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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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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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Needleturn Applique lessons at home

Dragonflies in Flight 2 fabric applique quilt pattern

We all lead busy lives. It is difficult to carve out time to take a quilting class, even when you have a good teacher in your area. Taking a class has its own challenges...being able to see what the teacher is doing, and then remembering what you learned days, weeks, or even years later. What's the solution? A DVD, of course. If your goal is to learn needleturn applique, or to improve your techniques we recommend our DVD: 2 Fabric Applique Quilts with Nancy Lee Chong. Why a DVD? It can be played over and over again while you practice your techniques; READ MORE >
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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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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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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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Free Pillow Case Pattern

Fun use for our Applique Quilt Borders and Table Runners patterns

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2 Fabric Applique Placement on background fabric

Using Janice's Hand-dyed Sunset Fabrics

You have found a wonderful hand-dyed, one-of-a-kind fabric to use as the background of your 2 Fabric Applique Quilt (2FAQ)…hooray! But how do you decide where to place the applique? Obviously, the applique fabric will cover up some of that gorgeous background. How can you be sure what will be covered and what will be exposed? Hhhmmm. Here’s some help.

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Marking on Dark or Patterned Fabric

It is easy to trace a 2 Fabric Applique Quilt pattern on a light applique fabric by just placing the fabric on the pattern and tracing the cutting lines. But what if your applique fabric is too dark to see the pattern lines, even if placed on a light box? This could definitely be a problem with the new quilts we are introducing you to this month. What to do??

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E Komo Mai

Welcome 2 Fabric Applique

Have you ever heard the Hawaiian greeting: "E komo mai", it means "Welcome." We created a pattern variation to and here it is! READ MORE >
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Thread Basting - For Needleturn Applique

Temporary, not tedious

Think of thread-basting as a temporary replacement for pins.

Basting - how to

You need to hold two pieces of fabric together just long enough to applique them together. If it is a small applique piece then a pin or two will do the trick, but if it is a large applique piece (like a Hawaiian or 2 Fabric Applique Quilt) then thread-basting is in order. READ MORE >
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I want a smaller, no, a larger quilt

Dragonflies in flight 2 Fabric Applique Quilt PatternsReducing or enlarging patterns

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
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What's the difference

Hawaiian Quilts vs. 2 Fabric Applique Quilts

Woodland Lei Hawaiian Wall Quilt Pattern

Dog and Daisy 2 Fabric Applique Quilt Pattern

You may have wondered what exactly are the differences? What determines whether one of our patterns is Hawaiian or 2 Fabric Applique?

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Pohopoho style, with sashing

Tropical Floral Hawaiian Block Pattern

Tropical Floral is an example of the pohopoho style of Hawaiian Quilt. Poho means "patch", so pohopoho means many patches, or blocks.

Blocks can be assembled with or without sashing. When sashing is used the traditional echo quilt lines continue...
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Less-Than-Perfect Fabric Selections?

How to Salvage that quilt!

Kimono

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Quilting Ideas for 2 Fabric Applique Quilts

Ideas and Inspirations

You have a finished top, you want to have a finished quilt. But, you need ideas for how to quilt it. Here are our suggestions and this should get you started:

1. Use wavy, horizontal lines in the background to suggest clouds, wind or water. To make it more interesting, space these wavy lines closer together in the bottom third, then gradually space

Sailboat and Lighthouse 2 Fabric Applique Quilt Pattern

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