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Spring Lilies 2 Fabric Applique Quilt Pattern

When we vend at Quilt Shows one of the things that customers enjoy is the fact they can see the samples and check out how they are quilted. There is only one thing that they all have in common and that is the fact that we always stitch in the ditch around the applique and then will do the rest of the quilting.


Taking care of your hands

Needleturn for hand health

As you know I am a needleturn girl and love the process of stitching by hand but I have found that when I do this for many hours and days at a time my hands tell me they have had enough. I am sure this is something many of you have experienced. Add to that a touch of Arthritis and you have the perfect storm. READ MORE >

Using machine and hand quilting in the same quilt

When you are going to quilt a quilt do you limit yourself to just machine quilting or hand quilting?Plumeria Hawaiian Bed Quilt Pattern

I have been thinking quite a bit about this lately. I have been working on making the medallion from the Plumeria Bed Quilt Pattern so I can display it in our booth at quilt shows and in this process decided to incorporate both styles of quilting.

Customer Question on Batting

Delicate Beauty Hawaiian Wall Quilt PatternChoosing a batting
Q: What batting do you use?
A: This is a question asked on-line, in our booth at quilt shows and classes quite often. Our answer usually begins: "How do you intend to use the quilt?" And that is a good question to ask yourself.
For our Hawaiian Quilts we use high-loft polyester bonded batting because it provides loft for our Hawaiian quilts. The air between the polyester fibers makes it easy to hand quilt, and keeps the batting fluffy between the rows of echo quilting. The quilting shows beautifully from across the room when you use a high-loft polyester bonded batting. We have never had any trouble with bearding (batting fibers migrating to the surface of the quilt), so we use it all the time for our Hawaiian quilts.

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.

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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