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four spring giveaways!

four spring giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea

FIRST DAY OF SPRING! This month Okan Arts is giving away four yards of vintage yukata cotton paired with three spools of floss by Aurifil. There are four giveaways, each valued at $77.50.

The yukata cottons, bursting with floral patterns to celebrate the season, were hand-dyed in small workshops over 20 years ago! The 6-strand threads, Aurifloss, are made with 100% long staple cotton. The threads can used straight off the wooden spools or divided into separate strands—depending on your desired hand-stitch look.

Hand-dyed floral patterns on yukata cottons (R TO L): gold lilies on fresh teal, pink camellias on gold, stylized roses on grass green, and mauve/gold lilies on classic pink.

Hand-dyed floral patterns on yukata cottons (R TO L): red peonies on peachy beige, blue and yellow iris on pale blue, mauve camellias on sage green, and violet lilies on soft pink.

Hand-dyed floral patterns on yukata cottons (R TO L): red clematis on light blue, rainbow hydrangea on pale green, bouquets of flowers on old green, and magenta camellias on pastel teal.

Hand-dyed floral patterns on yukata cottons (R TO L): purple iris on rosy gray, pink/yellow hydrangea on cloudy-day gray, pink carnations and a gray grid graphic on mint green, and forest green/white bamboo on salmon.

Okan Arts imports the vintage textiles from Japan. Both myself and my daughter Victoria Stone invite you to visit our shop in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.

Please email ahead ( to arrange an appointment. We look forward to welcoming you to the largest collection of vintage yukata cotton outside Japan, plus bolts of kimono wools, kimono, obi, and more!

Or shop online at Hundreds of yukata cotton patterns are available and all ship out with a flat rate.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. The winners are Alice R of Torrance CA, Nancy H of Sunset Beach NC, Kelli H of New Plymouth ID, and Melissa L of Bellingham WA.

To participate in the Spring giveaway, answer this question in the Comment Box below: How will your quilting momentum change with this new season?

HOW THIS GIVEAWAY WORKS: The Spring 2018 giveaway drawing will be held at midnight PST on April 15, 2018. Okan Arts Giveaways are open to US residents (sorry to my Canadian and international friends), 18 and older, void where prohibited. One entry per person. Four lucky winners will be chosen with a random number drawing for the yukata cottons from Okan Arts and the Aurifil floss. The winners will be notified within 24 hours. Each winner must respond within one week of notification or her/his giveaway will be forfeited. A list of Okan Arts giveaway winners can be obtained at any time from Okan Arts. Thanks for participating!

Below: The Art of Flowers, a quilt by Patricia Belyea, from the book East-Meets-West Quilts.  Photo by Kate Baldwin

Thank you Aurifil for the donation of the floss threads!

Please note that Okan Arts received no compensation for this giveaway.

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278 comments to “four spring giveaways!”

  1. Buffie Lorah says:

    These are truly beautiful sets of fabrics! I am looking forward to spring and have pulled some brights and florals to bring me out of a snowy slump! The colors make me happy for all of the fresh buds and scents of spring!

  2. karen b says:

    Now that holidays are over and visiting relatives back home, travel coming up later in the year, this is the perfect time to spend a lot of time with my machine. I always get a lot of quilting/sewing done at this time of year. I finish various projects begun before the holidays and start new ones.

  3. Connie says:

    Spring brings refreshed energy & ideas. More quilting will follow.

  4. Robin Shilman says:

    Just like spring cleaning I get more projects done this time of year.

  5. Spring means renewal. I’m looking forward to the natures rebirth in beautiful blooms and scents.

  6. Annie Becker says:

    I plan to take some classes and learn new techniques to enhance my ability to create more artful quilts.

  7. Jane says:

    Japanese fabrics are my favorites

  8. Marilynn Hagan says:

    Spring gets me inspired to clear out the clutter and let the creative juices flow! It’s a fresh new outlook! These fabrics are the perfect starting point!

  9. diana short says:

    This spring I’m working on sashiko blocks. A new focus for me .

  10. Gail Willett says:

    I would like to experiment using your fabrics.

  11. Linda Andrews says:

    Yucatán fabrics from your collections could reinspire my quilting this spring. The gorgeous colors and flower patterns sing of spring.

  12. Kathy Collins says:

    These fabrics are beautiful!!! Spring is my favorite season. Everything is fresh and new and I always want to clean and declutter and make fresh and colorful quilts to celebrate the season.

  13. Deb Woolley says:

    Color literally explodes in spring. Inspiration is to be gained from a walk in the park and carried into the studio. The season arrives after a year of natural disasters and we take a deep breath and shake the cobwebs. Rich color work will drive this spring.

  14. Alice Ronne says:

    I’m inspired by your collections of beautiful fabrics. After spring arriving today, I’m coming out of my “hibernation” and expect to make progress everyday on my quilting/sewing projects. Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. Carol Fish says:

    I hope to sew more after my recovery from rotator cuff surgery.

  16. Cheryl Wittmayer says:

    There will be no change. I create every day, and WILL NOT STOP!

  17. Cathy Spanish says:

    I love the longer days that spring brings with daylight saving time. I cleaned my sewing room a couple of weeks ago. Just bought your book ” East Meets West”! I love it. Even made a Hatchi style quilt.. and I must say it was the most fun I’ve had in sewing in a while! I finished a quilt top y aterday that I started a year and a half ago. And, I’m prepping and planing quilts for the year for various occasions. However, I have lots of top quilting to do. I love spring sewing, and working to do as much as I can while it’s wet out, so I can then hit the yard!

  18. Mrs. Plum says:

    I’m back to working on a 6 year project. Even after all this time, I’m quite excited about it. Thank you for the chance to win a set of those lovely fabrics.

  19. Dee G. says:

    I hope to “Spring” into action and get some of my WIPs finished!
    Thank you!

  20. Glenda Hollander says:

    I’m brand new to the quilt world, so everything that I do is slow going. I hope to be able to do some quilting outside on our deck, which has electricity.
    As soon as the weather warms up in the morning I will set that up. Fun, fresh air and lots of sunny days ahead. Can’t wait!

  21. Wow, one group of fabrics is more beautiful than the next. How could one choose? I am both working aggressively to finish laggards and also doing more small improv pieces.

