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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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Quilters Travel Companion Pattern

A few months ago I was asked to create a pattern for the newest Quilters' Travel Companion and Crafters' Guide 2018-2020. This is their 15th Edition.

I thought I would like to share my love of Hawaiian Quilts and create a block pattern of Plumeria. This is a pillow that will coordinate with our Plumeria Hawaiian Bed Quilt Pattern. I was thrilled to be asked to be part of the wonderful Travel Guide.
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Pepper Cory Lecture at Quilt Market

While at Spring Quilt Market in May of 2018 I was able to attend a lecture given by Pepper Cory. Pepper is an accomplished quilt artist, collector, designer and teacher. I was very impressed with the class and the information she shared.

This class was called Deep Work. The name comes from a book by Cal Newport which she used as a reference. Deep Work is the ability to focus without distraction on a task. It will push your abilities to their limit.

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Inspiration from Art Gallery Fabrics at Market

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Portland, Oregon

Rose Arbor 2 Fabric Applique Quilt Pattern

The official nickname for Portland Oregon is the city of Roses the Rose City. In 1889, the Portland Rose Society was founded, and promoted the planting of 20 miles of Portland's streets with roses in advance of the 1905 Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition. READ MORE >
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CBS Sunday Mornings and Sunshine

Here Come the Sun

How many of you watch CBS Sunday Morning?

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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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Time is Valuable

Do More with what you have

Crowning Glory Applique Quilt Border and Runner PatternQuilts come together when you have inspiration, tools, materials, and time. The perfect blending of these four ingredients result in complete satisfaction. But, what happens when you find you have inspiration, tools and materials - but no time? Frustration, that is what happens. So, here are our tips for squeezing moments of productivity from your already too busy day.
  1. Whether you use a pillow case, a zip-close plastic bag, a shoe box or a pizza box...keep everything you need for a project in one bag or box. (Yes, even the special notions, thread and tools you need.) Having everything together in one place means that when you are ready to work on that project no time is wasted hunting for anything



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That Little Voice

Self-doubt and dealing with it

Flower in Kauai

Have you ever feel less than satisfied with a quilt you made or something you have created? I am finding that there is a little voice that has been telling me it isn't good enough and at times it is stronger than others. It seems this little voice shows up after I have been very productive and thought I was happy with my work. The self doubt can be a motivator to some and not to others. How many times have you made something and that little voice said it isn't good enough so you did not finish the project? I think we are our own worst enemies! READ MORE >
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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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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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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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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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