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Slow down and enjoy the process

Delicate Beauty Hawaiian Wall Quilt

I have been doing a lot of thinking about my process and my work. Being one who loves handwork and the feel of nice cotton fabric. I have been thinking about what I am doing and why. We live in a world where everything is created quickly or available at a moment's notice. Slowing down and being thoughtful in what I do, and how I do it, is good for my health, well-being and, of course, my art.

I began my quilting experience with the idea that it was all about the end result and wanted to get there as quickly as possible. As I worked, I learned something about myself: the parts that excited me most were the things that took time and thought.


Virtual Hawaiian Quilt Show


May's Flower of the Month - Lilies of the Valley

Hawaiian Quilt - "Na Lilia"

Lilies of the Valley Hawaiian Wall Quilt Pattern

Did you know May has a flower of the month? We happen to have a Hawaiian Wall Quilt pattern with it, here is our Lilies of the Valley Hawaiian quilt pattern.


Delicate Beauty

Delicate Beauty Hawaiian Wall Quilt Pattern

During the Victorian-era (1837-1901) the symbolic meaning of flowers was raised to a whole new level. Flowers selected for a gift bouquet were chosen to convey a secret message to the recipient (for good or bad, apparently). Plants were arranged in a garden based on their powers. Flowers adorned nearly everything, and often the specific flower was chosen because of the meaning it would convey. Dictionaries were compiled to decipher the language of flowers. Pity the poor hapless chap who just wanted to give something pretty to a young lady, if he did not know the meaning she would place on his simple bouquet! READ MORE >

Angel's Trumpet

Angel's Trumpet Hawaiian Bed Quilt Pattern

A bit about Hawaiian Quilts
One distinctive characteristic of Hawaiian quilts is that they are radially symmetrical to the eighth. What does that mean?? It means that if you draw lines on a Hawaiian quilt design through the center from top to bottom, side to side, and corner to corner what you see in each of the eight triangular segments will be nearly identical mirror images. The Angel's Trumpet quilt makes this very easy to visualize with its strong stems radiating from the center in all eight directions. While not all Hawaiian quilts have these strong diagonal design lines (take for example our Sea Turtles & Dolphins quilt) it is still true that nearly all Hawaiian designs have eight, radially symmetrical segments. READ MORE >

Versatile Hawaiian Quilt Designs

Tropical II Hawaiian Quilt Block Patterns

Not up for a large quilt? Whether you want a small project to practice your techniques, a quick project to feel real accomplishment, or a series of blocks for a large quilt - with Tropical II you get these six patterns in one set to use just as you choose. READ MORE >

A bit of Hawaiian Quilt Tradition

Na Ulu Hawaiian Bed Quilt Pattern

Your first Hawaiian quilt should be a breadfruit design." Have you ever heard that? Do you know why it is said?"

The Hawaiian word for breadfruit is 'ulu; and ulu means to grow, or increase. In Hawaiian arts and crafts the 'ulu symbolizes abundance. Nancy's Hawaiian quilting kumu (teacher) taught her that it also symbolizes greater creativity and more quilts. So, when you hear the advice that you should first make the 'ulu design, now you know why.


Tropical III Hawaiian Quilt Blocks

Tropical III Hawaiian Quilt Block Patterns

Don't let this quilt fool you. When looking at these blocks, keep in mind that the blue fabric is the applique on a white background. Look at the green to see the appliqued flowers, leaves and fruit. READ MORE >

Notions for Travel

Hawaiian Block Quilt PatternsTravel projects
It is that time of year when we begin to think about our travels. While traveling to Mexico City I wanted to have a project to work on in the airports and during stay. Needleturn applique projects are perfect for this and the Hawaiian Block Patterns are nice small pieces that can be prepared ahead of time. READ MORE >

Big Dream Dance by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero for Hoffman California Fabrics

What will you make?

Sea Turtles and Dolphins Hawaiian Wall Quilt Pattern

I had the opportunity to play with Hoffman's newest panels by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero. There are so many things that can be done using these beautiful pieces of fabric. I decided to make a new version of our Sea Turtles and Dolphins Hawaiian Wall Quilt Pattern. The depth in the Teal version just called to me that it needed to have the Sea Turtles and Dolphins on it. It makes me think of the ocean.