  22. Betty Vincent says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to comment on this spring fabric and win to sew for the upcoming quilt shows. Now that spring is here, I am inspired to get busy sewing.

  23. Corinne says:

    I’m just finishing up a big complicated quilt project so the new season will hopefully bring more time to just play.

  24. Patti A. says:

    Oh my gosh what beautiful colors.I would love to start a new project with them. I guess with the new spring arriving today I should start a new lap quilt to brighten our family room.

  25. Karen Friedrichs says:

    To be more focused!

  26. K Jill Varnell says:

    To finish projects before startIng anything else!

  27. Peggy L Calvert says:

    Spring always makes me feel lighter and brighter and my textile projects reflect that.
    I so enjoy your blog! Thanks for the inspirational words!

  28. Julie says:

    Cleaning out the unfinished projects to make room for fresh new projects using new fabrics.

  29. Marilynn Dondero-Rich says:

    This week is a retreat for me, so sewing every day. A great way to enter in to spring! And not having to make meals, more time to jump right into work!

  30. Audrey says:

    Such gorgeous fabrics! Now that its springtime I’ll have a few free evenings when my husband & son are at away baseball games. I’m already eyeing lighter, springier colors.

  31. suzi leong says:

    following the saying….falling back and springing forward…all the flowers are coming up
    and signaling a new start, a new season to sew.

  32. Valerie Lau says:

    More sunshine, more energy for new projects! Beautiful Yukata.

  33. Shirley Whitcomb says:

    Spring is always a time of renewal- a time to set my sights on new fresh patterns and brightly colored fabrics. All four colorways are perfect examples.

  34. Karen Krueger says:

    As the days get longer, the sun comes out and the earth warms, I become inspired to design and quilt. Ideas which have been dormant gain momentum and get translated into quilts.

  35. Marit says:

    My quilting momentum will change this season by increasing from never having made a quilt on my own to making a quilt for my good friend’s first biological baby. After 7 ectopic pregnancies and miscarriages, 2 adoptions, and a crazy journey, she’s finally due with her first biological baby. So exciting. I’m going from 0-60 with quilting and have some really cool ideas. After making a couple dresses lately, I’m ready for this project!

  36. Barbara Kampas says:

    After four nor’easters in the month of March one yearns for the perennials to bloom, which will probably be a bit later this year due to all the piles of snow. Planning to create with fabric that fosters a ‘new beginning’ as is represented in the lovely blooms found in each group of yukatas displayed in your post.

  37. Sheryl Ramstad says:

    Spring energizes me and makes me want to use lots of flowery pastel fabrics!

  38. Jmj says:

    maybe less time to quilt with the nice weather and gardening I hope to be outside more. But I’ll be planning quilts in my head and sew on rainy days

  39. Karen A says:

    I’m working on completing a project each month and so far I am on track. Hope to keep it moving through 2018.

  40. Laurie Jacobs says:

    I find taking a class on a new technique or getting new fabrics helps me. Also, expecting new grandchildren to make quilts for is a great incentive.

  41. Ellee says:

    The beautiful weather is refreshing and invigorating. I have already gotten started on several new projects with a renewed energy.

  42. Kate says:

    I try to spend at least a few hours or more a week sewing. I currently teach kids to sew and adults quilting so I’m lucky to have so much sewing inspiration in my life.

  43. Teresa Duryea Wong says:

    Spring is Houston means the one time of year when we have beautiful weather. I am planning a new hand-stitched project to take on a driving trip this summer. The new season inspires new creative thoughts.

  44. Kris says:

    Spring is my favourite season so with its begin I will start doing embroidery and patchwork using pastels or bright colours and I will bake yummy berry delicacies and baisers:)))

  45. Donna Conklin says:

    I love Soring because it means I can take my featherweight machine out on the screened lanai to sew. I love watching the birds fly overhead while I sew and looking at my garden. I hand quilt too so I spend a lot of time out there! Need to make the oldest grandchild (7) a new quilt and she lives color!

  46. Patricia Molinari says:

    Recently I purchased your new book and just love it. I also purchased some of your yukata fabrics and can’t wait to start a new project. This spring will be the first time I’ll use these fabrics and I must say they really inspire me.

  47. Janie M says:

    Wow! How beautiful are these fabrics! I would be so grateful and delighted, if I am one of the four chosen. Thank you for a stunning giveaway.

  48. Trudi Rammelkamp says:

    I’m planning to move away from bed quilts, a little, and back to clothing, still quilting.

  49. Sue Dillon says:

    My quilting slows down a bit in the spring as I want to be out doors all the time

  50. Bonnie Cooper says:

    Beautiful fabrics. I hope to keep up the momentum I have as I have lots of projects running around in my head.

  51. Denise Lentini says:

    Quilting may slow down a bit as it will be garden time (if the snow ever melts!) But we get enough rainy days(supposedly more than Seattle) to keep me indoors to work on quilt projects.

  52. Michelle Weatherson says:

    Warmer weather and longer days seems to fuel my enthusiasm for creating. An art quilt I started over the Christmas holidays stalled…but I know that come Spring, I’ll find the energy to finish it.

  53. Kris Bryant says:

    My quilting momentum seems to increase in the spring as I try to complete the projects I started all winter. The brighter light seems to give those “old” projects new life. I’ve had to cut down on my gardening just to keep up with the quilting.

  54. Meriul says:

    I am committed to finish three unfinished projects this spring!! What an opportunity to empty a shelf and feel accomplished!!

  55. Cindy Chock says:

    The perfect antidote to yet another nor’easter slamming the east coast. Getting out the pastels and brights and thinking about the next step.

  56. Gloria says:

    Spring is a time to focus on completing two quilt tops. I will be adding the backing, batting and decorative stitching. Both tops are bright and colorful so they match the season.

  57. Ali says:

    Such gorgeous fabrics are so inspiring!!! Thanks for the chance!!!

  58. Jackie says:

    Spring quilting all the tops I made this winter.

  59. Joan says:

    My quilting direction is towards crazy quilting with embroidery. I have used kimono fabric in these blocks. Colors will go lighter, floral motifs in stitcher.

  60. Beatrice Kalle says:

    Beautiful fabric, like all of it.

