Saturday, December 21, 2013

Merry Christmas - Happy Holidays with some Hawaiian flora

Happy Holidays to everyone!!! Beautiful poinsettias that were showing off their colors on a sunny Hawaiian morning.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Newsletter Problems lately

Aloha to you all. In the last two months I have had many newsletters that did not go through for a variety of reasons. Yesterday I removed all the email addresses that didn't go through when I sent out my newsletter yesterday morning. IF you did not get a newsletter from me yesterday about my Cyber Monday sale and WANT to continue to get my newsletter, please go to my website: and sign up for the newsletter. My Cyber Monday sale is good through Wednesday if you are interested.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone

A wonderful and happy Thanksgiving to everyone. What a wonderful turnout for Quilter's Gallery blog hop. It seems that the rotary cutter and the seam ripper are the favorite tools of most of the quilters who responded on my blog. For me I like my Applique and Pressing tool by Pearl Perierra. Since I love hand applique this certainly makes those points and valleys easier to turn. The winners have been notified of their wins. See you next time around.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Giving Thanks - Quilters' Blog Hop Party 2013

Quilting Gallery is having their GIVING THANKS Blog Hop Party starting LATE in the afternoon (EST) of November 21, 2013. Let us all take time to be thankful for what we have and look at all the good things in life. At the same time we need to be aware of all those that are suffering around the world and hope that they will recover and be able to go on with their lives. I live in Hawaii with beautiful flowers all around. Just looking at their cheerful colors can bring a smile to my face.
This is a picture of pretty butterfly (Passion Vine Butterfly) visiting an ixora plant in my yard, such bright happy colors. Please leave a short message telling us what is the quilting tool that you are most thankful to have. I will have a drawing on November 26th and send a gift coupon for 30% off to be used on my website to two lucky winners. OR your choice of one of my fabric bundles FREE. Please indicate which you would rather have, discount coupon or fabric bundle. I will need your email address in order to send you this email gift coupon so if it is not on blogger please leave your email for me. In order to redeem the gift coupon your order will have to be at least $16. Thank you for stopping by. Please return to Quiler's Gallery to continue on with the hop.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Sea Crystal Quilted

Finally I got back to finishing up Sea Crystal, the little quilt that I am teaching at Quilting on the Beach, 2014, in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. This is a fun little quilt to learn how to do my TNM (Tear No More) foundation piecing method. Who was I channeling as I did the quilting, because this does not look like my normal quilting? I have been machine quilting all my smaller pieces for quite a few years but this is certainly the best I have done.
Now for a look at the front.
I hope this encourages you to join me in the class. There are still openings, come to Hawaii in February 2014!!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Peaceful Honu times two!

Peaceful Honu is my newest pattern and she is a lovely turtle just peacefully cruising through the water. The first one I made was all batiks and I used a turtle print for the border. Then I decided that she would be really pretty made out of Oriental fabrics. I had never appliqued using Oriental fabrics before. You really need to have a very sharp thin needle in order to get through the gold and other finish put on them. Also I found that if you went into the fabric at a straighter angle the needle went through easier. I think that they both are lovely but give a different look to the little quilt. This small wall hanging measures 17" x 20" so it works up pretty fast even if you are doing it in hand applique, as I do. For those that fuse, go for it. Applique is applique is applique. One pattern works for any method of applique that you prefer to do.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Web Site News - Hawaiian Applique Kits

Because you asked I have added pictures of some of my Hawaiian applique kits on my web site. There are six choices shown for each of the six designs that I kit. With many more fabrics available for me to choose if you do not see what you want contact me through the website and I will see if I can make up a kit in your color choices.
Since I just finished a big project I have been taking time to get caught up with my duties before my busy season arrives. When I cut the fabric squares for my applique designs I end up with a nice piece of fabric. I have been letting these pile up and decided it was the time to make these into fabric bundles for the website. These pieces are mostly 10" x 16" with some being a little narrower, little longer, or a little wider. I would say that they are 1/8th to 1/4th yard each. There are ten fabrics in each bundle and it is over a yard totally. It is a pretty good deal if you want to add to your stash. These are great for those who do applique. Check them out. I will be adding new bundles as I have time.
This is a picture of one of the bundles in the Red to Purple group.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Butterflies for Amy Two

