Hawaiian Applique Workshop with Dale Drake



Create an 18″ wall hanging or pillow with a beautiful Hawaiian appliqué pattern. In this one day class you will learn how to cut out the top layer, baste it and hand sew it using needle turn appliqué techniques, while hearing about the history of these beautiful patterns. Hand quilting with echo quilting will be demonstrated so that you can finish your piece on your own.

Saturday, April 20, 2024, 9:00am. – 4:00pm.

Fabric requirements for the workshop:

Two 18” squares for the top design and the background

Fabrics should be 100% cotton, with good contrast between the design fabric and the background.  Batiks are an excellent choice. Prewash and iron your fabrics, particularly if you’re using batiks, which tend to bleed. This will soften them and make hand sewing easier.

Supplies to bring:

  • Embroidery, paper cutting and large fabric cutting scissors
  • 100% cotton thread to match the top design fabric (Aurifil and Gutermann’s are both excellent for appliqué)
  • Second spool of thread, contrasting color, for basting
  • Pins
  • Thimble. A thimble will make your hand appliquéing easier. Find a good quality metal thimble that fits – it should stay on the middle finger of your dominant hand when you lightly shake it.

The instructor will provide the pattern and a good quality Sharps #9 needle for appliqué. Also, Subway sandwiches will be provided for lunch, included with the price.

Additional fabrics and supplies for finishing your piece:

  • One 22” square of light weight backing fabric (not batik)
  • One 22” square of 100% cotton or wool batting
  • Betweens #8 or #9 needles for hand quilting
  • Small quilting hoop (14” to 18”)
  • Extra fabric in one of the two top fabrics for binding (enough to create a strip 1.5” wide and 80” long)

Class size: 2 to 10

Instructor bio:

Dale Drake has done handicrafts all her life, and is happiest when hand sewing. She fell in love with Hawaiian quilts while living in Hawaii as a Navy dependent, and enjoys teaching others this gentle craft.

Questions? Call 765-664-9333. Or email [email protected].