  61. cynthia rosner says:

    As the year turns towards spring and summer I do less quilting because I like to work outside in my flower garden.

  62. Diane says:

    Beautiful fabrics! I’m getting started on spring cleaning goals to organize my sewing space in hopes to amp up the quilting momentum. It’s too cluttered right now so I haven’t been motivated to get started on anything.

  63. Louise Cheever says:

    You are new to m e and I am very excited to find you. Spring is always the beginning of my quilting and art year. We go home to Washington from our winter stay in Arizona and I starting thinking of new projuects

  64. Aime Augsburg says:

    There are two good reasons that my quilting momentum will rev up this spring. I’m so excited! First, I’m retiring April 30! Time to sew galore. AND I have (as of THIS morning) my first grandchild! Thank you for the opportunity! Aime

  65. TAMI says:

    Newly divorced, New house, New beginning means more time for quilting!

  66. Barbara Hancock says:

    Now that spring is here, my quilting projects are starting to get into high gear. My most productive time of the year is spring and fall. I have two projects using vintage and new Japanese cloth to complete. Would love to add one of these four groups to my projects..

  67. Diane I McElmury says:

    Absolutely stunning line of fabrics that I had no idea were available! As I’m newly retired I’m developing new skills that I didn’t previously have time for. Working with these fabrics would continue to increase my quilting knowledge. The possibilities are endless.

  68. Geri Prentice says:

    I plan to spring ahead to a beautiful hummingbird appliqué project. I love hearing about your shop, will visit next time I am on the west side.

  69. Sharon Lynn says:

    The Yucata fabrics are all so beautiful. It would be difficult to decide which to purchase. Aurifil is the only thread I use.

  70. Maret Anderson says:

    It is time for me to slow down, put the brakes on and enjoy the process. I am putting away my sewing machine and working on my hand sewing needle art. This will give me time to notice what is happening outside my window. Thank you for the opportunity to win these gorgeous fabrics and threads. ~Maret

  71. gmagpabooth says:

    I am doing to Seattle in May. I feel a need to come see all your pretty fabrics. Can’t wait.

  72. Katrine Eagling says:

    It better pick up, because I have so many projects waiting to be finished and am wanting to create new stuff.

  73. Daisy Rae says:

    My senses are awaken and colors and patterns swirl round in my head ready to be created into quilts.

  74. Linda Cartwright says:

    I would love to learn paper piecing.
    This fabric is beautiful.

  75. Linda A says:

    Thank you for this wonderful giveaway!

  76. Karen M says:

    My quilting momentum will change not because of a change in the seasons but because I’m retiring at the end of March! I’m looking forward to having more sewing time and also more time outside, going for walks and bike rides. I also hope to finish the quilt I started in a class I took from you 3 years ago!

  77. Carol Madsen says:

    I love these fabrics. I have some from a time you visited our guild in contra costa. I think its time to use them.

  78. Susan Zakanycz says:

    I want to just keep sewing, making things and use my creativity to the best of my ability!

  79. Sue O’donnell says:

    After sewing with batiks all winter, the fresh and soft colors of the yukata fabrics will be a most welcome change

  80. Jackie Iglehart says:

    I am working on a Japanese wall quilt named “Golden Gingko” that will be on display for sale at a local art gallery. I’m pushing myself to quilt it to a higher standard, growing my skills. Most of the fabrics are Japanese cottons. I hope to finish it by end of April. I also signed up for my FIRST mystery quilt with the Kaffe Fassett Collective and I look forward to that too! LOVE your fabrics!

  81. Beth says:

    Still looks like winter here in the Northeast! I am hand quilting a very cheery bright block of the month that I hope to have finished for my club’s show next spring.

  82. Suzanna Moore says:

    With Spring comes energy and rebirth….longer days, shorter nights. More time to appreciate the feel of fibers through your fingers.

  83. Joanne says:

    I fear that with spring comes a huge temptation to spend all my time outdoors, which really puts a crimp in my quilting.

  84. Michele Wallace says:

    We had back-to-back snows yesterday and today so I am ready for spring. This year, my quilt will be finished. I have never slept under one of my quilts. I have collected fabrics for some time now and it took a long time to make a decision about the pattern. I have completed the top and am creating the back now. It will be a reversible quilt. I also found a quilt kit that is named after my mother, Lotus. Jenny Byers designs are amazing and I will get that one going as soon as mine is complete.I look forward to getting one one going. I don’t have UFO’s. When I start a project, I finish it before starting another. Unless, there are new babies on the way. Those are easy to work into the creating space/time.

  85. Lanetta says:

    When weather warms quilting slows down. I do try to keep my BOM’s up to date. The fabric is beautiful.

  86. Sandymag says:

    Now that daylight savings time is here there is extra time to sew either beautiful Japanese fabrics! Let the creating begin!!

  87. Karen Smith says:

    November got me going finishing up a lot of small projects that had been hanging around. I’m finishing up a project now that’s been mired down for the last year and a half. Ideas for the next quilt are forming in my head.

  88. Jamie Scheibach says:

    With more daylight, I feel renewed creativity and more energy. Your fabrics are fresh and inspiring.

  89. Nancy Horsley says:

    Beautiful fabric sets! This spring, my fabric color choices will lighten and more florals will begin to appear in my quilts.

  90. Pip says:

    This spring will bring flowers of all shapes, colors and sizes to my quilting, and each palette could become a world of it’s own. The original artist who created all the flowers of nature is proving again this spring to me, that flowers are the height of beauty and that inspiration cannot be ingnored!

  91. Wendy Martin says:

    I will probably be quilting less during the day (unless it rains). We have over 6 acres to take care of and during the warm weather it never ends. So it will be mostly night time quilting as long as I am not too tired.

  92. Martha Wacker says:

    Having recently visited Okan Arts and had an amazing tour by Patricia and Victoria (who gave generously of their time and ideas) I am inspired to make a quilt with the fabric I purchased; as well as hoping to attend Patricia’s workshop in Hawaii this fall.

  93. Deb F says:

    After months of cold weather, I tend to want to spend time outside and it does slow down my quilting. Rainy evenings and weekends (work does limit my sewing time) allows me to create with some new florals. I hope to visit your shop when we come to Seattle to see family.

