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The Rainforest of Ecuador

Our last weekend after the clinic in Ecuador was spent in Mindo. Mindo is about 2 1/2 hours northeast of Quito and might as well have been in another world. This was not the city of 2 million at an elevation of 10,000 feet but a small little community of about 3,000 in the rain-forest at an elevation of about 4,000 feet. It was much warmer and so much wetter. We experienced rain falling from the sky as I have never experienced it. Our accommodations were a thatch roof lodge which was absolutely amazing in every way. We visited a chocolate factory, butterfly enclosure and went on cable car ride to see some waterfalls and a hike. This finished off our incredible adventure in Ecuador.

I came home so inspired and full of ideas for future quilts! Stepping outside my box is always good for me.


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Otavalo Ecuador

Textiles and More

Weaving

While in Ecuador we took a little trip to Otavalo. Otavalo is known for it's textiles and their Saturday Market. We spent some time wandering and took it all in. I have created a slide show of some of the sights. We were there for the Saturday Market which is the biggest day of the week. It was a bit overwhelming there was so much, however we went back on Sunday and it was so much smaller but there were no food vendors. It was fun to be able to see the spices and fruits and vegetables out on display. I think the thing that got me was how these hard working people set up and take down each day. I just can not imagine doing a quilt show where I had to pack it all in, set up, sell all day, pack up and haul it out... Every single day!

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Amigo Vision

Clinic Days

Amigo Vision patient

This is a bit of a diversion from my typical quilting Blog posts but I wanted to share a little bit about our recent adventure to Ecuador.

Our trip to Ecuador was primarily a Medical Mission trip with a few fun excursions in-between. We traveled as an Amigo Vision team of 16 people from Oregon and Washington to Quito. While we were in Quito we would travel by bus from our hotel one hour each way to a Nursing Home in the north end of Quito which was owned and run by the Rotary Clubs of Quito. They had a great space where we could set up and leave the clinic set up so each day we could just come and work. The local Rotary Clubs took care of scheduling 50 patients to arrive by bus every hour or so to go through the process of having their eyesight tested and evaluated. Some of the patience required additional help with glasses or a referral for additional services. In the 10 clinic days we were able to see 1957 patience many of them required glasses. Below is a slideshow of the photos I took of patience while we were there. It was an amazing experience. There were many people who were given the opportunity to see clearly for the what may have been the first time. You could tell by the smile that would come across their faces when they put on the glasses that were selected for them. This little guy in the photo to the left was one of my favorites. When I put the glasses on him he just grinned and gave me a huge hug! Then he would go back out with his Mom and came back in about three times. It doesn't get much better than that!

This was the first time Mark and I have ever been a part of something like this. It was so wonderful on many levels. I hope you enjoy these wonderful smiling faces!


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Kona Hawaiian Quilt Museum and Gallery

Kona Hawaiian Quilt Museum and Gallery

We were honored to be invited to have a selection our our Hawaiian Wall Quilts on display in the Kona Hawaiian Quilt Museum, in Kailua Kona, Hawaii

Our display of quilts will be hanging until about the 11th of February. If you are lucky enough to have a chance to go and see them go check it out.

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Ecuador

Otalvalo textiles

Before the Quilt Show season begins Mark and I are going on an amazing adventure. We heard about an opportunity to travel with a group from Mark's Rotary club to Ecuador. We will be traveling as part of a group called Amigo Vision.

Amigo Vision LogoAmigo Vision is a volunteer group who provides eye exams, referral services, and free or low cost glasses to non-serviced or under-served populations around the world.

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Thank you all!

Dog and Daisy 2 Fabric Applique Quilt PatternThis year you have all come together with me and donated to some important causes. I would like to let you know where you made a difference.

Since I designed our Dog and Daisy 2 Fabric Applique Quilt Pattern a portion of the sales have been sent to Guide Dogs for the Blind. This year we had a record number of patterns sold

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Free Christmas Tree Skirt Pattern

Who doesn't love a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree? Mark, Butch and I went searching to find such a tree for this photo of my Christmas Tree Skirt with ornaments from our Ornaments Applique Border and Runner Pattern. We had a good time tromping around in the snow on a lovely winter day up on Mt Ashland. My photos are not exactly as I had planned but we had fun, that is what counts right?

