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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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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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Sea Turtles and Dolphins

Sea Turtles and DolphinsThis month I thought it would be fun to share the story of how Sea Turtles and Dolphins came to be. This has proved to be the perfect collaboration between Nancy and Janice.

Nancy and Janice collaborate in different ways
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Under the Sea

Under the Sea Border and Runner Pattern


For any of you who love spending time near the ocean this quilt is for you. When walking along the beach you have probably encountered a couple of these creatures. Living in the Pacific Northwest for more than half of my life and loving to spend time at the ocean it only seemed fitting that we have a pattern that incorporated some of these creatures. We already have

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Applique: Points

Woodland Lei Hawaiian Wall Quilt Pattern

We find it is often the outside points that are the most off-putting to people considering an applique pattern. Far too often we watch someone put back a pattern with a comment like, "Too many points!" It makes us sad to think that someone would not choose their favorite pattern, just because they don't feel they can applique the points. So, we want to show you our technique for outside points, and hope that you will never again turn away from a pattern you really like, just because of the points.

Two Secrets for Sharp Points:
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Design your Personal Hawaiian Quilt

Continue the Tradition

Lilikoi Hawaiian Wall Quilt Pattern

Hawaiian quilters have long been known to make special quilts for each of their children and grandchildren, choosing a design motif and colors that had personal meaning to the person who would receive the quilt. Until commercial patterns became available in the 1970's and 1980's quilters either designed their own quilts, or were given a pattern from a close friend or relative. No two quilts were identical, to honor the spirit of the quilter and the person receiving the quilt.
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Tips: Applique in a Valley

Needleturn applique in a valleyOne common shape that sometimes presents a challenge to appliquers is the reverse point (aka: valley, or inside corner). We thought it would help if you could see these areas with x-ray vision, of sorts. Nancy stitched these samples using silk organza (quite a different challenge!) so you could see what the turn-under allowance looks like.
Where to clip?

Using our Tulip Vases pattern, let's look to see where to clip the fabric. In this sample, to the left, three inside corners are highlighted:

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Celtic Knotwork Applique

Galway Applique Quilt Borders and Runners Pattern

Have you ever worked with 1/4" bias tape?

You can make your Galway quilt in the usual method of Celtic Knotwork using the Clover 1/4" (6 mm) Bias Tape Maker.

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I want a Smaller, No a Larger Quilt

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.
In general, we design quilt patterns to be a specific size. We fill the available space with motifs and elements that are proportioned to that size. For a large quilt we can fill the space with more flowers, leaves or whatever the design elements are to create a pleasing arrangement that is typically more intricate than a smaller design. It is generally best to choose a pattern that you like from the patterns available in that size range. We believe you will be happier with the outcome.
If you want to make a small quilt larger: first consider these things:
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Hawaiian Quilt Patterns

Machine Applique and Hawaiian Quilt Patterns

Can I fuse and machine applique a Hawaiian quilt?

If you are making a block, then yes, you can fuse and machine stitch. Machine applique can be an appropriate technique for decorating a tote bag, for example. (Be sure to remove the turn-under allowance that is built into our Hawaiian quilt patterns.)
In our opinion, if you are making a larger quilt it is:
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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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