  94. Jerie Clark says:

    I plan to try to do more small journaling quilts to try several embellishment ideas I have been working on including beads and metals with alcohol ink.

  95. Mary D says:

    I know my quilting momentum will change starting when the weather warms a bit as I will be outside running in the park. I really want to run a half marathon this year so training must start.

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  96. Peggy Johnson says:

    Winter is always a busy season here due to all the ‘snowbirds’ that come to spend the cold winter months here. Big sigh now that spring is here and momentum builds as the days grow longer with time to begin a new project that incorporates hand stitching.

  97. Mona Lowe says:

    Love Japanese fabrics! My plans for Spring are to finish the projects I spent all Winter starting.

  98. Maurine says:

    Have several tops I finished. Hope to get them quilted this spring. So that I can make more tops over the summer.

  99. Pam Weiss says:

    This spring a sense of restlessness stirs me to tidy and organize my quilting space. I am inclined to finish a couple of older projects, but oh so ready to put a new project up on the design wall!

  100. Sharon S says:

    I just ran across your site! I love these fabrics and am so glad I found you. I can’t wait to make a beautiful, bright quilt!

  101. Kimberly Anne Brandt says:

    I love to be outside in Spring to see nature come back to life so my quilting does slow down, but my spirit is busy being inspired by nature to make my next beautiful creation in fabric when time allows. Thanks so much for the chance to win and Happy Sewing!

  102. Judy Maggio says:

    I am always inspired by the warming weather and the trees budding. I am an accountant/tax preparer, so this season allows no spare moments for design. I am always ready to start creating once April 15th is over.

  103. kathy jurevicius says:

    Spring cleaning usually includes tiding up my studio. The big box of fabrics that have been pulled from my stash while creating winter projects are happily returned to their color families, awaiting future projects!

  104. Valerie Kobayashi says:

    With the arrival of warmer dryer weather I must finish the quilts I started! I am planning a new quilt inspired br Patricia book! Thank you!

  105. ROBIN SHEPARD says:

    With Spring here and more daylight evening hours I’ll feel more like quilting and sewing in the evenings. Yaa! Now if it would just get warmer too. Love all the vintage yukata patterns. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

  106. I will be using lighter colors and lighter fabrics.

  107. Alice Dyer says:

    I absolutely love Japanese fabrics, designs and learning more about Japanese quilting. Just bought the EQ8 software to help me design my own Japanese quilts where I combine sashiko and folded fabrics applications in my quilts. Would love to try my hand at a quilt designed with your “four spring giveaways”fashion fabric line.

  108. Sherry Massey says:

    Spring means quilt retreat! and ramping up time in the studio to finish up lingering projects from the winter. Thanks for the inspiration!

  109. Tamara R. says:

    This Spring I will have more time to complete my projects and study all of the quilting books I’ve purchased.

  110. Darlene Arnswald says:

    This Spring I want to create and explore using subtle — but dynamic – bursts of color into my quilts! Hello Yukata fabrics 😉

  111. Dorothy says:

    As the school year winds down, I begin to shift back to my own art work. Spring break is the first block of time I have to reconnect with projects waiting to be completed. The break allows me to have a fresh look at the work, and new solutions emerge.

  112. Lillian Martin says:

    I’m actually going to Japan and taking a sashiko class. I’m hoping to get more advanced instruction.

  113. Patricia Smith says:

    Time to finish all the projects I’ve started and waiting to be quilted.

  114. Mimi says:

    With the weather warming up and the sun giving more light, I’m planning on lighter weight fabrics and brighter colors offset with white.

  115. Janet Wright says:

    I am afraid that my momentum slows down. I want to be outside.

  116. Natosha Miller says:

    I’d be inspired this spring to create a few fun bright quilts for my family. Given them a gift from the heart and special enjoyable colors on the fabric of spring.

  117. Corinne says:

    This spring sees many babies around me (on from my nephew, others from colleagues becoming father). Then I am making simple quilts to celebrate those events but with wonderful colours. This is really a linkage with the nature rebirth and the joy in our hearth !

  118. Ray Burke says:

    I have stalled for a few months. I am now invigorated to get to work on existing quilts and I am going to move my projects up to the next skill level to raise my skills and project quality.

  119. Kathyh says:

    I don’t quilt a lot but I recently made two quilts for my son and girlfriend. A giant gingham pattern. I mostly sew little items so I am thinking of incorporating more patchwork into my creations.

  120. Emily K. says:

    I have my first ever pieces of yukata cloth from Okan Arts… Can’t wait to play with transforming them into a quilt soon!

  121. Elizabeth Eisenhood says:

    With the new season…less reliance on patterns, more improv and letting the fabrics speak (even if they speak Japanese!).

  122. Ann Hudson says:

    Spring and summer always finds me re-arranging my creative room and becoming reacquainted with my stash. All this propels me into a weeks on end newly inspired quilting adventure! 🙂 Lovely fabrics & threads, thanks for the opportunity to win some!

  123. Mary C. says:

    I want my quilting to become more spontaneous and perhaps creative at the same time, using brighter colors and added texture from surface embroidery.

  124. Lolly Schiffman says:

    Hana-fubuki, the “flower storm” of spring showers me with beauty and energy.

  125. Betsy says:

    I am drawn to the garden at this time of year….and these fabrics are so Spring and blossoming with new growth….that I can almost be in the garden even when I am sewing. Wow!

  126. Janet says:

    Spring brings a new energy with the birth of new flowers and animals. It is truly my inspiration.

  127. Teri says:

    Spring means a chance to clear the cobwebs and refresh my sewing space.

  128. marty says:

    What wonderful springiness! Making things be picking up!

  129. diane friedman says:

    I have been dormant for the past season and need to crank up with new ideas, soothing fabrics, modern ideas and I find these fabrics attractive!

  130. marlene barkley says:

    my travel to Japan ended with a lot of fabric in my bag. Also, with what I have purchased in US I finally decided it was time to create with it.. My first endeavor is almost finished and I am very pleased. Can’t wait to get going on another. The creative juices have taken over.

  131. Linda Williamson says:

    Actually, Spring means I spend less time in my sewing room and more time outside in my gardens until the heat of summer pushes me back inside. Great giveaway.