Pacific Crest Trail with Pacific Rim Quilt Company Christmas Tree Skirt

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European River Cruise with Nancy

A message from Nancy:

Nancy Lee Chong tulip Hawaiian quilt blocks

I am so excited that I'll be teaching on a European River Cruise April 2019. In fact, we will be cruising from Amsterdam and returning to Amsterdam 7 days later, with stops in: Zaanse Schans, Veere, Antwerp (optional side excursion to Bruges), Arnhem, Hoorn (optional side excursion to Edam and Volendam), and return to Amsterdam for a visit to the Keukenhof Gardens.

Nancy Lee Chong

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Having trouble appliqueing on a large quilt?

What to do with this big wad of fabric?

Pacific Rim Quilt Company Woodland Lei Hawaiian Wall Quilt PatternQuilter's Question: I have been asked to finish a king-size Hawaiian quilt that someone else started. The problem I am having is that when I do needleturn applique, my left hand holds the fabric positioned so that my finger is under where I am working and my thumb can hold the edge of the applique as I sweep the raw edge under with the needle and stitch. But with this king-size project, as I move to the middle of the design, there is too large a wad of fabric for my left hand to do its job. How do people do these king-size quilts?!

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Aloha Album

Aloha Album

Just wondering, what if?

The following is a newsletter article from 2010 where the story of how our Aloha Album quilt pattern came to be. I thought you would enjoy reading it if you are new to Pacific Rim Quilt Company. Mahalo!

We know in the mid-1800's, when missionary wives were bringing their quilts and quilting to Hawaii, that applique and album quilts were popular on the eastern seaboard of the United States. Often when a young bride was leaving with her husband for a far-off missionary post, among their few possessions would be a prized quilt. Often these quilts were album quilts.
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Karen Kay Buckley Perfect Thread Bag

Karen Kay Buckley Perfect Thread Bag + 40 spools of Aurifil 50wt threadAre you looking for the perfect gift for a friend or family member, or something you can tell you family about that you would like for Christmas?

We have the perfect item. The Karen Kay Buckley Perfect Thread Bag. This bag will hold 48 spools of the Aurifil 50wt thread or similar spool.
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Laser Cut/Fused 2 Fabric Applique Quilt Kits

I have added Laser Cut Kits of some of our 2 Fabric Applique Quilt Kits. I currently have our top 5 selling patterns as Laser Cut Kits. You will fine kits for Herd of Turtles, Elephants, Giraffe Family, Dragonflies in Flight and Candlelight. Come take a look at the wonderful combinations.

These kits are perfect for that quick project. Since they are pre-fused and laser cut they are only appropriate for machine applique. Enjoy!

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Pacific International Quilt Festival

PIQF Booth with Mark

This month was the first time I have had the opportunity to vend at the Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara California. What a wonderful experience it was! It was a lot of work for sure but it was all worth it. I knew it was a large show with many vendors but it caught me a bit off guard. It is huge! Not as big as the International Quilt Festival in Houston but it was BIG.

So many of you came by and introduced yourselves and you were all so very kind! I have said it before and I will say it again, I LOVE my customers! You are an inspiring amazing bunch and THANK YOU!

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Moon Dance NEW 2 Fabric Applique Quilt Pattern

Moon Dance 2 Fabric Applique Quilt PatternOne of the questions I was asked about when I vend at a show was: "I see you have a sun pattern where is the moon?"

This got me thinking.. This is Moon Dance and I designed it so it can be made all on it's own or you can create what I like to call the Celestial Eclipse Quilt by adding Sunshine. You can create a single quilt using 2 of the 2 Fabric Applique Patterns. I think this would be the perfect shower gift or for a child's room.

