Beautiful fabric. Just found your blog. Can’t wait to get back to visit Ballard to see the fabrics in person.

  34. amy says:

    The silk batting sounds wonderful…and that fabric is dreamy gorgeous! Thanks for the chance to win them!

  35. Beverly Threadgill-Robey says:

    That floral silk is drool-worthy! And I love love love silk batting! I hope I win!

  36. clara oleson says:

    good prizes

  37. Janie says:

    Love the fabric. Love Seattle as well. Thanks for the chance.

  38. Susan says:

    Beautiful fabric, love Hobbs products, except for the cotton I was using tonight. I like silk!

  39. Pam says:

    This fabric is just stunning! And the Bird of Paradise is my favorite flower. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  40. Annibannani says:

    Would love to try both products.

  41. Debby Cox says:

    cool prizes…count me in! Thank you!

  42. Andrea Hennings says:

    Another wonderful giveaway, thank you so much for your inspiration.

  43. Chris says:

    Absolutely stunning. I would love to try both products.

  44. Marti M says:

    I have used silk batting just one time. Would love to use it again. Thanks for the give away.

  45. Suzanne Kalish says:

    Your beautiful Japanese fabrics make my heart sing! Looking very forward to hearing Joe Cunningham this Saturday– thank you for inspiring us!

  46. Rachaeldaisy says:

    I’ve never had the opportunity to quilt with silk batting and would love the chance. The ukata cotton fabric is so beautiful, so graceful. Thank you for such a wonderful giveaway.

  47. Jackie says:

    I would love to try the batting. Thanks for the chance!

  48. Patricia Smith says:

    Looking forward to trying silk batting.

  49. Peggy Johnson says:

    Would love to be the lucky one to try this silk batting and receive this beautiful piece of fabric.

  50. Sue Smith says:

    I, also, have never tried silk batt and would love to try it.

  51. Janet Wright says:

    I have worked with silk batting only once. It was k\like sewing through butter. I hope I win. Janet

  52. Carol. Fish says:

    I really like silk batting

  53. Bonnie Chalmers says:

    I have not tried silk batting yet so would love the chance to.

  54. Quilting Tangent says:

    Bird of Paradise is such a beautiful flower and silk batting should make a warm throw.

  55. Linda Hall says:

    Silk batting is wonderful to work with–light, airy and warm.

  56. allison pogany says:

    Never even heard of silk batting- sounds fabulous! Thanks for a great giveaway!

  57. jodi says:

    your generosity astounds me patricia!
    thank-you so much for sharing knowledge and beauty…
    we are better for it!

  58. Debra Callaway says:

    I love that fabric, I have a bit of it and would love to win a bit more and try silk batting, I hand quilt and mostly use the thin cotton batting but would love to try the silk batting. Thanks for the opportunity

  59. Mj Kasz says:

    I tried silk batting in a class project and it is wonderful. I love this beautiful Japanese print.

  60. Jean says:

    Silk batting sound dreamy and of course these fabrics are ‘to die for’ so I had to come comment for the giveaway. Good luck everyone!

  61. Oh I love bird of paradise flowers – that fabric is gorgeous. 🙂

  62. Betsy says:

    I would so love to quilt with silk batting. Sounds luscious

  63. Debra Totten says:

    Silk batting sounds yummy! And yukata cloth is always a treasure. Keeping my fingers crossed….

  64. Julie says:

    Ah, to hand quilt with silk batting with lovely bird of paradise fabric—something I’d really like to try!!

  65. Laura says:

    I truly enjoy your newsletters. Thanks. I’d love to try some silk batting, which I have never seen locally. All of your fabrics are very beautiful.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win a wonderful prize.

  66. Dana Gaffney says:

    The bird of paradise is beautiful and the silk batting has really grabbed my interest, I didn’t know there was such a thing.

  67. Michele says:

    I enjoy your blog and love your fabric! Definitely plan to visit your store the next time I visit my daughter!

  68. Barbara Fidd says:

    My husband has a Bird of Paradise tattooed on his shoulder. What fun it would be to work with fabric printed with Birds of Paradise and use silk batting!

  69. Robin says:

    Beautiful fabric. I would love to try hand quilting silk fabric. Seems like it would be smooth.

  70. Nancy says:

    Thank you Patricia for honoring us with another opportunity to enter a drawing for such beautiful prizes. The bird of paradise fabric is exquisite. Thank you for sharing! I would love tthe opportunity to try quilting with a silk batting.

  71. Love the Yukata fabrics and am still looking for just the right pattern or designs to use them in. Would love to have this bird of paradise fabric.

