I fell in love with the idea of Hawaiian quilting years ago.... and even got a book or so.... and cut out two motifs..... and basted them on.. and stalled!
In 2015 I had an opportunity to actually GO to Hawaii! And I discovered that there are several classes held in the community where you can learn traditional Hawaiian quilting. I blogged about my first class in the Royal Hawaiian Mall.
This is the completed block I purchased that day. (It was actually a pillow kit - and I still have the backing, etc.. that I will probably use as a quilt block.) And I should clarify that the applique is completed - not the actual quilting.
But I got lazy and didn't share about the second - and much more important - to me - one.
The second class was held at the Iolani Palace on Saturday morning. And, I might add, there is a gathering of quilters and a session for interested newbies almost every Saturday! The cost was minimal... and I was to bring 2 pieces of fabric - 5/8 yd each of a backing and a color.
I had corresponded with the ladies who run the classes via email and felt like part of the family before I ever got there! Their dad, John Serrao, is a designer of Hawaiian quilts and this is a family passion. I am honored to be a little part of it. I have to admit to a real FANGIRL obsession with the Poakalani family. I own all their pattern books and watch their website religiously.
Anyway - they allowed me to choose a pattern and walked me through the traditional methods of folding and cutting, basting and stitching. I thoroughly enjoyed the traditional wisdom and ease of learning. Being a booklearner usually, it was wonderful to just be guided along.... (and, I admit, a little gratifying to be not too far off the mark!)
This is the block I started in that class - applique is complete!
See..... I do have all there books - and there is another by Elizabeth Root peeking out from behind. Her designs are definitely simpler but I kind of like the tradional ones better.
Below is one of the two ones I originally cut out (also a Poakalani design)
Anyway - I also chose some designs for moving forward.. and cut out ONE to baste next time....
I will let you guess what it will look like..... show you next Hawaiian post!
What are you stitching?