This is the kit I received from a customer. She brought it back from Hawaii as a souvenir and consigned for me to complete it for her. I decided to construct it using the traditional Polynesian applique' style. I learned this process at an island quilt shop 5 years ago when I traveled to Kauai,Hawaii.
The first thing I did was trace the pattern onto the quilt top using a wash away marking pen. Then, with contrasting thread I basted the solid blue fabric behind the white background fabric. I kept the basting stitches approximately 1/8" to 1/4" beyond the turning edge of my design.
The pattern is created using a process often referred to as "Cut-away" or "Reverse" applique'. You only cut away a small portion of the fabric in front of your stitches as you work your way around the design.
Here is a super close up for you to see the markings,basting stitches and where I removed them once a section is completed.
Progressing along the design and a finished top.
The top was backed with a pretty Hawaiian batik fabric. (shown in kit above) The finished piece measured 20" square.
And here is my current Applique' work in progress. It is block #2 of Sarah's Revival. I started this on Saturday while attending my State Guild meeting in Culpeper, VA.
For this quilt, the applique' fabrics are marked, cut out with narrow seam allowances and sit on TOP of the background fabric. Once basted in place, I begin to needle turn the raw edges under along my marked lines.