  72. Wish I were close enough to walk into your store. I will be on the look out for your going on line. The silk batting looks so luxurious and the hand dyed fabric would be a real creative kick start.

  73. Janell Baker says:

    The fabric is absolutely stunning! How fun to have a chance to win some and the silk batting that I have heard such great comments about!

  74. Lin Sierra says:

    I love Japanese designed fabrics, and also silk batting. I use it for special projects.

  75. Janet says:

    This would be a wonderful gift! Beautiful fabric.

  76. MoeWest says:

    Your fabrics are lovely! I’ve never tried silk batting either and I would love to make something with this lovely prize.

  77. SewCalGal says:

    I have heard good things about silk batting, but have never had the opportunity to create with it. Would love to try it.


  78. Pat says:

    What beautiful fabric!

  79. Lee says:

    Such amazing fabric! thank you!

  80. Florence says:

    So generous. Would love to work with the silk batting and the Yukata cloth is beautiful!

  81. Mary says:

    I would love to try the silk batting. I use warm and natural now.

  82. jeanie Low says:

    Yukata and silk batting. please be mine

  83. Debbie M says:

    The colors of these fabrics are gorgeous!

  84. Ann Hudson says:

    Such beautiful fabric! Have always had a soft spot for vintage yukata. Have never tried silk batting, would love to win this wonderful giveaway so I can give it a try! >^,,^<

  85. Lydia Reading says:

    I had a beautiful Okan yukata cotton on hand when I helped my 9 yo granddaughter make a short kimono top when she visited this past summer. I received the sweetest thank you note from her in which she said she wears the kimono often. She looked quite adorable in it. We also stamped and dyed fabric. If I won the Hobbs, I would use the silk batting to make a quilt for her using the fabric she created. The yard of Japanese fabric would get put to good use also.

  86. Myra Ramos says:

    Each wall hanging I make with your yukata fabric is lovelier than the one before. This bird of paradise fabric is stunning!

  87. Sam McI says:

    have not yet used silk batt- though would love to give it a whirl – and what can I say – bird of paradise, heaven!

  88. Patricia Espinosa says:

    I have heard about silk batting but have never had the opportunity to use it. I am moving that to the top of my to-do list! The fabrics are absolutely stunning and I hope to be able to sew with them on a regular basis and also hope to get to attend one of your retreats one day.

  89. suzi leong says:


  90. Carol W says:

    I did not know they make silk batting, would like to try it; love yukata fabrics and have a few panels and your pattern, and working its way up the ladder of projects.

  91. Gill says:

    I would love to try silk batting!

  92. Melissa says:

    Love the bird of paradise. They are in full bloom at the moment. Silk batting sounds amazing.

  93. Always great seeing your posts!

  94. Would love to try the silk batting! Love Japanese fabrics!!!

  95. Dea says:

    This fabric is making my mouth water!

  96. Kris Koponen says:

    The meaning of bird of paradise is Joyfulness and Magnificence. Your magnificiant collection of Yuccata cottons fills your blog followers with joy, myself included! I will put silk batting on my supply list! Would love to try it on my next quilt!

  97. Sarah says:

    What a luxurious giveaway!

  98. Judy Morrison says:

    I have been using cotton batting and wanting to try wool or silk on one of my next quilts.

  99. Cheri Searles says:

    I have never used silk batting…would love to though!! thank you for the giveaway.

  100. Madhu says:

    What gorgeous fabric! Have never used silk batting, love the opportunity to try it!

  101. Trudi Rammelkamp says:

    Silk batting, yum! Cotton would be nice, too.

  102. Karina Eichmann says:

    I had no idea there was silk batting!

  103. Eddi says:

    I am totally inspired to curve cut my stash of yukata, my favorite quilting fabric.

  104. april zemke says:

    I enjoy reading your blog and seeing your beautiful fabrics.

  105. Marlene jensch says:

    Love silk thread, would love to try silk batting. Thanks for opportunity to win such a great gift.

  106. Tesi Vaara says:

    Super awesome to have the opportunity to win such fine fabric!

  107. auschick says:

    That fabric is beautiful! No idea what I would do with it if I won…. look at it for a while I think 🙂

  108. Janet says:

    Love silk batting! Feels so extravagant.

  109. Patty says:

    Silk batting is on my list to try,and the fabric is beautiful! Thank you.

  110. Val Martinson says:

    Gorgeous fabrics; hope to have the opportunity to try silk batting since I have not used it before.

  111. Sue O'Donnell says:

    Love your fabrics and now a chance to win this batting and more fabric! Yeah!

  112. NancyB from Many LA says:

    What nice prizes – thanks for the chance to win!

  113. Patsy Carlson says:

    Beautiful fabric. I would love to try the silk batting.

