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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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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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APPLIQUE

Machine Applique

To begin, let's list the reasons we like to applique by hand:

  • Portable, around the house or around the world.
  • Relaxing, even therapeutic.
  • Can engage in conversation with friends and family while quietly stitching, anywhere.
  • Can keep stitching when the power goes out.
  • Prefer the look and feel.
Now let's list the reasons for machine applique:
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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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Fast Beginner Hawaiian Wall Quilt

Cyclamen

Cyclamen Hawaiian Wall Quilt Pattern

This is a plant most of you have seen, but may not know its name. It is a favorite house plant in colder climates for its colorful blooms, and is a garden plant in warmer climates. READ MORE >
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Fast and Fun

Penguin Family 2 Fabric Applique Quilt Pattern

Penguin Family 2 Fabric Applique Quilt PatternEveryone loves penguins. They are so amazing and so cute! Can you believe that Janice designed this quilt without having watched the movie "March of the Penguins"? She did watch the movie while she was appliqueing it, though. So here is her first hint:
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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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Reader Question

Hibiscus 2 Fabric Applique Quilt Pattern

Are 2 Fabric Applique quilts reverse applique?

This seems to be a question that is asked often. Everyone has their own interpretation of this so I thought I would share ours:

There really is no such thing as reverse applique for you, the quiltmaker. You are always cutting on the cutting line of the top fabric, turning under the raw edge and stitching the top fabric to a background fabric. All applique is done exactly this way.

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Selecting Fabrics


Sunflower Fields 2 Fabric Applique Quilt Patterns

One of the reasons Hawaiian quilts and our 2 Fabric Applique Quilts

Sunflower Fields 2 Fabric Applique Quilt Patternappeal to us is that we only have to choose two fabrics! As simple as that sounds, we know some of you would like a few tips for making good fabric selections.

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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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Spirited Good Fun

Halloween 2 Fabric Applique Quilt

Halloween 2 Fabric Applique QuiltHalloween is the second-most decorated holiday in the US and dates back over 2000 years. Fun for kids and adults, it seems nearly everyone enjoys the fun of costumes, candy and creepy things.
TIP: We know many of you like hand applique, but we think this quilt is crying to be fused and machine stitched. In just a day or two you can have this quilt completed
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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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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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2018 Academy of Applique

I wanted to share the following Newsletter article from the Academy of Applique about Nancy's Teaching in 2018:

Did you see that Nancy Chong is returning for the 2018 Academy of Applique? Predominantly known as the Queen of Hawaiian quilting – she offers a “design” class working individually with each attendee to make their own, personal, Hawaiian quilt! She will not only help you get started and begin

Academy of Appliqe

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Free Holiday Star Pattern

2 Fabric Applique Holiday Star Placemat

Free Holiday Star Pattern

Here is a fun and simple Holiday decoration for your home or use it as a gift for a friend.

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