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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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Just Desserts 2 Fabric Applique Class

Just Desserts 2 Fabric Applique Quilt ClassI had an opportunity to teach a one day, 2 Fabric Applique Class at Threads that Bind Quilt Shop in Coos Bay Oregon.

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What's in a Label?

Aurifil thread label informationHave you ever wondered what all of those numbers on the end of your Aurifil thread mean. Here is a wonderful graphic which gives you all the information you will ever need.

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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.


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Otavalo Ecuador

Textiles and More

Weaving

While in Ecuador we took a little trip to Otavalo. Otavalo is known for it's textiles and their Saturday Market. We spent some time wandering and took it all in. I have created a slide show of some of the sights. We were there for the Saturday Market which is the biggest day of the week. It was a bit overwhelming there was so much, however we went back on Sunday and it was so much smaller but there were no food vendors. It was fun to be able to see the spices and fruits and vegetables out on display. I think the thing that got me was how these hard working people set up and take down each day. I just can not imagine doing a quilt show where I had to pack it all in, set up, sell all day, pack up and haul it out... Every single day!

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Amigo Vision

Clinic Days

Amigo Vision patient

This is a bit of a diversion from my typical quilting Blog posts but I wanted to share a little bit about our recent adventure to Ecuador.

Our trip to Ecuador was primarily a Medical Mission trip with a few fun excursions in-between. We traveled as an Amigo Vision team of 16 people from Oregon and Washington to Quito. While we were in Quito we would travel by bus from our hotel one hour each way to a Nursing Home in the north end of Quito which was owned and run by the Rotary Clubs of Quito. They had a great space where we could set up and leave the clinic set up so each day we could just come and work. The local Rotary Clubs took care of scheduling 50 patients to arrive by bus every hour or so to go through the process of having their eyesight tested and evaluated. Some of the patience required additional help with glasses or a referral for additional services. In the 10 clinic days we were able to see 1957 patience many of them required glasses. Below is a slideshow of the photos I took of patience while we were there. It was an amazing experience. There were many people who were given the opportunity to see clearly for the what may have been the first time. You could tell by the smile that would come across their faces when they put on the glasses that were selected for them. This little guy in the photo to the left was one of my favorites. When I put the glasses on him he just grinned and gave me a huge hug! Then he would go back out with his Mom and came back in about three times. It doesn't get much better than that!

This was the first time Mark and I have ever been a part of something like this. It was so wonderful on many levels. I hope you enjoy these wonderful smiling faces!


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Kona Hawaiian Quilt Museum and Gallery

Kona Hawaiian Quilt Museum and Gallery

We were honored to be invited to have a selection our our Hawaiian Wall Quilts on display in the Kona Hawaiian Quilt Museum, in Kailua Kona, Hawaii

Our display of quilts will be hanging until about the 11th of February. If you are lucky enough to have a chance to go and see them go check it out.

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Ecuador

Otalvalo textiles

Before the Quilt Show season begins Mark and I are going on an amazing adventure. We heard about an opportunity to travel with a group from Mark's Rotary club to Ecuador. We will be traveling as part of a group called Amigo Vision.

Amigo Vision LogoAmigo Vision is a volunteer group who provides eye exams, referral services, and free or low cost glasses to non-serviced or under-served populations around the world.

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Thank you all!

Dog and Daisy 2 Fabric Applique Quilt PatternThis year you have all come together with me and donated to some important causes. I would like to let you know where you made a difference.

Since I designed our Dog and Daisy 2 Fabric Applique Quilt Pattern a portion of the sales have been sent to Guide Dogs for the Blind. This year we had a record number of patterns sold

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Free Christmas Tree Skirt Pattern

Who doesn't love a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree? Mark, Butch and I went searching to find such a tree for this photo of my Christmas Tree Skirt with ornaments from our Ornaments Applique Border and Runner Pattern. We had a good time tromping around in the snow on a lovely winter day up on Mt Ashland. My photos are not exactly as I had planned but we had fun, that is what counts right?

Pacific Crest Trail with Pacific Rim Quilt Company Christmas Tree Skirt

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European River Cruise with Nancy

A message from Nancy:

Nancy Lee Chong tulip Hawaiian quilt blocks

I am so excited that I'll be teaching on a European River Cruise April 2019. In fact, we will be cruising from Amsterdam and returning to Amsterdam 7 days later, with stops in: Zaanse Schans, Veere, Antwerp (optional side excursion to Bruges), Arnhem, Hoorn (optional side excursion to Edam and Volendam), and return to Amsterdam for a visit to the Keukenhof Gardens.

Nancy Lee Chong

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Having trouble appliqueing on a large quilt?

What to do with this big wad of fabric?

Pacific Rim Quilt Company Woodland Lei Hawaiian Wall Quilt PatternQuilter's Question: I have been asked to finish a king-size Hawaiian quilt that someone else started. The problem I am having is that when I do needleturn applique, my left hand holds the fabric positioned so that my finger is under where I am working and my thumb can hold the edge of the applique as I sweep the raw edge under with the needle and stitch. But with this king-size project, as I move to the middle of the design, there is too large a wad of fabric for my left hand to do its job. How do people do these king-size quilts?!

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