Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Turtles and more!

Two patterns have just been released and they both have a turtle or honu on them.  We love our honus here in the islands of Hawaii and it seems they are like around the world because the quilters keep asking for them. 

First up is Honu Kai.  This is a very large honu wall hanging or throw.  With an additional border it will make a nice twin sized bed quilt.  My instructions are for turned edge machine applique, but it of course can be done with any applique technique you enjoy doing.  With the turned edge I feel it makes the quilt more washable so that it can be really used.  There is plenty of room in the background for you to add additional seaweed, fish or whatever else makes the quilt your own.
As pictured this quilt is 54" x 72".  What a nice quilt for a young childs room!  All my patterns have full sized patterns, so this pattern is huge!  But you don't have to take it to a printer to have it enlarged.  That is definitely a plus for you.
Honu & Friends is a much smaller quilt, only 30" square.  It features a honu/turtle in the center surrounded by a Moorish Idol, a Spotted Boxfish, a Yellow Tang and the Hawaiian state fish, the Humuhumunukunukuapua'a.  The instructions for this quilt are for hand applique using the back baste method.  Again applique is applique is applique and you can make is using whatever method you like best.  Enjoy my newest designs!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Fusible Applique with Liquid Stitch Tutorial

For my latest quilt pattern, Time for ABC's, I used a method of fusible applique using Liquid Stitch.  This is the first time that I have mentioned this technique in a pattern.  In this blog I will try to show you my method in pictures as I built the ukulele.

1.  Draw the pieces on the non shiny side of freezer paper.  Rough cut them out and iron them to the right side of your fabrics.  Cut out on the line except where a piece goes under another piece.

2.  On the back of the fabric add a thin line of Liquid Stitch right on the edge.  Use a bottle with a small pointed tip.  Only do a short area at a time.
3.  Using a brush with a small tip paint the glue to the edge extending it out to 1/8" - 1/4".  This should be a solid line of glue.  Make sure that all points have a little extra glue on them.
4.  Allow the pieces to air dry.
5.  Put a pressing sheet on you your ironing surface and lay you pieces on top of it.  Cover these pieces with another pressing sheet and press with your iron for 10 seconds.  Allow to cool before removing from the pressing sheet.
6.  The pieces now have a fusible edge.  Peel off the freezer paper when you are ready to place them on the background.  Do this on your ironing board.
7.  After all the pieces have been applied to the background cover the piece with a pressing sheet and press for 10 seconds.  Pay special attention to the points or rounded ends of your pieces by going over them with the tip of the iron.  Allow to cool before doing any applique stitching. 
This method leaves your pieces soft.   I did not find that this method took anymore time than regular fusing.  I do a few pieces at a time and have some at every stage of the process as I go along.
Here is my finished quilt which measures 49" x 56".  The pattern is quite large because all the templates are full size, 45 page!. This is a nice baby or toddler present which could be used for teaching the ABC's and colors. 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Liquid Stitch and Applique

Back in 2009 I had a short post about Liquid Stitch and applique.  Since then I have continued to work with it and finally I am going to publish a pattern where it is the primary method used in the quilt contruction.  Hand applique is still my preferred method of applique because I thoroughly enjoy the relaxation that I have while doing it.  I love the look of hand applique and when I use machine applique I still like that look.  I feel that all my patterns can be used with any applique method and that everyone should use the applique method that they like to use.  The quilt that I am working on is an ABC quilt that has 13 appliques that are found in Hawaii.  But all can also be found else where.  It will be a cute childs quilt.

Back to Liquid Stitch.  I dilute it some so that it soaks into the fabric a little better and it is then easier to work with.  By covering the very edge of the fabric it almost eliminates any fraying while you stitch.  I have only had a few threads that have come loose while stitching.  When it is dry it is soft enough that you can hand applique it or machine applique it.  In this quilt I am doing raw edge applique using a blanket stitch but I have also used it in applique with turned under the edges.  More later when I have the quilt completed.

Applique is applique is applique.  Use the method that you enjoy because there are no wrong methods there are only many right methods.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

At the machine today!

Today I am working on my second Sunny Gecko wall hanging.  This one has a darker background so that it looks more like the ti plant is in a group of plants.  The gecko now seems to be hiding among the leaves.  I think I like this coloration better than with a light background and I wonder what you think!!  The gecko doesn't stand out as much but they don't when they are looking for insects to eat in nature, so maybe it is a little more natural.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Sunny Gecko - New quilt pattern

Aloha everyone!  Just hot off the press is my newest pattern, Sunny Gecko.  This is a delightful small wall hanging of a gecko sitting on a colorful Ti leaf waiting for its next bug meal.  We have many geckos in Hawaii and the green day glo geckos are quite colorful.  The red spots on them vary from individual to individual.  They seem to love to come into the house and leave little presents all over.  Why can't they stay outsiede where the bugs are??   This is a picture of the first one that I made.  If you check my website you will see it computerized in a different colorway which I think will be stunning! 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Seahorse World

My new Hawaiian applique pattern is done!!!  Seahorse World.  Four seahorses hanging around the ocean floor among the sea grasses and coral.  I love this square wall hanging that is small enough that you don't need a big wall for it.
 I made this 36" square but you can widen the border easily and it would look great.  Go for the width of the fabric that you choose for your applique.  I had a beautiful yard of hand dyed fabric that I wanted to use so that is why mine is 36" square.   It has been a while since I took time to do this much hand quilting and I forgot how much I really enjoy hand quilting.  It is so peaceful and relaxing!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Brightly Squared - latest quilt

I have just finished another quilt using my pattern Brightly Squared.  This is such a nice pattern to put together.  In this quilt I used one tropical fish fabric for all the bigger squares.  This quilt was to remind me of looking into an aquarium, maybe the white should have been another blue!!  Since I am having such fun playing around with this pattern this will not be the last time I show you a quilt where I used this pattern.