Hawaiian Garden by Bette Runnels »
Type of item: Functional
100% cotton whole cloth and 100% cotton batik.
What was your inspiration?
I bought a kit which consisted of a printed piece of fusible interfacing. You sew around the outside of it with your machine, then you painstakingly turn it inside out, making sure all of the corners are popped out, then you press it down to your background, then you stitch it in place by hand. I did a sample to see if it would look better by hand or by machine, and darn it, it wanted to be done by machine. I am sincerely hoping it doesn't want to be quilted by hand. I will take it back to Indiana with me when I return this summer and hope to do it on my Viking Mega Quilter since it has a 9inch arm as opposed to a regular sewing machine with a 7 inch arm.
What are you most proud of?
I'm most proud that I listened to the fabric and went ahead and stitched it down by hand.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
I would advise someone (including myself) not to use this method. I have done 4 Hawaiian blocks in the past and I vastly prefer to cut it out in the traditional manner and sew it down by needle turn applique technique. It gives nicer points and more definition. But if this is the way you wish to do it, you can see that you can get a pretty nice outcome.