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October 14, 2018
Call me a Shannon Cuddle fan! from Art and Quilting in Camden

A heavenly combination: my studio, my Janome 9400 and Shannon Fabrics cuddle fabric–I’m ready for winter!  This fabric is so soft you just want to pet it, snuggle under it, and not give it away as a gift!

Last May, Janome America had its first ever Janome Education Summit, and one of the presenters was Shannon Fabrics.  From the kit they provided, I made the lovely summery top in this blogpost.  But they also shared samples of their fabrics, including these two.  True confession:  I have this Elmer Fudd-esque love affair with red and black buffalo check.  When ...

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October 5, 2018
four october giveaways! from Okan Arts

By Patricia Belyea

This month Okan Arts is giving away an issue of UPPERCASE and the inaugural issue of Little U, periodicals published by UPPERCASE. There are four giveaways, each valued at $41.

If you are not familiar with UPPERCASE, meet an independent publisher that produces ad-free magazines and books for the creative and curious.

Janine Vangool is the designer, editor, and publisher behind UPPERCASE. While Janine keeps up a no-fail schedule for developing UPPERCASE, she also creates encyclopedic books full of contemporary content and vintage ephemera, and designs fabric collections for Windham.

The magazine UPPERCASE is chockfull of contributions ...

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September 27, 2018
caryn friedlander: the unexpected stitcher from Okan Arts

By Patricia Belyea

EDISON WA  There’s a word in Japanese— ikagai—that roughly translates to “the thing you live for” or “why you get up in the morning.” Finding one’s own ikagai can become confusing for many once they retire from a rich and meaningful career.

Not so for Caryn Friedlander, once an art professor at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham. Since leaving her post two years ago, she has become a seeker, a prolific artist, and, most surprising to Caryn herself, a stitcher.

I met up with Caryn at the opening of her shared show at Smith ...

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September 23, 2018
the aha of curves from Okan Arts

By Patricia Belyea

LA CONNER WA  Once again I had the opportunity to teach a cadre of quilters how to design and sew complex curves. The most fun at the Workshop was seeing the lightbulbs turn on as students gained confidence in their new curves skill set. And watching the design walls fill with big blocks of curved piecing!

Most of the students came to learn to curved piecing. Others were seeking inspiration or just to get sewing again. All of them were interesting and engaged. A great group!

Here are pics of some of the makers and their curved ...

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September 16, 2018
cameron anne mason: the art of giving from Okan Arts

By Patricia Belyea

SEATTLE WA  “It’s a giftng economy,” explained Cameron Anne Mason about Burning Man. An annual arts festival, set up in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, Burning Man is dedicated to anti-consumerism and self-expression. (The event culminates in the burning of a large wooden sculpture of a man, hence the name.)

Burners, as participants are called, offer gifts large and small, tangible and intangible. Cameron collaborated with nine others to gift a dynamic art installation to the temporary community. The main elements were two concentric circles of 24 two-part banners, an inner ring of benches, and ...

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September 6, 2018
four september giveaways! from Okan Arts

This month Okan Arts is giving away a slew of goodies from hand-stitch guru Sue Spargo and publisher Martingale. There are four giveaways. Three are 2019 Stitches to Savor calendars from Martingale (value $22.99 each). The fourth is a grand collection: Sue’s self-published book Creative Stitching, six 1/32 cuts of wool,six spools of appliqué thread, and six spools of perle cotton (value $102).

Sue inspires stitchers around the world with her folksy embroidered and appliquéd stitch work. Her 2019 calendar brims with 12 of these fabulous textural projects.
Creative Stitching by Sue Spargo provides all the ...

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August 27, 2018
Well, Hello Friends from Pibble Pulling Threads

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August 15, 2018
Flip or Flop from Pibble Pulling Threads

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August 14, 2018
four august giveaways! from Okan Arts

This month Okan Arts is giving away 20 Fat Quarters from Judie Rothermel’s Scrappier Dots collection, produced by Studio 37 of Marcus Fabrics; and three spools of cotton floss by Aurifil. There are four giveaways, each valued at $71.

