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Being Thankful and Hidden Blessings

While it is a strange time in our lives and unlike anything we have ever experienced, I count my blessings. I posted a couple of questions on Facebook this last week and asked our Followers the following questions.

What are you thankful for today?

Virtual Hawaiian Quilt Show


Customer adventures in applique

Butterflies 2 Fabric Applique Quilt by Karen K

While Nancy and I were in Puyallup we visited with Karen K. She is a long time customer and has made many of our wall hangings and when I say many, I mean 19 or 20 of the 2 Fabric Applique Patterns. She had just finished the Giraffe Family and the Elephants after having visited the real thing in Africa a year ago. She shared with us a bundle of fabric she purchased from a 4-H group selling fabric there in Puyallup, all you could READ MORE >

Hawaiian Wall Quilt Class

Hawaiian Quilting class at Bolts to Block Quilt Shop

Earlier this month I was invited to teach a 2 Day Hawaiian Wall Quilt Class. This class was in the Blocks to Bolts Quilt Shop in Albany Oregon. In this class each participant was able to select a Pacific Rim Quilt Company Pattern and learn all about making their selected patterns. READ MORE >

The Rainforest of Ecuador

Our last weekend after the clinic in Ecuador was spent in Mindo. Mindo is about 2 1/2 hours northeast of Quito and might as well have been in another world. This was not the city of 2 million at an elevation of 10,000 feet but a small little community of about 3,000 in the rain-forest at an elevation of about 4,000 feet. It was much warmer and so much wetter. We experienced rain falling from the sky as I have never experienced it. Our accommodations were a thatch roof lodge which was absolutely amazing in every way. We visited a chocolate factory, butterfly enclosure and went on cable car ride to see some waterfalls and a hike. This finished off our incredible adventure in Ecuador.

I came home so inspired and full of ideas for future quilts! Stepping outside my box is always good for me.


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.


Inspiration from Art Gallery Fabrics at Market


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 >

Bed Turning

A Special Invite

I just love how the quilting world draws people together! Here is a story that illustrates just that. I have known a woman in our community through my husbands involvement with Rotary International and would always chat with her when we were at the same social events for the last 10 years or so. In passing several times we have chatted about how she collects quilts and how special they are and what incredible works of art they are. This spring we again were at a social gathering and began visiting about quilts and I told her about how Mark and I had purchased Pacific Rim Quilt Company and inquired whether she had any Hawaiian Quilts. She had not collected any Hawaiian quilts but

Antique Quilts



Janice's hand-dyes are making it into some big shows!

Pam Seaberg creates beautiful art quilts and has made these three

The Sleeping Artist by Pam Seaberg


Quiltfolk - Hawaii

Have you checked out Quiltfolk? The new community supported quarterly magazine? I received my third issue last weekend. I loved the first and second but I have to say the third is perfect for those of us who love Hawaiian quilting and Hawaii! I do not consider this a magazine but a quilting travel book. The stories are well written


A Few of my favorite things

Inspiration abounds

I am always thinking about new quilt pattern designs to add to the wonderful selection we already have.Iris by Connie Johnson Sayler
While designing I find myself poring over my photos. Reminiscing is so fun!


A new customer gallery

Come and check it out

I am happy to announce that we have put together a new customer Gallery!

Flowers that Never Fade Hawaiian Wall Quilt

That was the only thing that was missing on the new web site. So many of you have graciously shared your photos with us over the years and they have been a great source of inspiration! Now they are all once again in the same place. READ MORE >

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


Quiltfolk Magazine photo by Connie Johnson Sayler

Have you checked out Quiltfolk? The new community supported quarterly magazine? I received my second issue last weekend. I loved the first issue but I have to say the second is incredible. I do not consider this a magazine but a quilting travel book. The stories are well written and I love the photographs. I sat down to read it and could not put it down until I had read the entire thing. They took me to Iowa right along with them!

The first issue is about Oregon, the place I have called home for the last 30 years so I was familiar with what they were talking about. The second is about Iowa, a place I have never had the pleasure to visit. I now would love to visit, shop and meet the wonderful people who have been interviewed. It is so inspiring to read the stories and feel a connection. Each issue will take you to a new or familiar state. Issue 3 is going to be about the Hawaii, quilting history, shops, designers, quilter's and much more. I can hardly wait to see this one.

My favorite part of the quilting world is the instant connection. I think it comes from doing something you love and are passionate about.

Do yourself a favor and check it out. Think of this as a fine quilting travel book not just another magazine. With it's 160+ pages of inspiration it is well worth the money! If you use the coupon code: SHOP1076 you will receive a 10% discount.

If you do not subscribe you can still join the community for free and receive emails with exclusive articles, videos, interviews, and more. Advanced previews of upcoming issues. Special offers for you and your friends. Behind-the-scenes travel updates, and other fun from the road

Take a quilt journey with them!




Are you in a creative slump? I know we all feel that way periodically and here is a series of articles Janice Lee Baehr wrote for us. This is a compilation of ten articles published in our e-newsletter in 2015 an 2016. We do believe creativity benefits you and the entire world we put these articles together in an easy to print and save format.

Our continuing desire is to kick-start or to stimulate, YOUR creative juices! ENJOY


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


Hawaiian Quilting - History

Hawaiian Quilting - Mysterious Origins

The 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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