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APPLIQUE

Machine Applique

To begin, let's list the reasons we like to applique by hand:

  • Portable, around the house or around the world.
  • Relaxing, even therapeutic.
  • Can engage in conversation with friends and family while quietly stitching, anywhere.
  • Can keep stitching when the power goes out.
  • Prefer the look and feel.
Now let's list the reasons for machine applique:
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Hawaiian Quilt Bounty

Hawaiian Block Quilt Patterns

Tropical Fruit and Nut Hawaiian Block Quilt PatternsWhen we give thanks at this time of year we always celebrate the bounty of the fall harvest. Although, the fruits and nuts in this Hawaiian pohopoho-style quilt are likely to bloom and present their bounty at varying times of the year.

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Fast Beginner Hawaiian Wall Quilt

Cyclamen

Cyclamen Hawaiian Wall Quilt Pattern

This is a plant most of you have seen, but may not know its name. It is a favorite house plant in colder climates for its colorful blooms, and is a garden plant in warmer climates. READ MORE >
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Fast and Fun

Penguin Family 2 Fabric Applique Quilt Pattern

Penguin Family 2 Fabric Applique Quilt PatternEveryone loves penguins. They are so amazing and so cute! Can you believe that Janice designed this quilt without having watched the movie "March of the Penguins"? She did watch the movie while she was appliqueing it, though. So here is her first hint:
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Needleturn Applique Tips

Those pesky inside curves!

Candlelight 2 Fabric Applique Quilt PatternOur most popular holiday 2 Fabric Applique Quilt pattern is the "Candlelight" pattern. Measuring 36" across by 24" high, it fits beautifully over a fireplace.
We think there are some of you who would love to make this quilt, but may be daunted by so many inside curves. Here is how we recommend handling inside curves.
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Reader Question

Hibiscus 2 Fabric Applique Quilt Pattern

Are 2 Fabric Applique quilts reverse applique?

This seems to be a question that is asked often. Everyone has their own interpretation of this so I thought I would share ours:

There really is no such thing as reverse applique for you, the quiltmaker. You are always cutting on the cutting line of the top fabric, turning under the raw edge and stitching the top fabric to a background fabric. All applique is done exactly this way.

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Selecting Fabrics


Sunflower Fields 2 Fabric Applique Quilt Patterns

One of the reasons Hawaiian quilts and our 2 Fabric Applique Quilts

Sunflower Fields 2 Fabric Applique Quilt Patternappeal to us is that we only have to choose two fabrics! As simple as that sounds, we know some of you would like a few tips for making good fabric selections.

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LEI KUKUI

Lei Kukui Hawaiian Bed Quilt PatternCandlenut Tree

Kukui trees in Hawaii are recognized by their dusty green, tri-lobed leaves. These trees can grow to heights of 80 feet, providing more than shade. Its bark, leaves, flowers and nuts are used for a variety of medicinal and practical applications.


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Spirited Good Fun

Halloween 2 Fabric Applique Quilt

Halloween 2 Fabric Applique QuiltHalloween is the second-most decorated holiday in the US and dates back over 2000 years. Fun for kids and adults, it seems nearly everyone enjoys the fun of costumes, candy and creepy things.
TIP: We know many of you like hand applique, but we think this quilt is crying to be fused and machine stitched. In just a day or two you can have this quilt completed
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Hurricane Harvey Donation

You are in our Hearts

You are in our Hearts Hawaiian Wall Quilt Pattern from Pacific Rim Quilt Company

I have been thinking about everyone in Houston and the surrounding area. It just breaks my heart that this just keeps going on and on. I can only imagine what it is like for all of those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Mark and I would like to do something so we have decide to donate half of every "You are in our Hearts" Hawaiian Wall Quilt pattern sold from now until midnight Pacific time on August 31st.
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2 Fabric Applique Quilt Patterns by Machine

MACHINE APPLIQUE WITH FUSIBLE

If you have been to our booth at a Quilt Show you will know that I have a notebook that illustrates how to create your 2 Fabric Applique Quilt's using either the Hand Applique method or by Machine with fusible method. This is very helpful for new customers who have never heard about our patterns or the process we use to create them.

Some of us are more visual than others and I have had many requests to have the images available on the web site. So I have created a series of photos

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2 Fabric Applique Quilt Patterns

Hand Applique

If you have been to our booth at a Quilt Show you will know that I have a notebook that illustrates how to create your 2 Fabric Applique Quilt's using either the Hand Applique method or by Machine with fusible method. This is very helpful for new customers who have never heard about our patterns or the process we use to create them.

Some of us are more visual than others and I have had many requests to have the images available

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2018 Academy of Applique

I wanted to share the following Newsletter article from the Academy of Applique about Nancy's Teaching in 2018:

Did you see that Nancy Chong is returning for the 2018 Academy of Applique? Predominantly known as the Queen of Hawaiian quilting – she offers a “design” class working individually with each attendee to make their own, personal, Hawaiian quilt! She will not only help you get started and begin

Academy of Appliqe

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Free Holiday Star Pattern

2 Fabric Applique Holiday Star Placemat

Free Holiday Star Pattern

Here is a fun and simple Holiday decoration for your home or use it as a gift for a friend.

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Bed Turning

A Special Invite

I just love how the quilting world draws people together! Here is a story that illustrates just that. I have known a woman in our community through my husbands involvement with Rotary International and would always chat with her when we were at the same social events for the last 10 years or so. In passing several times we have chatted about how she collects quilts and how special they are and what incredible works of art they are. This spring we again were at a social gathering and began visiting about quilts and I told her about how Mark and I had purchased Pacific Rim Quilt Company and inquired whether she had any Hawaiian Quilts. She had not collected any Hawaiian quilts but

Antique Quilts

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Modern Ulu

Create your own

Here is my contemporary layout using our Ulu/Breadfruit block. This block can be found in our Tropical II block pattern set, and it is the pattern that

Modern Ulu by Connie Johnson Sayler using Pacific Rim Quilt Company Tropical II Block

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Garden Wreath

Choices, choices

There is no right or wrong way to hang this quilt. It was designed to be hung portrait or landscape, which ever way you want!

Garden Wreath 2 Fabric Applique quilt pattern

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Free Pillow Case Pattern

Fun use for our Applique Quilt Borders and Table Runners patterns

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Thread, Thread and more Thread

Aurifil Threads are the best!

We are often asked for a list of the most useful colors of Aurifil thread, or for a collection of assorted colors for a new appliquer. In response to those requests, I purchased some closeout kits from Aurifil that I feel are balanced so there is a good selection across the color wheel in light, medium and dark values. A perfect starter set, or for anyone who just wants a varied selection of thread without having to make the decisions.

Priory Square Collection


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Sea Turtles and Dolphins

A bit of Hawaiian Quilt Tradition

Sea Turtles and Dolphins Hawaiian Wall QuiltWhen you look at picture books of old Hawaiian quilts you may notice that the design motifs almost never include fish, animals or birds. Why not, you ask?

It was believed by Hawaiian quilters in the past that if you put fish, animals or birds on a quilt that anyone sleeping under the quilt

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