I am a 59 year old mom of 3. I have been sewing since I was 10. I have been quilting since 1990. My favorite form of quilting is applique,which includes hawaiian quilting. I learned the art of hawaiian quilting when my husband was transfered to Hawaii. Check out my teachers of hawaiian quilting at Poakalani.com.
Hi, Pier! Everytime my DH comes into my sewing room he just shakes his head! LOL Some of that fabric I *inherited* when a friend's grandmother passed. She'd worked in the fabric dept. of a local Walmart. Luckily she mostly had the better fabrics. You'd think I'd have more quilts made with a stash like that! The lesson I've learned from having so much fabric is that if you keep your fabric too long, there's comes a time when there just isn't that exact color to match what you have. Moral of the tale: Always make sure that when you buy a fabric you buy several yards of what matches it at that time! LOL
Hi Pier, Thanks for the encouragement, I know I should probably try something small first but that kind of goes against my character..lol.. I prefer to just go for it. That was a good description you gave about the snowflakes..I've made plenty of those in my day. Do you layer that on the same size of fabric as the top? I guess what I mean is are there small pieces underneath the cutout or one large piece under the whole design? it seems like if I wanted to do a white cutout that the fabric underneath would show through, do you just cut the same design a bit larger and lay it right under the top? Seems like it would need to be layered and basted..then start the applique..is that right? You're so sweet for taking the time for my questions..thanks so much..seems not too many are tackling these kinds of quilts..but I just love them!
Hi Pier, I'm curious about your method for the applique you do, is it reverse? I'm getting the courage to try one and give it as a gift to my cousin who lived in Hawaii for a few years. I checked out the Poakalani site but I guess I just wanted to hear from someone who enjoys doing these quilts and get some tips. Your work is beautiful !
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Well Pier, anyone who can do the intricate hawaiian applique has my respect! Your work is great! I've always wanted to try it. How do you do all those little turns and corners? Is all that needle-turned? Is it possible to do it with machine?
Hi Pier: If fyou look closely, there are several different lavender fabrics behind the GFG blocks. I was "auditioning" them to see which I liked best. Decided none of them but I liked the ones on the comforter peeking out on the left edge. I was able to find the same print as the favorite lavender in beige. So I am setting them with a white on beige fabric. The matching lavender that didn't get put on the front will be used for the back. I have the fourth row almost connected. Another time, I would use less variety of fabrics or have more constant color dominating. That's what I get for choosing to make an oversized queen for a first project!