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Issue: #61

April 2015

In This Issue
TROPICAL III: Hawaiian Quilt
SPRING LILIES: 2 Fabric Applique Quilt
APPLIQUE POINTS - How to stitch pointy points
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  Trop III, lilac

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April 1 - May 13, 2015 
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A drawing will be held the week of May 18 to choose the winners. There will be at least one winner, maybe more! The more fabric that everyone buys, the more winners there will be.
And here is a little known secret: If you are a winner you can either pick from the available hand-dyed fabrics, OR you tell Janice what you want and she will special dye the fabric just for you!!! No foolin'!
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Spring Lilies

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All members of The Applique Society (TAS) will get the Ms. Bubbles pattern, designed by Nancy, FREE in their July/August* newsletter!
Ms. Bubbles light on dark
Ms. Bubbles - light applique on dark background (11"x17")
"The Applique Society's mission is to Promote, to Teach, and to Encourage the Love of All Types of Applique in Quilting. We work to educate and promote public interest in the world of applique, as well as encourage and inspire creativity. The Applique Society (TAS) and its members want to ensure that the art of applique will continue through the generations."
"Membership is open to all persons who enjoy the art of applique. As a member of TAS you will be part of a fast-growing, well-respected, worldwide organization devoted to the art of applique."

If you are not a member of TAS, you can join on their website. The only way you will get this pattern is by being a member of TAS! 


Ms. Bubbles dark on light
Ms. Bubbles - dark applique on light background (11"x17")


* At the time of our publication TAS is planning on publishing the Ms. Bubbles pattern in their July/August 2015 newsletter. But as we all know, things change. Rest assured, if it is not in that issue it will be in another one soon.



We love receiving emails like this one!


"Nancy--I met you many years ago when you came to present to the Omaha Quilt Guild. I was lucky enough to be invited to share dinner with you. After taking your sailboat class, I took that quilt with me as I moved from state to state. I have introduced your patterns to so many quilters who LOVE them.


My friend Carole, in ME, is one of your biggest admirers, I think she has probably made more than a dozen of your patterns. She has started a fan club in her small group there, and several of them have purchased your patterns.


Thank you for giving joy to our quilting, Nancy, through your creativity and art.


Sincerely, Linda K"


What an achievement to bring joy to others! Mahalo


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No April Fool's joke here! The beginning of a new season is always a good time to look forward to new projects. To Fantastic Fabric Give-away buttonmake   it more fun to get ready for your next project, or to finish up your current project, we are once again holding a FANTASTIC FABRIC GIVE-AWAY! Read more about it in the side-bar at left, or click this button.


It has been much too long since we shared with you one of our tips for improving your needleturn applique. Well, wait no more, in this issue we share our secrets for getting pointy-points with ease.

Remember to watch our Calendar to see when Nancy will be teaching in your area, and to find us vending at a quilt show near you! We hope to see you soon.


E komo mai,


Nancy & Janice

TROPICAL III - Hawaiian Quilt Blocks

Don't be fooled


We admit it; these blocks can sometimes fool your eye. So, look at the blue fabric to see the designs. The blue fabric is the applique fabric, the fabric on top of the white background fabric.


Tropical III Most often we see Hawaiian quilts with a medallion that floats in the center of the quilt. If there is a border it surrounds the center medallion. In this set of blocks you could think of each block as a border only, with no center medallion; or you can just understand that the design elements come into the center of the block from the edge. 


In our book "Design Your Personal Hawaiian Quilt" we describe this style as a grounded border; meaning the applique fabric extends all the way to the edge of the quilt, or block. The fabric cut away is just from the inside. The design motifs are integrated into the fabric coming from the outer edge of the block.


Plumeria block - TropIII
Light applique on dark background

You might want to read the article in the July 2011 issue of our e-Newsletter for our description of how these blocks are

cut. It is no different than any other Hawaiian quilt pattern, but if you want some extra assurance, read that article, too.


Of course, the look of these blocks changes with a light applique on a dark background, and can be very interesting incorporated into other quilts when you want a different look.

Tropical 9-patch


In this example we alternated blocks from our Tropical II pattern series with these Tropical III patterns. All nine of these blocks were made with a dark applique fabric on a light background! Imagine the possibilities for your next quilt.




Tropical III, six 21" blocks. Normal price $12.00, for a short time this pattern is our Internet Special for only $10.00.  Buy yours now. 

Did you know? We have a page on our website that gives you the FABRIC REQUIREMENTS for all our patterns. Of course, the information is also on the back of each pattern, but if you are ordering the fabric before you have the pattern, this will tell you how much fabric you need.


SPRING LILIES - 2 Fabric Applique Quilt

It's in the details    

Spring Lilies - 200 Who doesn't think of lilies in the Springtime? Even if they are not in your garden, they are in nurseries and the floral department of your grocery store; and with this pattern could be hanging on your wall!


The secret to success with this pattern is in the details of the stamens. Make the stamens strong, bold, high contrast. By drawing attention to the stamens you bring a focal point to the petals of the flowers.


The stamens can be embroidered (by hand or machine), inked, painted, beaded, fused, or use little buttons like on the quilt at right.  Spring Lilies, detail

Spring Lilies, 24" x 36", $12.00. Buy yours now.