Butterflies for Amy Two is finished and the pattern is ready. This pattern is revised from the original Butterflies for Amy. The butterflies have been simplified with fewer pieces but still look beautiful. Let your imagination soar with various fabrics and colors. The bowtie block has also been simplified.
Please visit Nancy Mink's website .  She has written a darling little book called Every Quilt Has A Story.  I met Nancy a couple years ago and there are a couple pages that she has included about me in the book.   She writes about my inspiration for the original Butterflies For Amy, which was my cousin Amy and her challenge with leukemia. This book is a great gift idea for those quilters you care about. Check it out!!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Christmas in August

Poinsettia is done. This is a very Christmasy wall hanging that combines applique and paper piecing using my TNM method.  Of course you can use any method of paper piecing that you like to do.  I love how the poinsettias turned out. I would say this was for the quilter who has some experience as putting all those petals together can be tricky. Patience!! Available now so that you have time to make it for Christmas. We have gorgeous huge poinsettias that grow here in Hawaii. Hopefully this year I will get a picture to show you.
This measures 40" x 52".  You can also make a square one that just has one row of pieced blocks around, like the ones on the side and bottom of the applique.  Make one and bring a little holiday to your house.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

End of July Sale

For my Blogger and Facebook friends I am offering a sale through the end of July.  You get 15% off any order over $15.00.  Enter Summer13 in the Coupon Code box on the order form. 

Friday, July 5, 2013

Retreat in West Virginia used my pattern!

Ann Majors, Just A Quiltin', who holds a retreat for a few selected quilters every year in West Virginia used my pattern Hibiscus Paradise for this years retreat. 

Look at this wonderful group with all of their quilt tops.  Don't you just love the variety in fabrics?  I feel honored to have had them use my pattern. 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Tropically, the quilt

I have just finished Tropically, the quilt version using four of my Tropically designs.  Bird of Paradise, Red Ginger, Bamboo and Hibiscus are the designs that I put together.  I will put the instructions on how to make this four patch in all the Tropically patterns.  This simple layout seemed to work well with the simplicity of the blocks.  The quilt measures 42" x 49" so it is a nice sized wall hanging.  Quilt Passions will be offering a class sometime in the fall on hand applique using the back basting method.  All these could easily be done with any method of applique, hand OR machine. 
Happy fourth of July and may it be a safe day for everyone!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Quilting on the Beach 2014

This February I will be teaching two classes at Quilt Passions' Quilting on the Beach.  One will be my Hawaiian Applique class, from cutting to applique, and the other will be a foundation pieced mariner's compass that I call Sea Crystal. 
This is what it looks like before I start quilting on it.  The piece will be 30" square so you may get the mariner's compass all sewn in class.  In my method you do not sew through the paper so you don't have to remove it after piecing.  I will have this pattern available later in the summer and it will include a larger size quilt also. Quilt Passions will have the brochure for the retreat available in the next couple of months.  If you would like to receive a brochure email them, and they will send you one when they are ready.  National teachers that are coming this year are Ron Arpell and Nancy Lee Chong.  Others may be added before everything is finalized.  Stay tuned!!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Colorful Tropics as a Block of the Month

I am so excited that my quilt Colorful Tropics is being carried by a number of stores as a Block of the Month.  If you are interested in making this beautiful quilt here is the list of shops currently carrying it, maybe one is close to you:
Quilt Passions  Kailua Kona, Hawaii
Stitchin' Heaven  Mineola, Texas
Bearly Quilting Sonora California
Cindys Quilt Shop  Caldwell, Idaho
Connect the Blocks Powell, Ohio
and soon to have it is:
The Quilt Place  Rockledge, Florida
Check out all these wonderful stores and maybe they will have just what you are looking for.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Tropically Bird of Paradise

Tropically Bird of Paradise is done!  This is 17" square and can be combined with any of the other Tropically patterns.  I hand appliqued my flowers but the patterns can be used for fusible or machine applique if that is how you like to do your applique. The applique on all of these is pretty simple and should not be intimidating for the quilter with some hand applique experience.  Soon I will have a quilt to show with four of the Tropically patterns together.  When I have that done the instructions will be included in the patterns.  First a picture of bird of paradise flowers that I have growing in my yard.

The second one had two flowers on one stem.  See the gecko on the stem on the left?
If you purchase four of the Tropically patterns from me you will get a discount of $4

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Quiltmaker's 100 Block, Volume 7 winner

Thank you to all of you who stopped at my blog on for the Quiltmaker's 100 Block Volume blog tour. It was a great turn out.  I am so glad that you enjoyed seeing my block, Patches.