Customer Spotlight - Antje Von Wilffersdorff

You are in our Hearts Hawaiian Wall Quilt Pattern

Enjoy Antje's Story:

It has been fun thinking about and writing my quilting history, I hope you like it:
In the 8th grade my mother let my sister and I participate in a sewing course. For quite a while we used to sew our own clothes. But then, during university and working in my own dental practice I did not find the time to sew anymore.

Mele Kalikimaka!

Christmas Hawaiian Block Quilt PatternsThis versatile pattern can be used to make a quilt like this one, or individual blocks can be used to make small wall hangings, placemats, pillows, gift bags, or garment embellishments. Put three or four together for a table-runner, or narrow wall-hanging.
Embellish the appliques with beads, sequins and ribbons for an even more festive appearance.
The top row of blocks from left to right are: Wreath - Ornaments - Stars
The middle row of blocks from left to right are: Candles - Stockings - Angels
The bottom row of blocks from left to right are: Trees - Bells - Holly
When looking at each block, make sure you are looking at the green and red applique to see the designs. The white background in the center of each applique cleverly makes a secondary design that looks like snowflakes - just an added bonus!

Beautiful Flowers

When we give thanks at this time of year we always celebrate the bounty of the fall harvest. Although, the flowers and plants in this Hawaiian runner are likely to bloom and present their bounty at varying times of the year.Tropical Floral Hawaiian Quilt Block Pattern


Maximize your fabric

Cyclamen Hawaiian Wall Quilt Pattern

Writing pattern instructions is not easy. Instructions need to be accurate, concise and complete. Providing information about a specific size for a Hawaiian quilt pattern introduces a number of variables. What we have done on our wall-quilt patterns is to assume that most suitable cotton fabrics average about 42" wide. Since Hawaiian quilts are square (with exceptions, of course) we state that the quilt is 42" square. We have designed the pattern to fit on a piece of fabric that is at least 42" square, but the fabric could be larger.


Customer Question

Woodland Lei Hawaiian Wall Quilt Pattern

Q: Do I cut away the background fabric from behind the applique before quilting?


Tropical II

Tropical II Hawaiian block quilt pattern

We have mentioned before that in the Hawaiian language it is common to repeat a word for emphasis. Take huli huli chicken, for example. Huli means "to turn". So if you cook chicken on a spit or rotisserie it is called huli huli chicken. Chicken that has been turned a lot! Among the many definitions for poho is "patch, as in clothes; to patch, mend." When clothing is mended it commonly involves sewing (appliqueing) a small patch over a tear. READ MORE >

Using machine and hand quilting in the same quilt

When you are going to quilt a quilt do you limit yourself to just machine quilting or hand quilting?Plumeria Hawaiian Bed Quilt Pattern

I have been thinking quite a bit about this lately. I have been working on making the medallion from the Plumeria Bed Quilt Pattern so I can display it in our booth at quilt shows and in this process decided to incorporate both styles of quilting.

Hawaiian Quilt Design Ideas

I have had many questions in the last few months from customers wanting to create larger quilts using our Hawaiian Wall Quilts. There are so many ways you can combine the Hawaiian Wall Quilt Patterns and Block Patterns to create a larger piece.


Hawaiian Wall Quilt Class

Hawaiian Quilting class at Bolts to Block Quilt Shop

Earlier this month I was invited to teach a 2 Day Hawaiian Wall Quilt Class. This class was in the Blocks to Bolts Quilt Shop in Albany Oregon. In this class each participant was able to select a Pacific Rim Quilt Company Pattern and learn all about making their selected patterns. READ MORE >

Making a Hawaiian Quilt as a gift

Sweet Peas for Grandma Hawaiian Wall Quilt Pattern

I want to make a Hawaiian Quilt for a friend...
A traditional element of Hawaiian Quilts was that the design had a special meaning to the quiltmaker or quilt owner. For that reason you may want to select a pattern which will have special meaning to the person you plan to give the quilt to. Secret meanings are frequently part of a Hawaiian Quilt's story, so if you share a special occasion, or want to convey a message you can embed the meaning in the name of the quilt, no matter the design. READ MORE >



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