Teaching Hawaiian style applique is always so much fun, waiting to see how the designs look in the different fabrics. I offer students a choice: dive in the deep end of the pool and begin with a block that finishes at 18-19 inches, like the one above, or give the technique a test-drive on a small 6 inch block before moving to a larger piece. Many students like the somewhat fiddly smaller pieces because they can practice on it in class, then work on their “special” full-size block at home where they are comfortable and have all their fabric stash and thread. As you can see… we had happy students…this is good!
For the small blocks, students have a choice of the Taro leaf or a turtle.
Here’s a picture of the classroom:
And a few more of the larger squares… I just love the variety in the fabric selections!
(Oh…. tacky moment: these patterns are all from my Nourish the Body, Nourish the Soul pattern available here.)
And finally, two rousing red blocks. This student looked at various threads to satin stitch, from black to white to red, and settled on an orange that will set off the edges but not scream:
I had a total blast teaching in Nebraska. The students were great, the many volunteers who put this event together were great! Thanks so much for inviting me, ladies, and hope you my readers have enjoyed visiting with me!