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Gnome Sweet Gnome

Christmas Gnome Free Quilt Pattern

Most years I take a bit of time and create a small free Two Fabric Applique Style quilt pattern. Last year when I took photos of the Poinsettia quilt I had a couple cute little Christmas Gnome salt and pepper shakers in the photos and everyone was more interested in my little Gnomes than in the pattern so... I decided you needed a little Gnome of your very own. Here he is. He was very fun to make and I hope you like him.


Mark's Musings

Mark's Musing

Put your money where your mouth is.

In the past five years, I have helped Connie with our sales booth at many quilt shows. Although I am not a quilter, I learned the process to make a Pacific Rim 2 Fabric Applique and Hawaiian quilt. I am able to demonstrate the process to a customer when Connie is with another customer. I am sometimes asked: “are YOU a quilter?” “No, but I am told the process is easy”


Free Vote Applique Pattern

Vote applique quilt pattern

100 years ago the 19th amendment was ratified allowing women the right to vote in all states. August 18, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary. It is hard to imagine how much different we would be now without the contributions of women in our legislature, administration, and judicial system.


Being Thankful and Hidden Blessings

While it is a strange time in our lives and unlike anything we have ever experienced, I count my blessings. I posted a couple of questions on Facebook this last week and asked our Followers the following questions.

What are you thankful for today?

2 Fabric Applique Quilting Ideas

Spring Lilies 2 Fabric Applique Quilt Pattern

When we vend at Quilt Shows one of the things that customers enjoy is the fact they can see the samples and check out how they are quilted. There is only one thing that they all have in common and that is the fact that we always stitch in the ditch around the applique and then will do the rest of the quilting.


Backyard Quilt Show

Backyard Quilt Show

Since we are unable to travel and attend Quilt Shows I wanted to create another video for you. This time I decided to hang all of our 2 Fabric Applique Quilt Samples in the backyard.


Slow down and enjoy the process

Delicate Beauty Hawaiian Wall Quilt

I have been doing a lot of thinking about my process and my work. Being one who loves handwork and the feel of nice cotton fabric. I have been thinking about what I am doing and why. We live in a world where everything is created quickly or available at a moment's notice. Slowing down and being thoughtful in what I do, and how I do it, is good for my health, well-being and, of course, my art.

I began my quilting experience with the idea that it was all about the end result and wanted to get there as quickly as possible. As I worked, I learned something about myself: the parts that excited me most were the things that took time and thought.


Virtual Hawaiian Quilt Show


June Customer Spotlight - Pat Berry

Angel's Trumpet Hawaiian Bed Quilt PatternHello, my name is Pat Berry. I live in Ontario Canada.

I started quilting in the early 90's. My husband and I were snowbirds for a few years. We sill had a business that required us to travel back and forth regularly. I realized that applique was easy to carry along with knitting. The first time I saw a Pacific Rim Quilt Company wall hanging, I was smitten.


May's Flower of the Month - Lilies of the Valley

Hawaiian Quilt - "Na Lilia"

Lilies of the Valley Hawaiian Wall Quilt Pattern

Did you know May has a flower of the month? We happen to have a Hawaiian Wall Quilt pattern with it, here is our Lilies of the Valley Hawaiian quilt pattern.


May Customer Spotlight - Ellen Eastman

Woodland Lei Hawaiian Wall Quilt PatternHere is Ellen's Story:
I have been quilting since the late 1970’s and appliqué was my frustration and challenge. I took classes from Elly Sienkiewicz and Dierdra McElroy, became better at appliqué but it wasn’t until I took a one-day two-fabric appliqué class from Nancy Lee Chong that my “valleys”, inside curves and points became perfect.

Delicate Beauty

Delicate Beauty Hawaiian Wall Quilt Pattern

During the Victorian-era (1837-1901) the symbolic meaning of flowers was raised to a whole new level. Flowers selected for a gift bouquet were chosen to convey a secret message to the recipient (for good or bad, apparently). Plants were arranged in a garden based on their powers. Flowers adorned nearly everything, and often the specific flower was chosen because of the meaning it would convey. Dictionaries were compiled to decipher the language of flowers. Pity the poor hapless chap who just wanted to give something pretty to a young lady, if he did not know the meaning she would place on his simple bouquet! READ MORE >

Art Deco Style

Hibiscus 2 Fabric Applique Quilt PatternThe bold, graphic nature of our 2 Fabric Applique Quilts brings this Hibiscus front and center.

Hibiscus blossoms range in color from white, to yellow, to deep purple, with every shade of red and orange in between. Choose the colors for your quilt that fit your decor. Make this one fast and easy with raw-edge applique; or fuse then machine-stitch it; or relax, take your time, and applique it by hand.

