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Echo Quilting from Different Directions

Orchid Oasis echo quilting lines

When Lines Converge

The concept of echo quilting is easy: Evenly spaced rows of quilting radiating out from the applique. But what do you do when quilting lines begin to merge between a center medallion and an outer border? Or in the center of a quilt that has a large open center? Or, when the shapes of the applique cause the lines to bump into each other? The principles are the same:

  • You want an equal number of quilting rows coming from each direction until the lines meet.
  • You need to draw the lines in from each direction to find where they will meet before doing any quilting in that area.
  • You do not control the shapes created by the intersecting lines, they will be what they will be.
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Free Mini Holiday Tree

Holiday Mini Tree Pattern

It is back!

I wanted to make sure you that we had the Mini Holiday Tree 2 Fabric Applique Quilt pattern on our blog and available here on the new website. This pattern was available on our How-to-page of the old site.

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Making Bias Tape

Nancy's Secret to Success

Free instructions for easy-to-make bias tape for your Celtic Knotwork applique, stained glass applique, or for any other decorative purposes.

Bias Tape Maker

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Portable Travel Projects

Woodland Lei Hawaiian Wall Quilt Pattern

Are you traveling this summer?

I have to admit one of the best things about travel is the fact that I have time to applique! I do not have as much time as I would like when it comes to appliqueing. It is one of my favorite things in the quilting world.

I was lucky enough to fly to Wyoming

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Quilt Binding

Quilt Binding PdfWe all know a quilt is not finished until it is bound. We also know a poor binding can detract from an otherwise beautiful quilt. Here are our instructions for getting the beautiful binding you want for

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Multi-Colored Hawaiian Quilts

Lilikoi Hawaiian Wall Quilt

When 2 colors just won't do

With these thoughts about tradition in mind, let's consider the use of color in Hawaiian quilting. Have you wondered if Hawaiian quilts are ever made with more than just two fabrics - two colors? The use of two or more colors of applique fabric Multi-colored Hawaiian Quilt is relatively new. It is seen rarely in older quilts, then more frequently from the 1980's to today.

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Needles for Applique

Needles for AppliqueWe often receive questions about which needles we like to use for applique. The answer is that both Nancy, Janice and Connie use John James Milliner (aka Straw) needles in either size 10 or 11. A size 11 needle is slightly thinner than a size 10, and works very well with tightly woven fabrics, and with batiks. Because a size 10 is not quite as thin, it does not bend quite as easily, and is often preferred by beginners. (Speaking of bent needles, we do not fret over bent needles anyway. We think a needle with a slight bend helps to keep the thread from twisting.)

The length of the Milliner/Straw needles aids in turning under the 3/16" edge of fabric when doing needle-turn applique. With

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Applique for Beginners

Which is the easiest pattern to do first?

Calla Lilies 2 Fabric Applique Quilt Pattern

We are asked this question a lot, and we always have one answer: "The one you like the best."

Why do we say that? Because all applique is made up of just five simple shapes: straight line, inside curve, outside curve, inside point and outside point (valley and mountains).

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To Quilt by Hand or Machine?

Flamingos 2 Fabric Applique Quilt Pattern

Your quilt top is finished. Hooray! You may have known from the beginning of this quilt whether you would hand or machine quilt it. Or you may have wanted to finish the top before you decided. If so, now is the time to decide. So what will you do, quilt by hand or machine?

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PacificRimQuilt.com

New web site

Welcome to our new home!

I am thrilled to announce to you the launch of our new website. We can now be found at PacificRimQuilt.com.

My goal with creating a new website was to provide you with an easier way to view and shop for Pacific Rim Quilt

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Dragonflies in Flight

Different Fabrics, Different Looks, More Possibilities

Dragonflies in Flight

Do you pick a pattern to buy because you love the colors of the quilt pictured on the cover? Or do you really love the design? If that same pattern cover had shown a quilt in different colors would you have still picked it? Most of us are probably attracted to color first. Skimming a magazine your eye will notice the quilts in the colors you have a preference for. You may never pause to look at quilts in colors that do not appeal to you, regardless of the design. Have you noticed yourself doing that?

Dilemma #1: Pattern designers and pattern companies can only show one quilt on a pattern cover - just one - that is supposed to appeal to everyone. An impossible task! Nancy likes blues and purples, Janice likes greens and reds, you hate orange, but love pink, one friend likes earthy colors, another likes jewel tones. One person wants the image on the quilt to be done in realistic colors, another in fanciful colors. We can only show one quilt on a pattern cover, but there are an infinite number of ways to change the look of the pattern using different fabrics.

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Lilikoi - Passion Flower

Lilikoi Hawaiian Wall Quilt Pattern

Our latest Hawaiian Wall Quilt was created by Nancy. This is a really beautiful round design.

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California Dreamin'

Gone Surfing 2 Fabric Applique Quilt Pattern

After creating Dog & Daisy and Cat Nap, I wanted to create a quilt that Mark had been asking for. He has said for a long time that quilter's create quilts for the ones they love and he wanted a guy quilt. So from that conversation and some suggestions Gone Surfing was born.

Here are Mark's comments on this creation.

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Hawaiian Quilting - Mysterious Origins

Hawaiian Quilting - Mysterious OriginsThe evolution of Hawaiian quilts is a bit obscure. There are few facts, much conjecture, and a wealth of stories. One well-known fact is that in 1820, when missionary wives arrived in Hawaii, they brought with them their pieced and patchwork (now known as applique) quilts from the eastern seaboard of the United States. They also brought an insistence that natives be clothed. The hasty construction of a muumuu left few scraps for piecing a quilt. Since Hawaiian women had been making kapa cloth for clothing and bedding for hundreds of years, they were used to working with large pieces of fabric, or kapa. So, to them, it made little sense to cut a large piece of fabric into pieces, just to sew the pieces back together again to make a quilt. A more logical approach was to work with a whole piece of cloth.

Conjecture takes over at this point. We believe the organic shapes of leaves and flowers used in applique
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