Monday, March 11, 2013

My first Finished Project for 2013

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.

every quilt tells a story.....

18 comments:

  1. I was just thinking this morning about "reverse applique"!!! I had an idea how it was done, but your little tutorial was very informative!! Thanks!! Not sure if I'm ready to try it, but maybe someday!!

    Have a great day!

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  2. Like Doniene, I've never seen reverse applique. Thank you for the pictures and tutorial... it looks like fun!

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  3. Love both of these projects. :D I don't know when I'll ever get around to making a Hawaiian piece for myself, and Sarah's Revival is *still* on my dream sheet!

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  4. Such intricate work, Doreen. Very impressive.

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  5. Lovely turtles, Doreen, I always thought Hawaiian quilts were done with the fabric on top, I learn something new every day.

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  6. Looks intimidating; but the results are beautiful. You do wonderful work. I have never tried applique with needle turn. Hope to someday.

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  7. Just beautiful as always and what a wonderful tutorial Thanks !

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  8. Terrific images & instructions! Your work is so lovely & its great to hear the story behind this project!

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  9. Thank you for explaining this process, very beautiful.

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  10. thank you for showing this method, wonderful.
    ok I had to smile I think I need to make sarahs revival quilt now too...
    I have had the pattern for months thinking about it and now that I have been hand appliquing again its time to start this one!
    thanks for sharing enjoyed this post
    Kathie

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  11. I have always admired the Hawaiian quilt style using reverse applique, but have never attempted it, because I don't think my applique would be good enough!! You did a lovely job! I have a very old Hawaiian quilt book, I may just have to take another look at it again......

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  12. A wonderful reverse applique quilt.

    Greetings Manuela

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  13. it took me a while to see the turtles, i thought they were little tubby people. then i realised it was a gorgeous Hawaiian block.. Its not a technique i have tried, might need to give it a go. The red one looks beautiful

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  14. Lovely! I have a book of pillow size Hawaiian patterns that I will try one day!

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  15. Gorgeous Hawaiian quilt. I took a Hawaiian Quilt class at Quilt University once. It was a great class and fun to do reverse appliqué. One day I will do some more. But your turtles are so pretty.

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  16. Love it, I think if I only appliqued for the rest of my quilting days, I'd be happy!

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