Angel's Trumpet

Angel's Trumpet Hawaiian Bed Quilt Pattern

A bit about Hawaiian Quilts
One distinctive characteristic of Hawaiian quilts is that they are radially symmetrical to the eighth. What does that mean?? It means that if you draw lines on a Hawaiian quilt design through the center from top to bottom, side to side, and corner to corner what you see in each of the eight triangular segments will be nearly identical mirror images. The Angel's Trumpet quilt makes this very easy to visualize with its strong stems radiating from the center in all eight directions. While not all Hawaiian quilts have these strong diagonal design lines (take for example our Sea Turtles & Dolphins quilt) it is still true that nearly all Hawaiian designs have eight, radially symmetrical segments. READ MORE >

Versatile Hawaiian Quilt Designs

Tropical II Hawaiian Quilt Block Patterns

Not up for a large quilt? Whether you want a small project to practice your techniques, a quick project to feel real accomplishment, or a series of blocks for a large quilt - with Tropical II you get these six patterns in one set to use just as you choose. READ MORE >

Facebook Live, Quilt Candy Virtual Trunk Show

I am part of a group of Quilt Pattern Designers and Tamarinis put together an event where 6 or so designers would share their Quilts on Facebook Live everyday from April 1st through the 10th. I know that by the time you receive this newsletter the videos will no longer be live but you can still check them all out. You can go here on my blog and you can find all the links to the various designers. Each of these Videos is 15 minutes long so grab a cup of coffee and your computer and enjoy!

Here is mine! Thank you for checking it out. Please remember this was my first time.

I am going to begin doing more Facebook Live posts and the next one will be different quilts and I am going to talk about ways to quilt them. If you are not on Facebook I will be saving the videos and posting them on my YouTube Channel. If you would like to subscribe to my channel you will receive an email when I add new videos.


A bit of Hawaiian Quilt Tradition

Na Ulu Hawaiian Bed Quilt Pattern

Your first Hawaiian quilt should be a breadfruit design." Have you ever heard that? Do you know why it is said?"

The Hawaiian word for breadfruit is 'ulu; and ulu means to grow, or increase. In Hawaiian arts and crafts the 'ulu symbolizes abundance. Nancy's Hawaiian quilting kumu (teacher) taught her that it also symbolizes greater creativity and more quilts. So, when you hear the advice that you should first make the 'ulu design, now you know why.


Tropical III Hawaiian Quilt Blocks

Tropical III Hawaiian Quilt Block Patterns

Don't let this quilt fool you. When looking at these blocks, keep in mind that the blue fabric is the applique on a white background. Look at the green to see the appliqued flowers, leaves and fruit. READ MORE >

Quilter's Eye Candy Trunk Show

Quilt Candy

I do not know about you but I am needing some distractions these days.

If you are looking for a bit of inspiration please come and join us. I am going to be joining some amazing designers and presenting 15 minute Virtual Trunk shows beginning April 1st through the 10th, every hour beginning at 12.00 EST to 8:00pm EST on Facebook LIve.

Below is a list of all the designers and their times.

I will be presenting on April 1st at 5:00 EST.


Fabric Face masks

I have been reading many articles, pros and cons about fabric masks and saw the article below and decided it had a great explanation of the need and use of them. I am going to call my local doctor's office and see if they are in need and even thinking about calling Butch's veterinarian, consider contacting your healthcare providers and see if they may have a use for them. This is something we can all do, and we were made to do. It seems at this point that it will depend on where you are but please consider this. The following announcement was shared on social media and I thought this explained the potential need.

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – Due to the national shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) used by healthcare workers and in an effort to conserve masks for healthcare workers caring for isolation patients locally, a group of McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center employees are sewing masks that can be used by healthcare workers in non-isolation situations.

CDC guidelines, found on their website, state if all other supplies are exhausted and in a state of emergency, homemade masks that meet certain criteria are acceptable.

"Historically, fabric masks were the standard in hospitals prior to the modern disposable mask," the hospital said.
All fabric masks will be sterilized and used repeatedly by staff caring for non-isolation patients, until the national shortage of PPE is over.
"If the public is interested in donating handmade masks McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center will gladly accept the masks that are made of 100% non-stretch cotton or cotton/poly blend," the hospital said. "Many variations of mask patterns can be found on the internet."
Masks that are donated will be sterilized and distributed to healthcare providers caring for non-isolation patients.
A yellow donation barrel for the masks is located at the main entrance of McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center.
There are many tutorials out there. Just google Fabric face mask and make the style that will work for your health care providers.

Stay Safe!




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