Hawaiian Quilting, 2 Fabric Applique, Lessons and so much more!
I am happy to announce that we have put together a new customer Gallery!READ MORE >
Think of thread-basting as a temporary replacement for pins.
You need to hold two pieces of fabric together just long enough to applique them together. If it is a small applique piece then a pin or two will do the trick, but if it is a large applique piece (like a Hawaiian or 2 Fabric Applique Quilt) then thread-basting is in order. READ MORE >
We are frequently asked if a wall-hanging pattern can be enlarged for a bed quilt. Or, if a bed quilt pattern can be reduced to make a wall-hanging. Here are our thoughts and suggestions.
Have you checked out Quiltfolk? The new community supported quarterly magazine? I received my second issue last weekend. I loved the first issue but I have to say the second is incredible. I do not consider this a magazine but a quilting travel book. The stories are well written and I love the photographs. I sat down to read it and could not put it down until I had read the entire thing. They took me to Iowa right along with them!
The first issue is about Oregon, the place I have called home for the last 30 years so I was familiar with what they were talking about. The second is about Iowa, a place I have never had the pleasure to visit. I now would love to visit, shop and meet the wonderful people who have been interviewed. It is so inspiring to read the stories and feel a connection. Each issue will take you to a new or familiar state. Issue 3 is going to be about the Hawaii, quilting history, shops, designers, quilter's and much more. I can hardly wait to see this one.
My favorite part of the quilting world is the instant connection. I think it comes from doing something you love and are passionate about.
Do yourself a favor and check it out. Think of this as a fine quilting travel book not just another magazine. With it's 160+ pages of inspiration it is well worth the money! If you use the coupon code: SHOP1076 you will receive a 10% discount.
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Take a quilt journey with them!
Chances are pretty good, that because you are reading our blog you are convinced already that applique is fun. You know that creating something beautiful with your hands is peaceful and satisfying. But if you still need some convincing here is our list:READ MORE >
Are you in a creative slump? I know we all feel that way periodically and here is a series of articles Janice Lee Baehr wrote for us. This is a compilation of ten articles published in our e-newsletter in 2015 an 2016. We do believe creativity benefits you and the entire world we put these articles together in an easy to print and save format.
Our continuing desire is to kick-start or to stimulate, YOUR creative juices! ENJOY
For over a century the only way you could own a Hawaiian quilt was to design and make it yourself, or be the very fortunate recipient of a special gift. A few talented designers would give their individual designs to others as gifts, but there were no patterns available for purchase. And, it was kapu (taboo) to copy the design of another quilter without their permission.
You have a finished top, you want to have a finished quilt. But, you need ideas for how to quilt it. Here are our suggestions and this should get you started:
1. Use wavy, horizontal lines in the background to suggest clouds, wind or water. To make it more interesting, space these wavy lines closer together in the bottom third, then gradually spaceREAD MORE >
The concept of echo quilting is easy: Evenly spaced rows of quilting radiating out from the applique. But what do you do when quilting lines begin to merge between a center medallion and an outer border? Or in the center of a quilt that has a large open center? Or, when the shapes of the applique cause the lines to bump into each other? The principles are the same:
I have to admit one of the best things about travel is the fact that I have time to applique! I do not have as much time as I would like when it comes to appliqueing. It is one of my favorite things in the quilting world.
I was lucky enough to fly to WyomingREAD MORE >