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Mark's Musing

Food and Friends, Part 2

I mentioned in an earlier article, one of the side benefits of traveling to quilt show: local cuisine. Another benefit is connecting with friends.

When we attended Pacific International in Santa Clara, CA, an old-time friend drove over from Fresno to attend the show. We met Heather and her family shortly after we moved to Hermiston, OR in 1987. She had a daughter and a son the same age as our children. Heather babysat when Connie worked and the kids attended pre-school and grade school together, until Heather moved away. We met at Disneyland a few years later, but the kids had not seen each other since.
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Keeping you informed

Unauthorized use of our quilt images

Last month I shared the following quick note with you:

Earlier this month one of Nancy's students and an additional customer asked us if we had given our permission to a company that produces rugs and bedding to use our Herd of Turtles design. We were shocked to find out that this company APPEARS to be selling products with our Herd of Turtles, Halloween and Dragonflies in Flight designs on the products. This company, AZCOZY has not been given the rights to use any of our designs! We hold the copyrights.

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My First Sewing Machine, NEW 2 Fabric Applique Quilt Pattern

My First Sewing Machine 2 Fabric Applique Quilt Pattern

I did not think this one would come together so quickly but it has. This is "My First Sewing Machine" 2 Fabric Applique Quilt Pattern. It is available now...

This pattern was the result of teaching in Albany Oregon at Bolts to Blocks. I was teaching a Hawaiian Quilting Class and the students wanted me to return and teach a full size 2 Fabric Applique Class. One of the students requested a sewing related pattern, this started the wheels turning.
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Galway on the Hoffman Supernova

Galway Applique Quilt Border and Runner Pattern

I have been playing with our Hoffman Supernova fabrics and have come up with a wonderful way to use them for our Applique Quilt Border and Runner Patterns. I have used our Galway Applique Quilt Border and Runner Pattern. READ MORE >
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New Favorite Laundry Item

Have you ever made a quilt and used scrap fabrics that you are not sure of their history and decided not to wash them before you began cutting out your quilt? I am sure we all have.

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New Special Batiks

I am very excited about these SPECIAL new fabrics. I have been working with Majestic Batik from here in Oregon to create some fabrics that you have been asking for!!! I am thrilled that I can now share the new fabrics with you and I have them available online. I have the yardage, fabric packs as well as the kits which include the pattern. These fabrics were created to resemble the fabrics which some of your favorite samples were made from.

Elephant Quilt Kit

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Mark's Musing

We love going to quilt shows. Sure the days are long and the set up and tear down are back breaking. However, it is such a joy to meet with our loyal and new customers. As I have said before, quilters are some of the nicest people.

Traveling to quilt show also has a side benefit.Connie and I are both “foodies.”We love fresh, regional locally owned restaurants.There are times we patronize fast food and chain restaurants because of the convenience, but in our travels, we try to seek out those rare gems, serving made from scratch unique cuisine. Prior to our arrival, I do an internet search of Yelp and Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.

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Maximize your fabric

Cyclamen Hawaiian Wall Quilt Pattern

Writing pattern instructions is not easy. Instructions need to be accurate, concise and complete. Providing information about a specific size for a Hawaiian quilt pattern introduces a number of variables. What we have done on our wall-quilt patterns is to assume that most suitable cotton fabrics average about 42" wide. Since Hawaiian quilts are square (with exceptions, of course) we state that the quilt is 42" square. We have designed the pattern to fit on a piece of fabric that is at least 42" square, but the fabric could be larger.

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Customer Question

Woodland Lei Hawaiian Wall Quilt Pattern

Q: Do I cut away the background fabric from behind the applique before quilting?

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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 >
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Tropical II


Tropical II Hawaiian block quilt pattern

Pohopoho
We have mentioned before that in the Hawaiian language it is common to repeat a word for emphasis. Take huli huli chicken, for example. Huli means "to turn". So if you cook chicken on a spit or rotisserie it is called huli huli chicken. Chicken that has been turned a lot! Among the many definitions for poho is "patch, as in clothes; to patch, mend." When clothing is mended it commonly involves sewing (appliqueing) a small patch over a tear. READ MORE >
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Thread Therapy

Aurifil Thread

When you are traveling or have time when you want to keep busy what do you do?

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2 Fabric Applique quilts as lap quilts

Dog and Daisy 2 Fabric Applique quilt pattern

I decided to enlarge our Dog and Daisy 2 Fabric Applique Quilt Pattern by 200% to create a 48" x 72" lap quilt. It is like making the 2 Fabric Applique on steroids. The pieces are all larger and there is a bit more stitching! But you know, I am really enjoying it. This was the piece I took with me when I traveled to Minnesota. I worked on it in the airplane as well as in the car.


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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.
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Calla Lilies

Calla Lilies 2 Fabric Applique Quilt patternCalla Lily, a stately, elegant flower often chosen for weddings.

With its straight lines, gentle curves and few points this quilt stitches up quickly, whether by hand or machine.
We most often think of Calla Lilies as being white, did you know they also grow in shades of yellow, orange, green, pink, lavender and deep dark purple? So, when you are deciding what color to make your Calla Lilies, any color will do!
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Hawaiian Quilt Design Ideas

I have had many questions in the last few months from customers wanting to create larger quilts using our Hawaiian Wall Quilts. There are so many ways you can combine the Hawaiian Wall Quilt Patterns and Block Patterns to create a larger piece.

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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 >
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NW Quilter's Guild Festival of Quilts

We vended at the Festival of Quilts in Portland Oregon last month. It was a special show because Nancy Lee Chong and her husband Warren joined Mark and I for the show.

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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 >
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Making a Hawaiian Quilt as a gift

Sweet Peas for Grandma Hawaiian Wall Quilt Pattern

I want to make a Hawaiian Quilt for a friend...
A traditional element of Hawaiian Quilts was that the design had a special meaning to the quiltmaker or quilt owner. For that reason you may want to select a pattern which will have special meaning to the person you plan to give the quilt to. Secret meanings are frequently part of a Hawaiian Quilt's story, so if you share a special occasion, or want to convey a message you can embed the meaning in the name of the quilt, no matter the design. READ MORE >
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