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Book Profile: Patricia Belyea

QUILTED, December 2019

An 8-page profile about Patricia Belyea was included in UPPERCASE’s book, QUILTED about patterns and patchwork. To purchase the book, +please visit

Profile: Patricia Belyea

Professional Patchwork, March 2019

Anke B Calzada wrote an 8-page profile article about Patricia Belyea, Okan Arts, and Patricia’s book, East-Meets-West Quilts in the German magazine, Professional Patchwork.

Serious About Working In A Series

Creative Whimsy, November 2018

Patricia Belyea talks about her focus when she makes a series of quilts—from giving her the impetus to write a book to diving deeper into her design ideas.

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Blog Article

La Ruche des Quilteuses, October 15, 2018

French quilter and editor Katell Renon writes about visiting Patricia’s studio and shop on a cross-America visit with her husband.

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Feature Article

Simply Moderne, Issue #14 / Fall 2018

A six-page article on Patricia Belyea, her quilts, her book, and the Okan Arts shop.

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Interview & Good Fortune Pattern

Les Nouvelles—France  / Summer 2018

Katell Renon interviewed Patricia Belyea, talking about her work and book, and modified the Good Fortune quilt pattern for the magazine’s readers.

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A Review by Joe Cunningham

The Quilt Report 7  / June 20, 2018

Joe The Quilter talks about Patricia Belyea’s book, East-Meets-West Quilts, and yukata cottons from Okan Arts.

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A Top 10 Craft Book

Booklist  / May 15, 2018

The book review site for librarians included East-Meets-West Quilts in its list of Top 10 Craft Books.

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A Chat with Stephanie

Modern Sewceity / Dec 16, 2017

Stephanie Kendron chats with Patricia Belyea about her collection of yukata cottons, what inspires her creative process, her experience with the book writing process, and why she has a Quilt Manifesto in the book.

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Podcast with Pat Sloan

Pat Sloan Radio Shows  / September 18, 2017

Pat asks all the right questions to learn about Japanese yukata cottons and Patricia Belyea’s  book, East-Meets-West Quilts. Starts at 13:55 minutes.

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Yukata Cottons and Curves

Seams French Blog  / July 2017

Elizabeth Janzen, who attended the Curves and Yukata Cotton Workshop in La Conner, wrote about her experience.

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Toltia Outing

Tolt Yarn and Wool Blog  / April 2017

Anna Dianich of Tolt Yarn and Wool brought her whole team to Seattle on a field trip—and Okan Arts was one of their stops.

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The Bold Beauty of Japanese Yukata Fabrics

Collecting Culture Podcast  / Spring 2017

Liz Logan of Collecting Culture interviewed Patricia Belyea about her immense yukata cotton collection, the role of yukata cotton in Japanese culture, and how to find textile treasures in Japan. [25:33 podcast]

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Some of the Best Quilting Cotton was Hand-dyed in Japan Thirty Years Ago

Botanical Colors Blog  / March 2017

Amy DuFault wrote a comprehensive post about the founding of Okan Arts and the production techniques used in hand-dyeing yukata cottons.

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Japanese Yukata CottonJapanese Yukata Cotton article in UPPERCASE magazine

UPPERCASE  / Winter 2016

A one-page story about the inspiration of yukata cotton by Patricia Belyea.

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In the Spirit of YukataTop by Mimi Jackson

Shop The Garment District blog  / December 2016

Mimi Jackson wrote a lovely article about contemplating a gift of yukata cotton yardage and then choosing to use her fabric.

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When A Quilt Is More Than A Quilt
UPPERCASE magazine, Issue 30, summer 2016

UPPERCASE  / Summer 2016

A one-page story about Saint Jane and other Spirit Quilts by Patricia Belyea.

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The Secret Lives of Pin CushionsLillybelle in GenQ Magazine, Winter 2016

Generation Q Magazine / Winter 2016

A fun article by Patricia Belyea with stories about pin cushions from many quilting leaders including her own pin cushion, Lillybelle.

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Japanese Quilt Study GroupPatricia Belyea

The Caffeinated Quilter / December 2015

A chat with Patricia Belyea where she talks about importing yukata cottons and using these fabrics in her artisan quilts.

