|Me in front of Sleeping Beauty's Christmas castle|
|Pete and I about to watch the World of Colour show|
|Double rainbow.... what can this mean?|
|Love those woodland creatures|
|I can not get enough of these Hawaiian sunsets|
Hawaiian quilts are beautiful works of art, different from any other style of quilting I am familiar with. They are made by cutting a large piece of folded fabric, rather like a paper snowflake. The design is unfolded and appliquéd onto a backing fabric. The design is quilted over first to give depth and interest to the design, and then echo quilted around the outer lines. Everything is done by hand, from start to finish. Once a quilt is finished, the last step before gifting it to someone is to sleep under the quilt for a night. This ensures that the quilter's spirit resides in the quilt. I think this is such a sweet idea, and one I really like the idea of introducing to my own quilt making/gifting. One Hawaiian tradition I don't think I can get on board with though, is the belief that it is bad luck to make a quilt with more than three colours. I like a colourful quilt! While this is the tradition, I did see lots of quilts with a modern take with more colours, and fresh patterns. I learned a lot about the traditions and techniques of Hawaiian quilting, and bought a pattern to give it a try myself.
|Traditional quilt pattern, and a kit to make the whale mini wall hanging|
I think this will be a challenging venture, but one worthwhile and rewarding. What a great souvenier from another wonderful trip to Hawaii!