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the first patricia retreat

the first patricia retreat

By Patricia Belyea

UNION WA  Earlier this month, ten adventuresome quilters ventured to Harmony Hill Retreat Center for an immersive Inserted Curves experience. Just as everyone enjoyed the Sunday night Welcome Dinner, a magical flurry of snow covered the farm-style campus.

Monday and Tuesday were spent inserting curved design elements into 21″ nine-patches. These central pieced units were then double-bordered to make 35″ square quilt tops. Many of the participants chose to use Workshop Kits from Okan Arts that provided five indigo over-dyed yukata cottons and two solids.

Take a look at the people and projects:

In the last two days of the Retreat, the students moved to a larger-sized project and the challenge of creating an overall quilt composition.

The Retreat ended with a family-style breakfast on Friday morning. The Storm of the Century, predicted to arrive by mid-day, encouraged a few to leave early to beat the promised blizzards. I drove back to my home in Seattle, arriving just as the first snowflake fluttered down.

If learning about my Inserted Curves technique sounds appealing, please join me for a Week-Long Workshop this coming September. We will be gathering in the historic town of La Conner, just north of Seattle, for a fun and creative experience. The workshop is open to beginning and advanced quilters. For more info, please +click here

The following photo shows my latest Inserted Curves project. Titled Paradise Found, the quilt top measures 60″ X 72″. Number 12 in a series of 21 quilts, it’s the first time I’ve used patterned fabric in my Inserted Curves. To see more of this series, +click here for the first nine, and +click here for the next two.


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7 comments to “the first patricia retreat”

  1. JamieS says:

    Your students do beautiful work and your work is magical!

  2. Shasta Matova says:

    I like how these projects look so different even though they are doing the same technique! Beautiful!

    • Patricia Belyea says:

      Shasta—I consider your comment to be a wonderful compliment. There are no patterns in my workshops so students have the opportunity to make something similar to the workshop samples or to do something a little different. PB

  3. Janet C. Wright says:

    Looks wonderful. I am looking forward to May and working with the inserted curves–second time around.

  4. LeeAnn says:

    Wow! Each student’s work is unique and stunning!

    • Patricia Belyea says:

      LeeAnn—Can you believe that one student knew how to use a sewing machine but had never worked on a quilt project before? She came with her sister, planning to read a few books. Ha! Hopefully she will go home and not stop stitching fabric together! PB