Creative Quilts :: Okan Arts

arty + curvy

Since the summer of 2007 I’ve been mesmerized by the magic of cutting up fabric and sewing it back together. My favorite fabrics are usually found objects—especially vintage Japanese yukata cottons. As I’ve refined my quilting skills, I’ve focused on added curves to my quilt composition—complex pieced curves and inserted curves.

I’ve taught curved piecing across the US and Canada, and in the UK. Typically I’m hired by guilds, museums, retreat centers and shops to teach my techniques in two-day and week-long workshops. To learn about my upcoming workshops +click here
~ Patricia Belyea

I Will Love You Forever and Ever

58″ x 58″ 2019 :: Quilt by Patricia Belyea
Vintage Japanese yukata cottons and contemporary solids

I Will Love You Forever and Ever was made by inserting curved design elements into a background grid of large blocks.The quilting was stitched with a Sashiko 2 sewing machine by Victoria Stone with some hand stitching in the central area.

Leaf & Berry

38″ x 46″ 2018 :: Quilt by Patricia Belyea
Vintage Japanese yukata cottons and contemporary solids

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.

Babbling
Babbling quilt by Patricia Belyea

41″ x 51″ 2012 :: Quilt by Patricia Belyea
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.

Tangled Garden
Tangled Garden quilt by Patricia Belyea

28″ x 36″ 2012 :: Quilt by Patricia Belyea
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.