The winner of a free magazine randomly selected from comments left on my blog is:  Bonnie Thiem.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Quiltmaker's 100 Block magazine, Volume 7

I have a block in the Quiltmaker's 100 Block magazine that will be coming out in early May.  Today, May 2 is my blog hop day where I can introduce you to my block.  Prizes will be given away so follow the event and see how lucky you will be.
Magazines will be released soon at news stands and at your favorite quilt store.  My block is number 601 on page 22.  I machine appliqued Patches, a cute teddy bear.  The method that I like using has the freezer paper ironed on the right or top side of the fabric and then the edges are turned under using a glue stick.  I prefer Elmer's school glue-glue stick as it doesn't dry fast and that gives you time to smooth out the edges.  This is the same method that I used when I made my pattern Miss Ellie Soleil, a delightful elephant.
Here is an example of a quilt that could be made using this darling bear and alphabet blocks.
Please leave a comment on my blog for your chance to win a free Quiltmaker's 100 Block magazine, please leave email information so that I can contact you for mailing instructions, and if you go to my website and sign up for the newsletter and you will have a chance to win a free pattern.  If I can not contact the chosen recipient or do not get mailing instructions another lucky number will be drawn.  Now please go back to Quiltmaker to continue on with the blog tour and visit the other great blocks that are featured today.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Tropically Orchid

The next in my Tropically series is done.  This one is Tropically orchid.  First I will show you a picture of the orchid that I was going for.  This was on a neighbors plant and it had very large gorgeous flowers on it.
Fabrics that matched the color did not seem to be in my stash so I tried lavender at first and ruled that out since it seemed want to look blue in a picture.  And I just didn't like it.  So then I found the following picture of a yellow orchid and said that is where I want to go.

The yellow that I used were not quite as brilliant as this picture shows but they make a lovely yellow cattylea orchid. 

There are now four Tropically done in this series.  You can combine them to make a variety of wall hangings.  Thery are all the same width.  Here is a computer generated example putting the four of them together.
Putting one square on and one long one together would look nice also.  Enjoy my touch of tropical spring.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Tropically Red Ginger

Flowers for spring and we had a beautiful rain yesterday to help with the blossoms. 

This week I released the third in my Tropically series and this one is Tropically Red Ginger.  It is another easy design for those that like hand applique.  Of course, if you are a fuser that doesn't leave you out at all.  As I always say: applique is applique is applique.  One method is not better than another, just do the one that you enjoy with the pattern that you like.  Lecture over!!  We have red gingers growing in our yard and their bright hot color is always a joy to see.   This can be put together with the Tropically Hibiscus for a nice small wall hanging. 
This is the same size as Tropically Bamboo.  The next in the series will be a small square the size of Tropically Hibiscus.  The next one is causing me some problems.  I have appliqued it twice in two sizes and I am still not pleased with it.  Is it the color, size, flower or what?  The Hawaiians say if there are bad or uncomfortable feelings while working on a quilt put it away and forget it.  Maybe that is exactly what I should do-BUT I want to finish this series so you can put the four together in your own Tropically quilt.  Time to reflect and enjoy the pretty sunshiney morning we are having.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Winners-Beat the Winter Blues Blog Hop 2013

What a wonderful turnout for the Winter Blues Blog Hop hosted by Quilting Gallery.  It was very interesting seeing all the participating blogs and reading what everyone had to say. 

My two randomly drawn winners of fabric bundles are:  The Orphan Quilter and Fiesta.  Emails have been sent to tell them about their winning.

Thank you all for participating.  For another chance to win - sign up for my newsletter on my website to enter your name in a drawing to win a pattern.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Beat the Winter Blues-Blog Hop Party 2013

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways
Quilting Gallery is having another Blog Hop and you are invited to visit at 207 blogs from fifteen different countries starting late afternoon on March 8th.  Give aways of all types can be found.  How fun is that??    When I make my Hawaiian applique kits I end up with some nice size pieces of fabric that are accumulating.  So for this Winter Blues Blog Hop Party I will give away a pack of ten batik fabrics at least 7" x 16" to two participants.  Please leave a comment telling me what your favortie type of quilting is and what your favorite color is.  Please leave an email address so I can reach you if your name is drawn. I will ship internationally.  Below are some examples of fabric packs that I have available.  On March 15th I will announce the winners.   Now return to Quilting Gallery to continue on to other blogs.  Good luck and beat those winter blues.