Find a Fabric Pack to make your quilt here. Remember, you can choose any 2FAQ fabric pack to pair with any 2FAQ pattern. Your choice! Consider our pairings as suggestions only.
APPLIQUE: POINTS (aka mountains or peaks)
How to Stitch Pointy Points 
We find it is often the outside points that are the most off-putting to people considering an applique pattern. Far too often we watch someone put back a pattern with a comment like, "Too many points!" It makes us sad to think that someone would not choose their favorite pattern, just because they don't feel they can applique the points. So, we want to show you our technique for outside points, and hope that you will never again turn away from a pattern you really like, just because of the points.


Two Secrets for Sharp Points:

  1. Turn under a full 3/16" on both sides of the point. Our patterns have been designed for you to do this, do not skimp on the turn-under at the point, and do not trim away any fabric.
  2. On the second side of the point, sweep the edge of the fabric down and away from the tip.

Remember: It is not important how the tip feels; it is important how it looks. The very nature of a point creates some bulk in that area; the sharper the point the bulkier it will feel. Bulk is not minimized by cutting away fabric; that only weakens the point. Bulk is minimized by sweeping the edge of the fabric away from the tip.


Note: For these photos we used silk organza fabric so you can easily see what happens under the applique, and red stitching thread.


Here is how we create pointy-points:

point diagram 1


As you approach the tip on the first side of a point, stop stitching where the new point will be. Add a second anchor stitch in place at the tip.




point diagram 2 Turn the quilt in your non-stitching hand to get a better position with your needle for stitching the second side. With the tip of your needle, catch the top layer and seam allowance of the applique fabric. Your needle needs to control these two layers of the applique fabric for the next motion.


With your underneath finger under the shaft of the needle for support, push the shaft of the needle into the anchor stitch, sweep the needle like a windshield wiper, pivoting around that anchor stitch...

point diagram 3

point diagram 4 point diagram 5


point diagram 6...until the needle (with the fabric you are turning under) is pushed up against the first line of stitching. This sweeps the edge of the fabric away from the point tip. Use the thumb of the non-needle hand to hold this in place.



On a right-angle or less acute point, one sweep is usually sufficient. 


point diagram 7On a sharper or more acute point, (without undoing what you just did) insert your needle in the seam allowance again and sweep a second time to make a pointier point. Tug the thread to establish a crisp point.



point diagram 8When the point looks good, take one or two stitches close to the tip on the second side, then continue with your normal needleturn down the second side.



Notice in the photo below that the 3/16" turn-under on both points is distributed away from the tip of the point, not jammed up in it.


point diagram 9


Yes, there are overlapping layers of fabric/bulk in the point; there is no way around that! But, by leaving a full 3/16" turn-under you prevent fraying as you are stitching the point, and extend the life of the quilt. Remember, worry less about how it feels and instead appreciate how it looks and how long it will last.


One of our favorite things about applique is that you need to learn techniques for only five simple shapes to master applique. All applique is made up of just five simple lines, or shapes:

Keep subscribing to our e-Newsletters for more helpful information and inspiration to keep you happily appliqueing!

2 Fabric Applique Quilts DVD cover
2 Fabric Applique Quilts with
Nancy Lee Chong
Hawaiian Quilt video cover
Hawaiian Quilting with Nancy Lee Chong

If you learn best by watching someone else, then consider one of our DVDs. In both these DVDs Nancy demonstrates her techniques for these five applique shapes, and much more. By getting comfortable with these techniques there will be no applique you cannot do...and do beautifully.


Nancy's Whereabouts:


Want to meet Nancy or take a class from her in 2015? Here are a few places where you can take a class, watch a presentation at a shop or guild, or find us at a quilt show. Most guilds welcome visitors, so don't be shy.


Make your plans now for one or more of these events: 


2015 Shows, Classes, and Events:

  • April 6-7, Foley, AL, Island Quilters
  • April 9-11, Portsmouth, RI. Quilters by the Sea of Rhode Island Guild
  • May 11, Bellingham, WA. Moonlight Quilters
  • May 16-17, Ukiah, CA. Grapevine Quilter's Guild "Quilts in Bloom" quilt show
  • June 6-7, Grants Pass, OR. Rogue Valley Piecemakers "Quilts in Bloom" quilt show
  • July 23-24, Spokane, WA. Washington State Quilters
  • August 7-8, Newport, OR. Oregon Coastal Quilters Guild "Quilts by the Sea" quilt show
Register early for classes.  They can fill quickly, or be canceled if not enough people register in advance.


Click CALENDAR for details and contact information.



Academy of Quilting 

If you do not live where you can take a class from Nancy in person, then perhaps an online class at Academy of Quilting would work for you. 

Academy of Quilting brings you the joy of learning quilting, applique & patchwork in the comfort of your home with online classes. Here are the start dates for Nancy's classes:

  • April 17, Baltimore Basics
  • April 24, Make Your Own Hawaiian Quilt

Schedule Nancy now for your show or event in 2015, and beyond. If you would like her to come to your area to teach, let your quilt shop, quilt guild, or show organizer know. Print Nancy's Brochure and pass it along.  


Piggy-backing is good!
Nancy is always eager to teach or speak at more than one location when she travels. If she is able to book multiple events, then each group shares in her travel expenses. So it is really an economical and efficient way to book. If you see that Nancy will be anywhere near* you, then contact her to see if additional engagements can be arranged during the same trip. That way EVERYONE WINS!


*Remember, Nancy is traveling from Oregon. So near means that if she will be in Virginia even Florida is near. Think regionally. 

Thank you for spending a little of your precious time with us, we really appreciate it. Remember to send us your stories, pictures, questions, or suggestions. We love to hear from you.

A hui hou,
Until next time,

Nancy & Janice


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