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. ~ Patricia Belyea
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Leaf & Berry
Leaf & Berry is made with five component pieces that were pieced together to make a final composition. The quilting was stitched with a Sashiko 2 sewing machine by Victoria Stone.