Judie owns Schoolhouse Quilt Shoppe, an online business based in Canton OH. As an expert and collector of antique fabrics and quilts, Judie designs fabrics based on her knowledge of fabrics from the Civil War era and early 20th century.

The month’s giveaway fabric patterns and hand-stitching threads harken to a time of home and hearth—when scrappy quilts ...

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August 12, 2018
I’ve Been Dreaming from Pibble Pulling Threads

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August 8, 2018
My Quilt Tagging Odyssey from Pibble Pulling Threads

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August 3, 2018
Fabric FriYAY! from Pibble Pulling Threads

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July 31, 2018
adventuresome curves from Okan Arts

By Patricia Belyea

LA CONNER WA  Earlier this month, seven delightful quilters gathered in historic La Conner to learn about piecing curves. What did they all had in common? A desire to learn something new, an interest in Japanese textiles, and a love of quilting.

After a remarkable Welcome Dinner, the following four days were filled with lots of curvaceous fun. For the first two days, everyone worked on their versions of the Quadrant Quilt, the Workshop sample (see left). This project teaches the basics of designing and piecing curves that are complex and perfectly flat.

For the last two ...

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July 27, 2018
A Moment of Panic; Fabric Friday from Pibble Pulling Threads

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July 12, 2018
four july giveaways! from Okan Arts

This month Okan Arts is giving away the Ki-Coo Gardens collection from Studio 37 of Marcus Fabrics. The giveaway includes 19 fat quarters of Asian-patterned cottons. There are four giveaways, each valued at $55.

Design Director Laura Berringer developed a delightful look with lush flowers, playful honeybees, graphic bamboo stalks, miniature fans, and a texture print of Chinese characters. The eclectic collection offers the allure of East Asia crossed with the calm of a summer garden.


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July 5, 2018
big grids with inserted curves from Okan Arts

By Patricia Belyea

WAUCONDA WA  After I delivered my book manuscript, I was drained. It took me months to get back into the studio and create something new. The first intriguing quilt top I made was simple—a grid of blue yukata cotton squares with some inserted curved elements.

The most important aspect of the project was that I got started. I made SOMETHING. Not a masterpiece but it got me engaged in thinking of another way to play with quilt design.

So here’s what I’ve been up to for the last 15 months—Big Grids and Inserted ...

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July 4, 2018
Breaking News! from Pibble Pulling Threads

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June 29, 2018
Fabric FriYAY and a Serious Question from Pibble Pulling Threads

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June 14, 2018
four june giveaways! from Okan Arts

This month Okan Arts is giving away Mary W Kerr’s book Southern Quilts: Celebrating Traditions, History, and Design, published by Schiffer. There are four giveaways, each valued at $30.

This book celebrates the can-do spirit and welcoming hearts of strong Southern women. More than a picture resource, each chapter examines a different style of quilt design—Alabama Pine Burr, Cotton Boll, Rattlesnack, Seven Sisters, Whig’s Defeat, and more—sixteen total!

You are going to love this book as thirteen collectors and quilt historians compiled the quilt examples and wrote the text for each chapter. Quilts from 17 institutions ...

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June 12, 2018
flutterby quilt for eleanor from Okan Arts

By Patricia Belyea

SEATTLE WA  I’m not one for the make-a-quilt-in-a-weekend approach. Yet I was challenged to do just that over the Memorial Day Weekend. In four days, I needed to design, create, and finish a graduation quilt for a high school senior at my church.

As it was a holiday weekend, my husband and I journeyed to our cabin in the Okanogan Highlands.

Our property is pretty remote with the closest store a 40-minute drive away. So it behoves me to be prepared with food and quilting supplies when we head out there.

I brought the fabrics I ...

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