  132. Ruth Lancaster says:

    I always get a burst of energy when spring comes and want to start new projects that show off all of the flowers. I love the bright colors in group 1.

  133. Edna Stimpson says:

    I’ve just retired so I finally have time to pull out all my Japanese fabrics and try some of Patricia’s patterns.

  134. Rosalind Gutierrez says:

    The Spring season & the OMG yukata fabrics inspire me to get in gear for quilt patterns featuring flowers.

  135. Linda Sterle says:

    I no longer have a garden, so I will be quilting more spring and summer quilts and home decor items as our weather warms up. Thank You, Linda S Pewaukee, WI

  136. Judy Hartwig says:

    As soon as the weather warms, I move my quilting hoop to my screen porch.

  137. Karon A says:

    Your fabrics would make a beautiful table runner or a wall hanging.

  138. Charlene Cuhaciyan says:

    I am gearing up so that I can hopefully make stunners for the quilt shows this summer.

  139. Margot Eddy says:

    My own very-first, bucket-list textile trip to Japan in January has inspired me to do an indigo-and-white yukata quilt, but the softer pastels are now inspiring me, remembering the earliest blossoms during the snowstorm in Tokyo.

  140. Signe says:

    Revitalize. I’ve drifted away from quilting thinking I have to do the expected. I’m going to follow what makes me feel inspired. I see smaller fun projects ahead.

  141. Jo Acuff says:

    I’m ramping up my quilting this spring and into the year. I have forty something quilt top fabric, marked and ready to be cut and sewn plus a very few ufo’s that will be charity quilts and give me more practice on my longarm. I need to get them done and to the people I’ve selected them for. Most are gifts, a few are/will be for sale.

  142. Linda Fleming says:

    These wonderful fabrics brought sunshine into a wet, dull day.
    I’d love to use them in an “Art of Flowers” quilt like the one in your book.
    I was ready for a new challenge this Spring so I’m currently working on my first Mystery quilt using blues and yellows from my stash.

  143. Kathy S says:

    Brilliant spring colors, particularly the corals and gold—wearables to follow.

  144. La Veda Myers says:

    Ah, Spring! The rotation of the earth brings warmer weather to our land…and the light seems brighter! I want to celebrate surviving another year!

  145. Sandra Weimer says:

    I am so ready for spring and these fabrics are so gorgeous! My goal this year is to complete the many projects that are no quite finished.

  146. Bunny Hand says:

    Such beautiful fabrics! I get to work on my own projects now that the tourist season is over . I can slow down my pace a bit, so long as I keep preparing to teach new classes next fall

  147. Susan Mayer says:

    I love having fabric that you can use to create a one of a kind quilt…unique to you ! Patricia’s book inspires us all!

  148. V Sanders says:

    This year’s plan is to explore different methods to use my fabric stash to make quilts. The fabrics at Okan Arts are beautiful and will be used in this endeavor.

  149. Deb Totten says:

    This spring I am focusing on dedicating time to creating quilts and completing projects.

  150. Patricia Hamilton says:

    Our flowering trees, plums, pears and redbuds are blooming along with daffodils, grape hyacinths and Dutch hyacinths, Inspired by the spring beauty, it is time for me to put away the winter plaids, flannels and denims and make something with springy floral fabrics . Japanese floral prints are always the most beautiful.

  151. Barbaraben says:

    Spring is for me about renewal and rebirth – fresh ideas and fresh colors – the opportunity to try something new.

  152. Lynn McQuown says:

    For me, quilting becomes more contemplative in the lazy warm days of summer. I generally work outside, on my porch, surrounded by the dogs I tend for a living.

    The prize fabrics simply take my breath away. So exquisite.

  153. francess says:

    I love yukata becayse they are cotton. I have my collection and have worn them at home on and off. Now i am thinking of making quilt blocks to see how many 10″ blocks i can make into a bed cover, with one yukata roll (if i win!).

  154. Jean GB says:

    Now that I’m retired I have more time to quilt. I just have to remind my self that quilting is for enjoyment and not a job. So, slow down!

  155. spierssusan says:

    While it’s still cool in the mornings, I will be working in the yard! As soon as the temps start to climb, it’s inside work-quilting-in the A/C! Susan from south Mississippi!

  156. Barbara Montejo says:

    I’m hoping to finish more of my UFO’s this season.

  157. Alice Brody says:

    Spring brings light and with it a lighter and fresher palette.

  158. Lori Martinsek says:

    The colors these yucatas is inspiring! I am planning a wedding quilt for a September 1st wedding that will be a collaged heart; I plan to adjust my palette based on a couple of these prints.

  159. Gail Hammond says:

    The longer days and more sunshine will make me happier and give me more time and inclination for quilting. I hope.

  160. sue says:

    I will ramp it up! I wrote out a sewing plan for 2018. It included one baby quilt per month. This next quarter I will plan on making two per month as well as working on a seasonal quilt and finishing a UFO. I feel empowered by my success so far and the dark days of winter are behind us! Thanks for the chance to win.

  161. Teresa Ruch says:

    New spring colors always bring a sigh of relief and a growth of new ideas.

  162. Carolyn Wolf says:

    what lovely unique fabrics!

  163. Cindy K says:

    I have never used this fabric before. It’s beautiful. This spring I hope to get back to quilts I started last year and didn’t get finished. I spent the winter caring for my granddaughter as her dad was in the hospital for nearly 3 months. We spent many days quilting. She is 4 years old and making a string quilt-her 2nd quilt!

  164. Deborah Stone says:

    Spring is now, beautiful fabric, quiet calm

  165. Barb Colvin says:

    Now is the time I start planning quilting projects with winter quilting in mind. Pulling and auditioning fabrics, cutting and applique are all great spring and summer fun. I also work on small projects like table toppers as it gets warmer.

  166. Janis Silberman says:

    Each picture of your choice of fabrics is prettier than the last! A summer quilt would be the way to go!

  167. Kathie L says:

    My palette always gets brighter in the spring.

  168. Lori Cameron says:

    thank you for the opportunity to win such beautiful textiles, they are a wonderful way to celebrate Spring! I look forward to future purchases from your business!