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Create Whimsy SpotlightOkan Arts Spotlight Profile on Create Whimsy

Create Whimsy / Summer 2015

A website dedicated to crafters, makers and artists, Create Whimsy posted a Spotlight Proflie about Patricia Belyea and Okan Arts.

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A Little ZenFresh Quilts, Spring 2015

Fresh Quilts / Spring 2015

A magazine for modern quilters, Fresh Quilts magazine showcases quilts with step-by-step directions. Patricia Belyea’s quilt pattern, Camelia Baby, was published in the Spring issue—a fun quilt that pairs one yard of yukata cotton and commercial solid colored fabrics . (Due to copyright issues, the pattern can not be published here.)

Video Visit with Victoria Findlay WolfeVictoria Findlay Wolfe

YouTube / February 2015

Here’s a fun little video that Victoria FIndlay Wolfe made when Patricia Belyea visited her studio and home in Manhattan, NY. In the six-minute video they talk about hand-made needles and other textile treats from Japan.

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Fresh Quilts, Fall-Winter 2014Wabi Sabi Feature

Fresh Quilts / Fall-Winter 2014

A one-page article on Flawed Beauty featuring Patricia Belyea’s improv quilt, Wabi Sabi, made with vintage yukata cottons.

 A Quilter’s Guide to Travel in JapanGenQ Magazine: Nov/Dec 2014

Generation Q Magazine / Nov-Dec 2014

This five-page article, written by Patricia Belyea, includes tips and places to visit in Japan for quilters and textiles lovers. If you don’t want to travel on your own, there are links to well-established tour companies that take quilters to Japan for the big quilt shows and beyond.

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Quilts by Okan ArtsSeeHowWeSew Article about Okan Arts

See How We Sew blog / August 2014

Patti Fried, who was in Patricia Belyea’s Doodle Piecing class at The Cotton Patch in Lafayette CA in June, wrote this energetic article about Patricia Belyea’s quilts and big stitching.

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Members Gallery : FamilySAQA Journal, Spring 2014

SAQA Journal / Spring 2014

SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) is an international non-profit that promotes art quilts and the artists who create them. This highly respected group has over 3,000 members. Family Guy by Patricia Belyea was published in the Member’s Gallery of SAQA’s quarterly journal.

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Yukata Cottons — Home StyleYukata Cottons, Home Style Article in Quilter’s Connection

Quilter’s Connection / Fall 2013

For Canada’s leading quilting magazine, Patricia Belyea wrote a feature article about using yukata cottons for home decor. Working with Margo Piikkala of Victoria BC, Patricia and Margo made luscious pillows, table runners, napkins and even upholstered bar stools.

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Mollie Makes feature, April 2013

The Quilter’s Paradise

Mollie Makes / April 2013

Mollie Makes, a crafty lifestyle publication in the UK, wrote a one-page feature on the Okan Arts 2013 Retreat. Reporter Lucy Rice interviewed Joe Cunningham to learn more about his plans for special classes at the Retreat. (Due to copyright issues, no part of the story can be published here.)

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Patricia Belyea: Getting Passionate About Fabric

David Owen Hastings Blog / April 17, 2013

Graphic designer David Owen Hastings posted an exuberant story about Patricia Belyea’s quilting and yukata cotton obsession. David made a quilt when he was in high school but now spends his creative time fabricating collages with monoprints, stitching and anything else that suits his layered compositions.

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Maggie Ball, Dragonfly Quilts

Japanese Yukata Quilts

Dragonfly Quilts Blog / April 6, 2013

Designer, teacher and author Maggie Ball attended Patricia Belyea’s talk given to Kitsap Quilters in Poulsbo at the end of March and reported on the presentation in her blog. She then attended Patricia’s Counterintuitive Quilting class in mid-April 2013 and shared her impressions.

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Stitch Magazine, Spring 2013

Material World: For the Love of Japan

Stitch / Spring 2013

Susan Beal, from Portland Modern Quilt Guild, wrote a short history of Japanese textiles that included a whole section on Patricia Belyea’s yukata cottons as well as interviews with designers Rashida Coleman-Hale and Michelle Miller. (Due to copyright issues, no part of the story can be published here.)