I summed up the courage to start my first Hawaiian quilt block. I have been wanting to make one since reading Jennifer Chiaverini's "The Aloha Quilt". Reading how Bonnie was taught to make her first block really peaked my curiosity. The applique techniques sounded so interesting and quite different from anything I have done in the past with applique.
I bought this fabric along with the book (below) last July during the Sister's quilt show. Gorgeous fabric. I probably should start with fabric that I don't mind messing up. But if I'm going to do this, I might as well start with the 'star' fabric because I am not so sure I will want to do this technique very often. Of course, there is a chance I might take quite a liking to it and do a lot more. Hard to say...anyway.....
Washed, ironed, and folded....deep breath and I start cutting....
Done. Not an easy task to cut through so many folded layers of fabric. I used my spring-loaded precise shears this time. The shears are meant for flannel rag quilts which I still have not made...yet. Okay, time to unfold and see what kind of damage I have done.
The basting alone is going to take awhile. The instructions say I need to baste 1/4 inch around all the edges. The basting will also be my guide while I am turning under the edge for appliqueing. I'm going to need my old sewing gauge (ruler) because my eyeing a 1/4 inch will end up very uneven. I can see those turtles turning into blobs!
I have also been working on binding for all four quilts. I haven't quilted the last top, but I should have it done within the next couple of days.