  169. Jo Ewald says:

    New season, new cherry blossoms, new momentum..

  170. Vicki Obenhaus says:

    What beautiful fabrics! Thank you for this generous giveaway (there was no question in the comment box).

  171. Barbara A. says:

    After a winter of recovering from an injury, I am ready to get back to my machine with a springtime spring in my sewing with bright happy fabrics!

  172. Jude Swift says:

    i feel a lot more ease with using these beautiful pieces since reading east meets west quilting and have become inspired to use the techniques with some of the african wax resist fabric i have. also, your website/blogs are inspiring me to doodle. one more thing – as much as i stay away from hand quilting, i have begun to do sashiko in the hopes of starting some new quilting styles.

  173. Nancy Mack says:

    This spring I plan to revisit Kumiko Sudo’s books for inspiration to combine soft, pastel Japanese prints with more geometric, contrasting prints. My joy is in fabric selection for a planned piece or block.

  174. Mary says:

    I love looking at the fabrics and designs on your site! Inspiring!

  175. Penny Dominici says:

    Your fabrics all remind me of two principles: less is more, and flip and repeat patterns. Such graceful designs.

  176. Phyllis Singler says:

    I hope to get moving on quilting now that the sun will be shining more.

  177. caroline rohrer says:

    Spring & Summer are usually productive times for me. This year slow starting due to knee replacement surgery.

  178. Linda N says:

    Spring is when I start floral quilts, The color palette of your giveaway feels right for the season. My tempo for sewing quickens because summer comes quickly. I do pick easier projects.

  179. april zemke says:

    My momentum this year is to work on unfinished projects for family as well as for charity. Maybe that will give me more space in my sewing room. Love your fabrics and aurifil threads!

  180. Susan Thomson says:

    The yukata fabrics are so beautiful! I think it would be so much fun to quilt with them.

  181. Martha O. says:

    Biggest change for me with this season is that I start to focus on the sewing of wedding and Christmas gifts, so my fabric selections are guided by the recipients’ favorite colors and motifs.

  182. Janet Larson says:

    Spring in the Pacific Northwest brings every possible shade of green, from the yellowest green of pollen to the darkest green on the Scotch Broom before it blooms. Every year, I try to name each shade, an impossible task!

  183. Ellen Yes says:

    Spring is time when I try to complete at least one quilt to give to charity. Your fabrics are just beautiful.

  184. Laura Buchanan says:

    I love spring! Love the sounds of the birds!

  185. Cindy Brouillard says:

    Spring cleaning my quilting stash, pulling projects to work on. Just like spring cleaning the house.

  186. Judy Forkner says:

    My quilting momentum usually slows down in the spring–lots of gardening to do!

  187. Nan Jorgensen says:

    Seattle gray gives way to daffodils, tulips, plum and cherry blooms and Light! Spirits are lifted and plans and projects for a 100th birthday and travel are filled with lighter colors and prints.

  188. Judy Warner says:

    This would be an inspiring way to start spring!

  189. Gwen Weakley says:

    Here in the heartland (Kansas City), there aren’t a lot of Asian fabrics available. I’m all tingly having found not only easy access to authentic Japanese fabrics, but also a community of other lovers of these traditions.

  190. Dale Wofle says:

    All of these four giveaway packs have beautiful spring colors. Great selections! Thank you for doing this.

  191. Barbara Davies says:

    Okan Arts’ website and newsletters has taken me so deeply into the beautiful arts and crafts of Japan, both traditional and modern application of traditional techniques. I am grateful to be reacquainted with my youthful visual introduction to these delights, from my childhood saturated in Japanese-American culture in Sacramento, CA, through the extended Oki family.

  192. Lori Morton says:

    GORGEOUS fabrics!!! Thank you for chance to win your give-a-way! 🙂
    My Momentum seems to perk up as soon as the Christmas busy stops! lol Then I get antsy to create again!

  193. Quilting Jeannie Zimmerman says:

    I plan to do more quilting this year. I have pulled out projects from my stash, the goal to make quilts and reduce my stash by 2 bureau drawers! So many quilt designs on scraps of paper for them. I’d love to win these beautiful fabrics to make a beautiful lap quilt for myself!

  194. Cheryl Brady says:

    What a way to welcome Spring with these wonderful fabrics! ⛩. East Meets West has been bedtime reading for several months. Now I’m ready to dig in, inspired by the design and colors in these textiles.

  195. Vivian Roop says:

    With the sun finally shining and the days longer, this is the time for the ideas to take off.

  196. Linda Humphrey says:

    I thank all of the fabrics look beautiful and would love to win one of them. I have done a little bit of quilting on Japanese fabric and love all of the colors. I have not quilted for 2 years as I have had some medical issues and also lost my husband last Xmas eve due to a lengthly illness. So I am about ready to get back to making quilts.

  197. Kelli Hinatsu says:

    My momentum will greatly increase this spring as soon as my new quilting studio is completed! It is being sided today! I will be able to spread out and design and dye and quilt to my hearts content! I am so blessed!

  198. Pam Pontious says:

    So happy to see the spring flowers popping up. I am ready for warmer days and new ideas.

  199. Eddi Baird says:

    I need some new colors for my quilts.

  200. Mary Holshouser says:

    The fabrics are beautiful.
    I hope to do more quilting this coming
    season. I have several projects
    lined up and need to get them done
    before the holiday season returns.
    thanks for the chance to win
    these gorgeous fabrics and thread.

  201. JoAnn Freed says:

    I recently became enthralled with sashiko stitching and am broadening my horizon to incorporating that into my quilting along with the use of beautiful Japanese fabrics. Thanks for your informative newsletter.

  202. Lynn Betteridge says:

    Spring brings inspiration with blooming of our plants AND the local talents on show at our several Portland area Quilt Shows – all conspiring to increase my productivity.

  203. Yucata cottons would incorporate a new color palate into my quilting.

  204. Ann Rogers says:

    Like Mother Nature sprouting new growth this season, my energy level increases and I start producing.

  205. Patricia says:

    I have several works in progress. I hope to finish them this spring.

  206. Carolyn J. Davis says:

    Recently, I have been doing small fabric art quilts using shishiko embroidery. Finding Japanese
    fabric was my next step, this giveaway would allow me to pursue my art.

