Multi Coloured Hawaiian Applique Wall Hanging

Palm tree Hawaiian applique

Palm tree Hawaiian applique

The multi coloured Hawaiian applique wall hanging comes as a result of my recent visit to the Canary Islands.  I was fascinated by the variety of palm trees.  I’ve made Hawaiian applique before, but always in one colour only.  I decided to experiment and see easy or difficult it would be to use several colours in the applique.  Cutting out the applique was slightly more difficult when I had to cut across the seam lines, but apart from that my experiment worked well.  I’ve ended up with yellow in the middle for the sand, then brown for the tree trunks surrounded by green for the palm leaves.

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Cutting requirements for the multi coloured Hawaiian applique wall hanging

28″ square of sky blue fabric

3.1/2″ squares:  one yellow, one each in two different browns

9.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles:  one each in two different browns

4.1/2″ by 9.1/2″ rectangles:  one each in two different greens

17.1/2″ by 4.1/2″ rectangles:  one each in two different greens

8.1/4″ square of paper

1/2 yard of Mistyfuse or similar double sided fusible interfacing

There are full instructions for drawing the template below, but if you wish to use mine you can download it here.

Mark out a triangle

Mark out a triangle

Make the template

I began with a sheet of A4 paper which happens to be 8.1/4″ wide.  Mark a line 8.1/4″ from the top to create a square.  Mark the diagonal line.  I’ve shaded the bottom section and the top triangle which won’t be needed so that you can see the triangle to be used for the template.

Mark a point 4″ from the left corner on the bottom line of the triangle.  Draw another point 6″ from the left corner on the diagonal line.  These marks show where the brown ends and the green begins when you draw the palm trees.

This template will mark out half of the palm trees because the fabric will be folded when it is cut.

Draw the palm trees

Draw the palm trees

Mark a small triangle in the bottom left corner of the triangle.  This will give you a small star in the finished applique.

Begin with the diagonal edge and draw a line about 3/4″ from the line as far as the 6″ marker.  This is the trunk of the palm tree.  Then branch out and add three palm tree leaves along the rest of the diagonal line, finishing with a line into the corner.  On the bottom edge of the triangle (showing as the right hand edge in the second photo) draw a line for the tree trunk to the 4″ marker point and then add three leaves and a point at the top.  Cut out the template.

Add the brown for the trunks

Add the brown for the trunks

Make the square for applique

Begin with a yellow square (the sand).  Sew a brown square to the top and bottom followed by a brown rectangle to each side.

Add the green

Add the green

Now add a 9.1/2″ green rectangle to the top and bottom followed by a longer green rectangle to each side.

Press all the seam allowances away from the yellow square.  The square measures 17.1/2″ square at this stage.

Add the interfacing

Add the interfacing

Press a layer of double sided fusible interfacing to the back of this square.  I use Mistyfuse, but you can use whatever you prefer.  The important thing is that it’s fusible on both sides as this will mean you can press the final shape to the background square to hold it in place.

Fold the applique square

Fold the applique square

Cut out the template

Begin by folding the applique square in half once and then in half again.

Place this square so that the yellow square is in the bottom left corner.  The bottom and left hand edges will be folded while the top and right hand edges are raw edges.  This step is really important to make sure that your applique comes out as one piece rather than several disjointed pieces.

Pin the template to the fabric

Pin the template to the fabric

Fold the top left corner down to the bottom right corner to form a triangle.  Carefully place the paper template on top of this triangle and pin in place.

Cut around the template

Cut around the template

Using a sharp pair of scissors cut round the template.  This takes a bit of effort when you are cutting across the seam allowances – there are a lot of layers of fabric at these points.  However, the result is well worth the effort!

Applique section

Applique section

Complete the multi coloured Hawaiian applique top

Unpin the template and carefully unfold the multi coloured Hawaiian applique.  Fold the blue background face in half twice so that you have fold lines and can locate the centre where the two folds cross.  Place the applique shape on top of the blue background square and smooth gently.  Make sure that the small star in the middle is placed on the centre of the blue square.

Press carefully, beginning in the middle and pressing along each palm tree.  This will hold the applique in place until you are ready to sew round all the edges to hold the palm trees in place securely.  Layer, quilt and bind as for any quilt.

I am so pleased that I managed to make a project using multi coloured Hawaiian applique and I hope that this has given you lots of ideas for similar projects of your own.

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Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura

Last week I promised you some photos from my trip to Fuerteventura.  I wrote a separate article and you can see it by clicking here or on the photo.

Visiting Fuerteventura – Canary Islands – Photos

Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura

My flying visit to Fuerteventura was an attempt to escape the winter here in Birmingham for a few days.  I hadn’t realised that Fuerteventura actually means strong winds and I certainly came across those.  However it was still way warmer than home and a lovely relaxing holiday.  I walked miles and miles and ate lots of fish so I felt that it was a healthy holiday as well as being warm and sunny.

The plants were wonderful – many exotic tropical plants that I hadn’t come across before.  So big and bright and colourful.  I saw my favourite flower, the Bird of Paradise, but didn’t take photos as I’m sure I have showed them to you in the past.  The Canaries are islands in the Atlantic to the west of Africa.  They belong to Spain and the whole area is very volcanic.




Church in Antigua

Church in Antigua

Fuerteventura sightseeing

I tried to visit the interior of the island as well as the coast.  This pretty little church was in a town called Antigua.  They pronounced it Antigwa, rather than the way the Caribbean island is pronounced.

Many different palm trees

Many different palm trees

The church was set beside a square filled with palm trees and that was a real eye opener for me.  I had always thought that all palm trees looked broadly similar to each other.  What struck me in this square was how much the palm trees varied.

That prompted the project that I’m bringing you tomorrow – a multi coloured palm tree Hawaiian applique that I hope gives the feeling of the variations in palm trees.

Salt flats

Salt flats

Fuerteventura salt flats

A few miles from my hotel – and yes I walked it – were some salt flats.  It was actually a museum rather than a commercial setup, located in a village called Las Salinas del Carmen.  Now I had always assumed that you took sea water and dried it to produce salt.  It’s much more technical than that.

The raw salt from here is a pink colour as it contains natural iodine and is highly regarded for this reason.

Salt crystals forming

Salt crystals forming

The sea water comes in through one main channel and then it gradually moves from pool to pool being gently heated until it reached the optimum temperature for evaporation.  These pools are raked regularly so that the salt doesn’t form a solid crust.

Church interior

Church interior

The church in this village was beautiful in its simplicity.  It just radiated peace and tranquility.

Skeleton in the salt flats

Skeleton in the salt flats

Another lovely feature in the salt flats was this enormous skeleton.  It was situated right on the shoreline.

Unfortunately I couldn’t find anything to tell me more about it.

Overall the museum is fascinating and well worth a visit if you’re ever in Fuerteventura.

Top of a wall

Top of a wall

Fuerteventura quilt inspiration

Naturally I was on the lookout for quilt inspiration and there certainly was plenty of that.

This detail at the top of a wall would make a great quilt design – I just have to work out how to translate it into a doable project.

And of course the vegetation.  Both the palm trees and the cactus plants would all make wonderful quilts.

All in all a lovely holiday providing some much needed winter sun.

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