Friday, June 29, 2012

Hawaiian Quilts

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.

Aloha ♥


  1. The blue and green is great...reminds me of the ocean :)
    I love their bold style and two-tone look.

  2. Asian Pacific CollectionJune 29, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Hawaiian Quilting and Quilting in general, is a labor of love. Not only beautiful, a Hawaiian Quilt in the Hawaiian culture is meant as a cover, a shield, a comfort, for all who seek shelter under it. It is a time honored tradition in Hawaii, passed from generation to generation and given as a gift for all major events, such as a wedding, the birth of a child, etc. I particularly enjoy how Hawaiian quilts have become more whimsical both in pattern and color, with designs such as turtles, dolphins and other non traditional depictions being used.

    Thank you for including my Traditional Vintage Green and White Quilt Set in this blog!