There is a high probability that you realize the translation of “Aloha” means “hello” and also “goodbye”. Did you know it also means “good wishes to you” and “God be with you”? These are just a few of many insights I learned from the book “Hawaiian Applique’ “, by Vicky Fleming, besides all the great insights one should know about Hawaiian quilting. This is an excellent book for anyone interested in making an Hawaiian quilt, or simply interested in Hawaiian quilting!
Vicky has been making Hawaiian-style quilts for over twenty years and has acquired vast insights, that she generously shares through her book “Hawaiian Applique’ “, published by American Quilters Society. In this book, you will find information on historical quilting patterns, applique’ stitches, insights on Hawaiian words and phrases, along with much, much more!
General instructions are provided to help you choose a pattern, colors, fabric, etc. to make a beautiful Hawaiian quilted pillow or wallhanging. Instructions and visuals are well written and contain great visuals, walking you thru the steps to fold the fabric, cut, basting, quilting (hand or machine), add binding, and even insights on adding a sleeve. There are also great insights on traditional Hawaiian applique’ techniques, with instructions that help with applique quilting of curves and points
This book is packed full of patterns to make Wall Quilts (16 + a bonus desigh) and/or pillows (10 designs). There is also a chapter that provides insights on a variety of non-echo (hand) quilting, with wonderful machine quilting designs that will work well with Hawaiian style quilts. From SewCalGal’s perspective, designs range in complexity from beginner to advanced applique quilter. But, I recommend that anyone wanting to make any Hawaiian Quilt, have some level of applique quilting experience before they begin to tackle a Hawaiian Quilt!
Overall, SewCalGal views that this book “Hawaiian Applique’ ” by Vicky Fleming is a wonderful book. It is definitely a “must have” for any quilter that is interested in Hawaiian quilting.
This book is available for purchase from American Quilter’s Society: http://www.americanquilter.com/books_supplies/item_detail.php?id=6407