Artisan Quilts :: Okan Arts

artisan = arty + handcrafted

Since the summer of 2007 I have been mesmerized by the magic of cutting up fabric and sewing it back together. My favorite fabrics are usually found objects—vintage, global, recycled and hand-dyed treasures. In recent years, I’ve focused on using Japanese yukata cottons.

Healing Garden
Healing Garden quilt by Patricia Belyea

52″ x 55″ 2011 :: Gifted to Faye Fentiman
Made with vintage Japanese yukata cottons.

How ironic that a Director of Communications would suffer from a brain aneurysm and lose her words. Healing Garden was made for my friend Faye who is fighting every day to get her normal life back.

Peony Samurai
Peony Samurai quilt by Patricia Belyea

63″ x 52″ 2011 :: Gifted to Joseph Lane
Made with vintage Japanese yukata cottons.

This quilt was created for my generous brother-in-law Joseph who lives in Wellington, New Zealand. Working with silk batting, I machine stitched the Peony Samurai with orange DMC machine-embroidery thread.

Floating World
Floating World quilt by Patricia Belyea

40″ x 40″ 2011 :: Sample Quilt
Made with vintage Japanese yukata cottons.

Each quadrant of this small quilt is made with the same six yukata cottons, combined in a different configuration. Made as a sample, Floating World is used in my Doodle Piecing workshops.

Babbling
Babbling quilt by Patricia Belyea

41″ x 51″ 2012 :: Sample Quilt
Made with vintage Japanese yukata cottons.

This quilt is inspired by Toroda Creek that flows through our property in the Okanogan Highlands. I hand quilted Babbling using five different colored threads in a folksy stitching pattern.

Babbling has been included in three shows: Seattle Modern Quilt Guild, July 2012; APWQ, August 2012 and La Conner Quilt Festival, October 2012.

Tangled Garden
Tangled Garden quilt by Patricia Belyea

28″ x 36″ 2012 :: Sample Quilt
Made with vintage Japanese yukata cottons.

Tangled Garden was designed to show other quilters ways to combine busy Japanese patterns. It’s made from simple doodles and freezer paper patterns. The bright squares in the border are reverse fussy-cut—utilizing the background color of the Japanese floral prints.

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