Aloha quilting

From the October 2000 to the summer of 2005, my family and I were lucky enough to live on the island of Maui, Hawaii.  While we were there, we experienced a great deal of what is called by locals Aloha, a feeling of love and welcome that characterizes the Islands to their core.  The Hawaiian people are such a loving people, and my family and I came to call this place home.  Unfortunately we had to leave as my father had to change jobs, but we have tried our best to keep the spirit of Aloha wherever we go.  While there, we learned about the art of Hawaiian quilting, and since I’ve been in China, I decided to give it a try.

For Christmas a couple years ago, my sister mentioned that she would really like to bring some prosperity into her life, and asked if I could cross stitch her the Chinese symbol for good luck onto something that she could hang in her home.  I was a bit intimidated by the idea, so I decided that I would try to do a small wall hanging for her, Hawaiian style.

From some of the websites that I visited in doing research for the wall hanging, legend had it that it was a good idea for a beginning quilter to first quilt the ULU or breadfruit, which symbolizes abundance and prosperity, so this is what I chose for her.

The fabrics I bought on the Chinese ebay, Taobao, where you can find almost anything, and for really decent prices (provided you use Chinese in your search query).  It took me a while to find the right colors, but I finally settled on using my sister’s favorite colors.

Miri's Christmas present

The second image is of the back.  I was able to find a fabric that had maps of Hawaii on them, as well as some boats and various island fauna.   My sister was thrilled when she got this.  And I so enjoyed making this that I decided to attempt to do a full size quilt.  Right now, that one is still in the planning phase, but I have the material all ready for when I finally settle on a pattern that I want to do.

This one was actually my second attempt, the first was this one.

.Dolphin and Turtle Hawaiian style quiltThis one never got to the quilting stage, as I didn’t have any batting to put between the front and the back, so I just turned it into a regular applique wall hanging.

In future posts, I’ll detail the process for the Hawaiian quilt that I’m working on at the moment.

One thought on “Aloha quilting

  1. And you bought me some of that fabric that you used for the pillow backing. I came across it in my fabric dresser yesterday when I was searching for an elusive piece of blue satin. I never did find it, but it was sure fun to find that fabric with the Hawaiian Islands on it!

    One day we’ll work on a Hawaiian quilt together.


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