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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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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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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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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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Sweet Peas for Grandma

Sweet Peas for Grandma Hawaiian Wall Quilt PatternHawaiian quilters have long been known to make special quilts. I wanted to create a Hawaiian Wall quilt with a special meaning. Sweet Peas for Grandma was designed with my Grandma Myrt in mind. She always grew sweet peas in her garden in Minnesota.

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Hawaiian Snowflake

Drum Roll Please

Nancy has designed a spectacular new Hawaiian Bed Quilt Pattern for us. This is Hawaiian Snowflake or Haukea (pronounced How-kay-a).

Hawaiian Snowflake Bed Quilt

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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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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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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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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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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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