Sunday, November 27, 2011

My Beginner Hawaiian Quilt

I am going to teach myself the traditional Hawaiian Quilt method. I was hoping to take a trip to Hawaii and learn at the feet of the masters, but that will most likely never happen. I have learned however that the design of ones hawaiian quilt is very important. One should NEVER use anothers design but draw one of their own. In that manner, the long days required to create a Hawaiian Quilt will be more enjoyable because one is working on ones own design - be sure to start small so you don't get discouraged. My design is a pineapple topped with a fluer de lis. Usually the design is cut with special scissors on an eight fold triangle of the darker fabric. The light fabric is ironed into a triangle as well with the purpose of using the ironed lines to aid in pinning the design. Before the needle turn applique can begin, it is best to baste the entire design approx. 1/4" from the raw edge.

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