  207. Diane Johnson says:

    I am not a gardener but each spring I am recharged with beautiful new fabrics that celebrate the bursting of the season. I make more quilts in Spring than in any other season.

  208. Jan says:

    more daylight and brighter natural light make sewing so much nicer than relying on lamps or the dim winter light to see what I’m doing. I’m sure it effects color choices in the quilts I make also.

  209. Jerie Clark says:

    Spring in Montana starts late so I hope to get my current project done before I get to spend all my time in the garden

  210. MoeWest says:

    My quilting and sewing slows down when gardening season starts. It’s nice to enjoy the outdoors after a long winter.

  211. Estie says:

    Hmm…my momentum will probably remain the same although I’m sure hoping to finish up some UFOs. Would love to win those beautiful fabrics.

  212. susan says:

    Beautiful yukata inspiring quilting ideas.

  213. Melissa says:

    Delightful gift for the eyes and the spirit!

  214. Kathy Hendry says:

    Spring has sprung and my iris have bloomed. Indoors, my quilting is taking a leap toward finishes! There will be some new starts as well. I just can’t help it. Best wishes to all for a safe and happy season.

  215. Suzanne guthrie says:

    Spring is a time of inspiration with the hot days of summer spent inside sewing

  216. Lydia says:

    The extra hours of spring light inspire me to do something other than early to bed. Throw off the cold, bam the doldrums, no more hibernation! Get home from work, get excited, get back into my studio and be with my love…..of color, beauty, pattern. Feel the texture, sheen and crispness of cottons. Move thread thru material and create something lovely and new.

  217. Sallie says:

    Spring makes me what to do more nature designs of flowers and butterflies.

  218. Nancy Pascoe says:

    I’m enjoying quilting and creating every day. I’m hoping to keep up this lovely momentum and enjoy more time outside and all the inspiration that the season offers.

  219. Donna Conklin says:

    I’m a long time collector of vintage kimono and would love to sew a quilt with pieces of Yukata fabric incorporated. Your fabrics are amazing

  220. Beautiful fabrics. Each one is so nice. I have been to Japan twice and love it. I am a quilter and have found some nice textiles to bring home. I also attended the quilt at the Tokyo Dome this past January. The quilts were exquisite and the special exhibits we we so very nice.

  221. Sheila Hill says:

    This spring I will use my momentum to focus on and refine my quilting ideas with the goal of fully finishing more projects this year. Your fabric selections are beautiful. I hope I am one of the lucky winners.

  222. Susan Kelley says:

    This collection really reminds me that spring is truly coming. Your fabrics are awe inspiring.

  223. Nancy McKinney says:

    With the new season I am looking forward to attending Patricia’s Yukata class in May. Those give aways are beautiful!!

  224. shirley marvin says:

    My quilting will change this year as we are moving to anther state so, will be losing my quilting clients and I will have to establish a new clientele. This will give more time to finish the many tops that are patiently waiting to be quilted. :-}
    Love the looks of the fabric that you are giving away, My choice- if I get a choice- would be set #1. Love those colors.

  225. Barbara McCune says:

    Having just gone to the Tokyo Quilt Festival, my quilts this year will reflect the beauty of Asia in spring. The material in your collection would definitely add flair to my quilts.

  226. Terry Cullan says:

    Such beautiful fabrics!! I’m not sure how my sewing will change, but I would love to make it up to Seattle to your shop!

  227. Angela J Short says:

    Spring cleaning and working on sewings and quilting I have started already. Yeah spring! Have a great day! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  228. Del Thomas says:

    How will your quilting momentum change with this new season?
    With the May edition I will retire from doing the quilt guild newsletter after nine years. With all the extra hours I plan to catch up with my UFOs and start some new original quilts. It would be nice to design around some of the beautiful yukata fabrics. Thanks for doing these wonderful give-a-ways.

  229. Christi says:

    I do sew less in the Spring because I am outside in the garden. I can’t wait. It has been a very long, cold, winter.

  230. carol Denning says:

    ah momentum, more light means more accurate cutting and the ability to better see both the machine needle’s movement and my hand stitching, so I hope to “spring” forward! Thanks for the chance to win !

  231. Kris Koponen says:

    Springing Forward with starting my first quilt of the season today … a baby quilt for my Brand New Great Grand Nephew who was Born hours ago! With sereral new babies born in our family in the year, lots of momentum for quilting is a must for me!

  232. Myra Ramos says:

    About to come home from visiting Europe and will launch into major quilting mode!
    Hangings for a small local show; quilts for family members.
    Yukatas and floss; what could be better? Especially love the bright colors in Set #1.

  233. Michelle D says:

    Spring renews my love of flowers and florals – in the garden and in my fabric stash!

  234. Diane says:

    With Spring arriving, I will be moving to my NH home and joining that group for a “new momentum”. It will mean fresh ideas and lots of sharing.

  235. Kathleen Flanagan says:

    The colors I am attracted to change with the seasons and the light. As does my quilting pallette.

  236. Janet Schayer says:

    I’m reorganizing my studio…..I have ambitious quilting plans and ideas to explore

  237. Wendy Johnston says:

    I am going to add more big print fabrics to my quilts. Also, I want to add more hand quilting.

  238. Kathy Weyenberg says:

    With the warmer weather it is easier to get outside to enjoy spring and all of the new blossoms beginning. I am setting aside more time for quilting and have many new ideas to include in my quilts.

  239. Tanya says:

    New Season includes more florals. Loved your Kyoto video!

  240. Jo Tosh says:

    The fabric is just beautiful. I don’t have any Yukata at this time but would love to have some in my collection. I have some Asian prints but by domestic manufactures. Your fabrics are just outstanding.

  241. Carole Fisher says:

    I love Japanese prints – so beautiful, so peaceful. Thank you Okan Arts for this chance.

  242. C says:

    Beautiful colors, design, threads & fabrics!

  243. Yooper in Mississippi says:

    Beautiful fabrics and threads. Love to have of them.

