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East-Meets-West Quilts: Explore Improv with Japanese-Inspired Designs

Combine improv with Japanese fabrics to make out-of-the-ordinary quilts—by Patricia Belyea


Rowenta Pro Master 1700-Watt Steam Iron with Stainless Steel Soleplate, 400-Hole

A great iron with 400 holes to produce incredible overall steam

Rowenta Perfect Steam 1800-Watt Steam Iron Station with Stainless Steel Soleplate, 400-Hole

Here’s the iron that’s used in the Okan Arts studio because of its 47-oz reservoir and tremendous steam power

Brabantia Super Stable XL Professional Ironing Board

Who would have thought that an ironing board could make that big of a difference for your experience of pressing? Deluxe!


Aurifil East-Meets-West Thread Set, 10 Small Spools

A Patricia Belyea collection—Aurifil 50 wt cotton thread for piecing and stitching-in-the-ditch

Fons & Porter Portable  Design Wall

Hang this 60″ x 72″ plasticized flannel panel on your sewing room wall to make it an instant design studio!

Clover Fine Patchwork Pins, 100 Per Pack

The perfect pins for curved piecing—the right length in a fine weight

Clover Seam Ripper

The world’s best seam ripper—easy to hold, sharp as a samurai sword


Kwik Klip with Brass Tip

For saving your fingers when pin basting

Dritz Size 2 Curved Safety Pins, Nickel-plated Steel, 40 Ct.

A good all-round size and curved for pin basting

Suction Handle

Although this looks like a safety aid, it’s the best suction grip for your 24″ gridded ruler

Omnigrip Non-Slip Ruler, 8 1/2″ X 24″

This is the ruler you need for The Cutting Dance when making Hachi Quilts from Patricia’s book, East-Meets-West Quilts (see above)

Olfa Deluxe 60mm Rotary Cutter

Go big for the ease of cutting swiftly and through many layers, plus an ergomatic handle

Hobbs Heirloom Batting, Natural Unbleached Cotton with Scrim, 90″ x 108″

Recommended for making Hatchi Quilts as you can stitch the batting 8″ apart

Olfa 60mm Tungsten Steel Rotary Blades, Pack of 5

A package of five sure beats the price of a single pack

Quilters Hangup Pleated Quilt Sleeve, Natural

Quilters Hangup Pleated Quilt Sleeve, Black

This isn’t cheating, it’s brilliant—spend your time being creative, not making a quilt sleeve

Rowenta Non-Toxic Stainless Steel Soleplate Cleaner Kit for Steam Irons

Use with your hot iron—very effective for removing gunk on your soleplate

Grandma’s Secret Spot Remover, 2-Ounce

This stain remover has been a life saver

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