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Today in Hawaii

We have a group of wild turkeys who routinely go through the yard.  In this small group there are about seven hens and three males.  The males certainly are vying for position.  Here is a picture of two of them strutting their stuff.
 The next picture is one of the pineapples that we have growing this year.  Notice the purple flowers that come out of the eyes of the pineapple as it grows.  At this stage of grown the pineapple sort of looks like a thistle.  Look at the bottom of the picture, do you see the green gecko peeking out at me as I take the picture.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Rainbow at Sea

Rainbow at Sea just came back from the quilter.  This was not just any quilter but Angela Walters.  She has been quilting up a storm on the mainland and if you want to know more about her visit her blog Quilting is My Therapy  Rainbow at Sea is made up of storm at sea blocks colored in rainbow colors.  For once I didn't use as many fabrics as I could but kept it simple with just a few fabrics.  Oh, how it could sing with lots of fabrics!  
Now for a couple of pictures of the quilting.  Angela used the same design is all the inside blocks.  But check out how she quilted the individual elements.  It was enjoyable to hand sew on the binding and see all the detail in the quilting.  The back is just as pretty as the front without the interference of the fabric colors.  I wanted a plain back just for this purpose.  The border I especially liked.  It looks like a complex series of rolling waves.  Now that's my interpretation yours could be completely different!  Usually I use as many fabrics as I can to show motion in the quilt, this time the quilting is really the standout element.  ***Class for this quilt on February 14th at Quilt Passions.*** 

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Colorful Tropics Quilt

I have been very busy getting ready for the Quilting on the Beach retreat that officially begins today.  My classes are full and I may have an extra class for Hawaiian applique.  I am so priveleged to be able to share the art of Hawaiian quilting with so many. 

But along with the retreat I have completed a new quilt pattern called Colorful Tropics.  It is a sampler quilt that I made with wonderful fabrics from Island Batik in glorious colors.  This project was like writing a book(over 50 pages)  and I am so grateful to my friend Louise for all her help in editing.  Quilt Passions is going to use the pattern as a block of the month that starts this coming week.   During the eleven months I will have a demo every month to show the block and any little tricks that go with its construction.   Just a little applique and for those who don't do hand applique, shhhh-I fused it.  But it would look fabulous done in hand applique.  So here it is----                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
The center is a mariner's compass that I drew and the other blocks are those that have been around for awhile.  They all have a little challenge to them but I have, hopefully, written instructions to make them easier for everyone.   This is not a sampler for a beginner but I think that an advanced beginner who can read and follow a pattern could do it. The applique is of the bird of paradise that grows so easily here in Hawaii.  They really are one of my favorites and were perfect to use for my color choice in the fabrics.  This was a fun quilt to design and put together but who couldn't have fun working with such hot, fun, colorful fabrics?

Monday, January 7, 2013

Remember Big Island quilt

Quilt Passions worked with Hoffman Fabrics to come up with this fabric featuring places, flowers and creatures of the Big Island of Hawaii.  This fabric is available at many of the quilt stores located on the island.  Many you say, yes, didn't you know Hawaii was the hot bed of quilting?  Of course, give me a fabric and I have to come up with a design for it. 
Now for the quilt that I came up with.  The design not only works for fussy cutting from the Big Island fabric but other fabrics that have designs that you would like to feature.  I am in the process of quilting another quilt using a floral pattern for the larger areas and it really looks nice.  Pictures of that quilt will come later. The quilt below looks better in person and you can see it hanging in Quilt Passions, Kailua Kona.  I call this pattern Remember Big Island. 
The quilt stores of the Big Island will be having a shop hop in February and there are buses scheduled to go around the island.  Check this opportunity out if you are going to be on island in February.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Lemonade on the tree

Today has been a beautiful day at least in Kailua Kona.  I thought everyone would enjoy seeing the lemons on my tree.  It has been a bountiful year.  The size of the fruit vary but most of them are much bigger than the lemons you find in the supermarket.
My hands are quite large but take a look at this lemon!  They are really sweeter than the lemons you find in the supermarket.  I am thinking that maybe I should make some lemon bread with almonds.  Hmmm.