Hawaiian Dreaming

Kahuna Nui Hale Kealohalani Makua
“Love all you see, including yourself.”
Hale Makua

Here in Spokane, WA, winter is in full display. It is beautiful when the sun shines but often the days are grey. My dreams turn to our beautiful state of Hawaii as I count days till I will next be there. It is one of my favorite places of inspiration for my fiber work.

I mentioned in my last post that I was working on my first 2018 quilt for Quilts Beyond Borders. As I gathered fabric and designed the quilt, I often found myself playing a Hawaiian music station on Pandora. Can you see the influence in my choice of fabrics. I have named the piece “Hawaiian Dreams.”

The quilts is made from two sets of charm packs (5 1/2″ squares). I had bought one set on a trip in November as I wanted a record of some fabric I saw. The art quilt didn’t happen but I did love the fabric. But what to do with 40 51/2″ squares?!? After playing with it on my design wall one night:

I decided to use it for QBB by purchasing a complementary set of charm squares. It is the first time I tried this approach. I actually stitched sets of four squares together in blocks to give myself a range of layout options but ultimately decided upon simply bordering the grouping of squares.

For the back of the quilt, I used some yardage that I had purchased for the contemplated art quilt. The result is quite a nice backing for the piece:

I am quite pleased with my first quilt of 2018 and the knowledge that it will be going to child in need.


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  1. Really a beautiful quilt and it will surely provide joy for the recipient. Enjoy your trip-all that sunshine!

  2. quite pleased???? you should be over the moon….it’s beautiful and yes, I do see Hawaii in these colours and patterns.It’s mostly grey here too. Isn’t it depressing….

  3. Linda A Miller says

    Love that you are bringing in tropical colors to enliven your winter…. and uplifting for the recipient. A beautiful gift.

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