  244. Laura Dorr says:

    Spring cleaning!!! Time to use what I have so I can buy new fabric. I visited Patricia at Okan Arts in February and again in March. The day after I was there in March I went on a cruise. I had a lot of free time to read so I took Patricia’s book “East Meets West”.
    moment!!! I finally figured out what to do with my large box of kimonos and obis. After graduating from college, my son and his wife moved to Japan to be with her family. They were in Japan for 7 years. Before my son and his wife moved back to Seattle my daughter in laws Grandmother passed away. They brought me a large box of Grandmas kimonos and obis. I was so honored to be given such treasures it brought me to tears. Hence the moment. I plan on making a quilt for my daughter in law using those treasured kimonos and obis.
    Pictures to follow.

  245. Dawn Tenneson says:

    Going through tough times and my embroidery machine will help occupy my mind. I’m trying to fill my home with lots of color to help me smile every day!

  246. smmw says:

    Beautiful and inspiring!!

  247. Crystal E says:

    Great question! I have a season-inspired sashiko mini quilt kit to work on, and that should inspire me to keep quilting! I hope inertia will keep me going.

  248. Terry Yep says:

    Spring brings hope & lightening of heart. What refreshing colors. I love them.

  249. Amy L says:

    I am hoping for renewed energy with the warmth and light of the growing season.

  250. Kristin says:

    I am going to try to use new and old fabrics!

  251. Barb K. says:

    I will probably be choosing brighter colors, now that Spring is here–your fabrics are beautiful!

  252. Jo V says:

    I am new to quilting. I found East-Meets-West Quilts inspiring. I am visiting a quilt museum tomorrow in Golden, CO. I try to remember that my inexperience is o.k. and that many beautiful things start from small seeds.

  253. Sally says:

    Spring begins again
    Flowers bloom in woven cloth
    We notice and stitch

  254. Sylvia Montgomery says:

    My quilting and sewing are on hold as we prepare to move, again. Looking forward to a new place and new inspiration.

  255. ka-ren lipchik says:

    The luminosity of hand dyed fabric is magnificent! Aurifil floss is a dream to work with.

  256. Laura F. says:

    these prints are gorgeous and just the right colors for Spring. These fabrics are for much more then quilts.

  257. Carol Y says:

    I always hope to accomplish more and to move in new directions. Finish, finish, finish!

  258. Melisse Laing says:

    Things seem to be brighter as spring comes – both outdoors and in my studio Melisse

  259. Fran Ripsom says:

    I always think with winter’s arrival I will tackle many sewing projects….but the cold
    & darkness leave me terribly uncreative ! With the arrival of Spring I find myself
    embracing the light & warmth ….& many ideas are surfacing ! Your fabrics are
    beautiful and so inspiring !

  260. Claudia says:

    I leave my projects on the dining room table so I see them constantly and plan my next step each time I walk by. I have more free time in the spring so I hope to take advantage of it with more hand sewing projects.

  261. Diane Kearney says:

    My quilting momentum definitely increases each spring in relation to the number of flowers in my garden! I love using floral fabrics and have been working in a more modern style. I’d love to use the yukata cottons!

  262. Ann Gessert says:

    I love this quartet of Japanese toned fabrics. Hard to choose, but the fourth group really resonated with me. Thank you for this website…. getting lost in it is a pleasant meditation for me.

  263. Suzanne Caflisch says:

    With this new season brings new love and new beginnings. My son had just married a lovely Japanese woman. Our happiness and love for them is reflected in the beautiful flowers of your fabric which I will use to make them a quilt.

  264. Janet McDonald says:

    It can only increase since I’ve been busy on things other than my own quilting projects recently.

  265. Jennifer Williams says:

    The baby is getting better sleep and has more independent play time now that he’s embracing toddlerhood. I’m hopeful that means I will have more project time and energy!

  266. agnes burke says:

    I cleaned up my workspace, making a quilt for my new grand daughter with Okan
    fabrics . Brimming with ideas for a few quilts , the floral combinations are inspiring.

  267. Ellen McCarthy says:

    I suspect its the change in the quality and quantity of light that gets my creative self moving in the Spring. I want to be in the garden AND I want to be at the machine! In self defense, my brain tries to meld gardening and quilting together. As a result, I start using more floral fabrics and softer designs in my quilts and my garden design takes on a piece-work look…with ‘unexpected visitors’ of color making the beds pop! Maybe I should consider moving the sewing machine out into the garden?

  268. Hala says:

    Beautiful and really inspiring fabric.. very refreshing ..get you in the spring mood.
    I can give you a US address to ship .

  269. Barbara Githens says:

    My quilting momentum will change with the new season because I am opening up more space in my schedule to quilt. I’m finally realizing that creating every single day, even if for a few minutes, keeps me happy and balanced.

  270. Debra Miller says:

    I like to try and finish all machine projects that I can since I spend so much time outside in my gardens-both flower and food. I will usually dream about new big projects and set aside pictures or patterns for the fall. I do a lot of handwork during this time also as I always have a project go box or two! Truly beautiful collections especially set number one!

  271. Mary Blake says:

    I like to start new projects with seedlings. A little fabric, a little floss, an idea. I let them sit on my work table until they start to speak to me and bloom.

  272. Dena Omar says:

    This winter was difficult personally, and I’m excited for the new season and a new start. Quilting got put on the back burner this winter. I know I’m happier when I’m quilting and my focus this spring is on getting back to the important things in life.

  273. Mary McDermott says:

    I had East Meets West Quilts from the library and just had to buy my own copy. I love the simplicity of the blocks with such beautiful fabric. I can see myself using the book as inspiration for several projects.

  274. Julia Graber says:

    These beautiful fabrics can’t help but put a spring into my steps. What better inspiration to get to sewing and quilting.

  275. Mary McDermott says:

    Love your East meets West book! I got it form the library and just had to buy my own copy. Am planning at least one project based on it Thanks for the inspiration.

  276. Rommie McLane says:

    Winter – I quilt a lot, like almost everydat. Now with spring, I am called outside to garden which gets in the way of quilting time:). Still I am inspired and refreshed which leads to new & better quilting ideas.

  277. Kathy E. says:

    The Spring season fills me with new, fresh inspiration for sewing! I want to use brighter, floral prints and lots of embellishments! Spring always makes me happy! (unless it’s snowing in April like it is right now!)

  278. Debbie Olson says:

    Happy for the spring weather and beautiful fabrics!