I am in love with Hawaiian quilting. In the past, I've made a number of blocks in this style, appliqued and quilted by hand. I then stretched them over a frame and hung them on the wall, or gave them as gifts. Here are a few of them:
The themes of traditional Hawaiian quilts are usually inspired from nature. Fabric is cut the way we cut snowflakes as a child - in a symmetrical design. Usually only two solid colors were used. Quilting is done in an echo pattern around the applique, much like water laps an island.
|Two inexpensive and good books on Hawaiian Quilting, and one of the patterns|
Here are a some examples of Hawaiian quilting I found on Etsy:
|Vintage Quilt from AsianPacificCo|
|Wall Hanging from sferradesigns|
|Pillow Cover from AllAloha|
Although not a quick project, Hawaiian quilting is worth the time involved.
I hope that you will give it a try.