  114. Connie Levy says:

    Wish I lived closer so I could visit your shop and attend Joe’s presentation.

  115. Kathy Mayeda says:

    From one who cherishes the yukata I bought in Japan! Good stuff. Silk batting sounds lovely.

  116. Paulette says:

    Love the soft drape of Silk batting.

  117. Suzanne Kjelland says:

    I want to come visit your shop!

  118. Cathi says:

    I love that Tuscany silk batting – it makes hand quilting an absolute joy. The fabric looks stunning!

  119. Amy L says:

    I would love to try silk batting. And I’m watching your website to see when the online store opens.

  120. Piroska says:

    Totally fabulous fabric! Thanks for the giveaway!

  121. Diane Beavers says:

    Thank you for enlightening me about the chusen process.
    Truly adds such depth to the fabric/print.
    Thank you for sharing

  122. Betsy Donahue says:

    Would love to try the silk batting in a baby quilt I am planning. And the yukata fabric is beautiful. Thanks again for the inspiration.

  123. Sue Kaufman says:

    I have wanted to try silk batting! Your fabric is beyond lovely. Thank you for this offer!

    Sue Kaufman

  124. Peg Swartzman says:

    I guess I need to have computer instruction! I love your fabrics…haven’t finished anything yet… And your posts about artist’s and your travels are inspiring!

  125. Mandy says:

    I’ve wanted to try silk batting for ages! I would love to work with this combo of fabric and batting.

  126. Linda Hall says:

    Silk batts quilt wonderfully and would feel even more luxurious covered with beautiful Japanese fabric.

  127. Natalie Robinson says:

    Hi… I have seen and am now an owner of some Yukata cottons and am a new fan! Thanks Patricia!

  128. Kathy Ray says:

    The colors in the yakata cotton is just stunning!

  129. Christina in Cleveland says:

    Wow, what a great idea! I hope to get a chance to use this very very cool batting. Thanks for the opportunity!

  130. Ann Genaske says:

    I have always wanted to try silk batting. And the yukata cotton! It takes my breath away.

  131. Norma Weeks says:

    I am an old “Polio Survivor” and am losing quite a bit of arm/hand strength so I now work mostly on wall hangings instead of large quilts. The silk batting would be so easy to sew and since I always embellish everything I make the exquisite Bird of Paradise fabric has my mind absolutely whirling with ideas.

  132. Marlene says:

    This sounds like it might be wonderful in wearable art.

  133. Mary Helen in OR says:

    This is such a lovely and generous offer. I would love to use the silk batting.

  134. suzi leong says:

    silk…so strong, cool in summer, warm in winter..
    would love to win this.

  135. Beth Schnellenberger says:

    I have never tried silk batting, but I would LOVE to. I’d also love to see the silk fabric in person and think I could find a good use for it! Thanks for the great giveaway.

  136. Jackie G. Gaskins says:

    I have been saving my silk fabrics for a special project.
    Winning your silk batting would be just the right final touch to inspire me to get started. I would be most grateful.

  137. Rhoda says:

    I have never tried to quilt with silk fabric or batting but it’s in my plan now!

  138. Laura Tawney says:

    Oh my gosh that vintage piece is wonderful with the Bird of Paradise on it. I haven’t used silk batting before so that would be a fun experiment. Your fabrics are delightful and when BPQuilters had you at their meeting it was so fun to see all of your fabrics and hear about your travels.

  139. Cheryl says:

    What a treat to try silk batting and that gorgeous Yukara!
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  140. Claudia says:

    Here in Germany it is a cold and grey today. But it is really a great day to win this wonderful giveaway 🙂
    Greetings from across the ocean!

  141. Carol says:

    Love it – pick me… Pick me!

  142. Paulette Clayton says:

    love that Bird of Paradise print. Perfect for Hawaiian quilting projects.

  143. Vicki H says:

    Wonderful giveaway, thanks.

  144. Sandy K says:

    Would love to try the silk batting.

  145. Bev Mabry says:

    Have never tried the silk batting but it sounds really great. And Japanese fabric, to die for!

  146. Karen Murphy says:

    I’ve never used silk batting – would love to win this! And of course the Yukata cotton!

  147. Sheelagh says:

    Beautiful Yukata cotton fabric and silk batting make a wonderful
    prize! Enjoying your newsletter – always interesting and

  148. carol n says:

    I would love to try this batting, but it is pricey, so Thanks!

  149. Jessica says:

    Oooh–I just came across your giveaway and thought I’d put in for a last-minute entry. I love yukata fabric!

  150. audrey says:

    What a great giveaway! I would love to try the silk batting and the fabric is just beautiful.:)