This pattern has is very special to me because I was able to design a pattern to coordinate with a pattern designed by Nancy Lee Chong. As most of you know Nancy is a friend of mine and she is the reason I learned needleturn and Hawaiian Quilting. It has been about 3 1/2 years since my husband and I became the owners of Pacific Rim Quilt Company and since then I have had some big shoes to fill stepping into such a well known and respected company. I finally feel like I am hitting my stride and able to bring some of me into the company. I have been able to do this with the day to day operation but even more important to me is the designing. Between quilting and designing this is the main reasons I wanted to become the owner. I guess Moon Dance is a symbol of combining the previous with the current Pacific Rim Quilt Company.

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Tiger Cubs 2 Fabric Applique Quilt Pattern

Tiger Cubs 2 Fabric Applique Quilt PatternThe newest edition to our Safari Quilts

Here is the pattern that has been the number one requested new design the last couple of years.

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Customer Question on Batting

Delicate Beauty Hawaiian Wall Quilt PatternChoosing a batting
Q: What batting do you use?
A: This is a question asked on-line, in our booth at quilt shows and classes quite often. Our answer usually begins: "How do you intend to use the quilt?" And that is a good question to ask yourself.
For our Hawaiian Quilts we use high-loft polyester bonded batting because it provides loft for our Hawaiian quilts. The air between the polyester fibers makes it easy to hand quilt, and keeps the batting fluffy between the rows of echo quilting. The quilting shows beautifully from across the room when you use a high-loft polyester bonded batting. We have never had any trouble with bearding (batting fibers migrating to the surface of the quilt), so we use it all the time for our Hawaiian quilts.
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Pick Me! Pumpkins

Pick Me! PumpkinsWhile most of our patterns involve just two fabrics, this one is a good one to draw from your stash, or scraps, to find the perfect variety of fabrics to fashion your pumpkins and baskets. Ours is pictured in realistic colors, but don't limit yourself. Put some whimsy in your quilt and go wild with prints and colors!

Summer is the perfect time to be stitching this autumn quilt so it is ready for your holiday-themed table, or make a small one to hang. We prefer stitching by hand, but this quilt would also make a beautiful quilt if stitched by machine.
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Echo Quilting

A characteristic of Hawaiian quilts

Sea Turtles and Dolphins Hawaiian Wall Quilt

One of the distinctive characteristics of Hawaiian quilts is the echo quilting. Echo quilting is not a different way to make quilting stitches, rather it is the pattern of quilting lines that radiate out from the applique edges on a Hawaiian quilt. These quilting lines are often described as looking like the waves approaching an island, or the ripples created when dropping a pebble into water.

We have been told that many Hawaiian quilters used their little finger as a guide to space their parallel quilt rows. Put your little finger on a ruler and you will see that it is probably about 1/2 to 5/8 inch wide. Rather than use our finger, we prefer to use a ruler, or sewing gauge and a chalk pencil to mark our quilting lines.
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Dragonflies in Flight for LaVeta Colorado

I hope all of you enjoyed your 4th of July.

Through the end of June I am going to be donating $2.00 from each Dragonflies in Flight 2 Fabric Applique Pattern that I sell to the LaVeta Fire District. I chose the Dragonflies in Flight 2 Fabric Applique Pattern because there are numerous Dragonflies that live in the area. Here are a few photos of them. These photos were taken by Polly Neldner of LaVeta Colorado.

You may be wondering why I want to do this, I have a strong family connection to this place. In 1995 my parents built a log home in the mountains between LaVeta and Cuchara in Southern Colorado

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Echo Quilting by machine

Here is my three color version of You are in Our Hearts Hawaiian Wall Quilt. This quilt was created using one of the Hoffman Supernova Panels. I am just loving this color combination and how it also shows off the plumeria blossoms. You can find an earlier blog post about Multi-colored Hawaiian Quilts and how to create them by clicking on the link.

I decided I wanted to have it complete for the Mountain Stars Quilt Show so in order to complete it in time I was going to have to quilt it by machine. I felt it would look it's best with the traditional quilting method of echo quilting.

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