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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.

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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.

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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 >
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Big Dream Dance by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero for Hoffman California Fabrics

What will you make?

Sea Turtles and Dolphins Hawaiian Wall Quilt Pattern

I had the opportunity to play with Hoffman's newest panels by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero. There are so many things that can be done using these beautiful pieces of fabric. I decided to make a new version of our Sea Turtles and Dolphins Hawaiian Wall Quilt Pattern. The depth in the Teal version just called to me that it needed to have the Sea Turtles and Dolphins on it. It makes me think of the ocean.
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Reasons to do Hand Applique, Part 2


Guest Article from Nancy Lee Chong
Opinions and Possible Helpful Hints to Finish Sewing Faster
  1. Never stop sewing at the end of the thread. Before you set your quilt or block down, always tread your needle, and take at least one stitch.
  2. Only use your favorite fabrics and your favorite pattern. Don't settle for what others have chosen for you to work on.
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Customer Spotlight - Antje Von Wilffersdorff

You are in our Hearts Hawaiian Wall Quilt Pattern

Enjoy Antje's Story:

It has been fun thinking about and writing my quilting history, I hope you like it:
In the 8th grade my mother let my sister and I participate in a sewing course. For quite a while we used to sew our own clothes. But then, during university and working in my own dental practice I did not find the time to sew anymore.
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Reasons to do Hand Applique - Part I

Guest article from Nancy Lee Chong

Feather on the Beach Applique Quilt Border and Runner Pattern

Where, When and Benefits

  1. PORTABLE: Can be done almost anywhere; in a room with the rest of the family, in the car (as a passenger), on the bus/train/airplane commuting to/from work or traveling further, in the hotel room once you arrive at your destination, in the lunchroom where you work, waiting room of doctor's office, at a relative's house who doesn't sew.
  2. Minimal list of things you need to accomplish hand applique: of course, you need fabric, but then you only need:
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Taking care of your hands

Needleturn for hand health

As you know I am a needleturn girl and love the process of stitching by hand but I have found that when I do this for many hours and days at a time my hands tell me they have had enough. I am sure this is something many of you have experienced. Add to that a touch of Arthritis and you have the perfect storm. READ MORE >
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Tropical II


Tropical II Hawaiian block quilt pattern

Pohopoho
We have mentioned before that in the Hawaiian language it is common to repeat a word for emphasis. Take huli huli chicken, for example. Huli means "to turn". So if you cook chicken on a spit or rotisserie it is called huli huli chicken. Chicken that has been turned a lot! Among the many definitions for poho is "patch, as in clothes; to patch, mend." When clothing is mended it commonly involves sewing (appliqueing) a small patch over a tear. READ MORE >
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Thread Therapy

Aurifil Thread

When you are traveling or have time when you want to keep busy what do you do?

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Using machine and hand quilting in the same quilt

When you are going to quilt a quilt do you limit yourself to just machine quilting or hand quilting?Plumeria Hawaiian Bed Quilt Pattern

I have been thinking quite a bit about this lately. I have been working on making the medallion from the Plumeria Bed Quilt Pattern so I can display it in our booth at quilt shows and in this process decided to incorporate both styles of quilting.
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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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