Thursday, December 9, 2010

End of year sale

I have put all of my own patterns on sale until the end of December.  This is my way of saying thank you to everyone who has taken interest in my quilt patterns over the last five years.  I appreciate the e-mails and comments about my patterns and always love seeing pictures of quilts that you have made using my patterns.  Many of you have visited the Hawaiian Islands and my patterns have given you a little of Hawaii to take home with you.  Thank you again from Kailua Kona, Hawaii. Mahalo,  Barbara

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Fun with Fish #2

Here is my Fun Fish #2  The base pattern is my Lagoon Triggerfish, the humuhumu-nukunuku-a-pua'a, as it is called here in Hawaii. It was so much fun making the humuhumu so very colorful, which is very different from their normal color in nature.  To dress up your own fish and try a number of different techniques will be at Quilt Passions, Kailua Kona, Big Island, Hawaii on January 20, 2011.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Hawaiian Garden Delights

This delightful flower is what has popped out on my papaya that is less than six months old.  Did you think this was how they started?
See the garden visitor on the bird of paradise?  This is a gecko and they really are a prettier, brighter shade of green than shows in the picture.  Of course the bird of paradise flowers are pretty, too.

The flower shown here is that of a Ti plant.  We have such a wide variety of Ti plants in Hawaii and it the foliage that we plant them for, but I think the flower is delightful. 

I hope that you have enjoyed seeing some of what I saw in a walk around my gardens today.  My lemon tree is loaded with lemons also but they didn't present as a good picture.  But I sure see a lot of lemonade in a few months!!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Fun with Fish

Here is one of my Butterflyfish all dressed up.  I am going to be doing more of these fun fish using my different tropical fish patterns.  They will look nothing like the fish found in the waters off of Hawaii but surely they will be just as glorious.  January 20, 2011 I will be teaching a class on these fun fish at Quilt Passions here in Kailua Kona, Big Island Hawaii.  Visit my web site to see what classes I have scheduled.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Under the Sea-With Me

Finally I have finished my Under The Sea-With Me.  This quilt is made using my three patterns in the series.  The graceful manta ray, the glorious colored parrot fish and the pretty little yellow tang grace this quilt beautifully as a small segment of the Hawaiian waters. It seems other projects kept getting in the way and that is why it has taken my so long to finish this quilt.  I think it looks pretty good and would look even better if someone were to embellish it with beads.  Hopefully one of you will do that and send me a picture.  I love seeing pictures of what others do with my patterns.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Orchid Inspiration

Aren't these just wonderful blooms?  The first picture  was taken a couple of weeks ago and the second one today.  The plant now has three orchids on one stem, showing the two older blooms in the background.  I spotted this at a neighbors house.  They happen to be out of town and I brought it home to admire and smell.  I hate to waste it!!  Nature shows us amazing things.

Lonestar Rose

LONESTAR ROSE is a quilt that I recently finished for my newest grandniece Nevaeh Kiana in honor of her birth.  I had never made a lonestar before and after reading a couple of books about the technique I was ready to start. Jan Krentz has a book that is really most helpful and well written.  The quilt went together quite easily, which did surprise me.  Taking your time and being precise is the key.   The colors that I chose, which I call bright baby, worked out very well in complimenting the wild rose pattern that I designed.  The top block of applique is the family block with roses or buds for each one in their family.  I hope that Nevaeh and her family can enjoy this quilt for many years to come.  For those of you who know about Inklingo, the lonestar is very Inklingo friendly.
The rose bud represents Nevaeh and the roses for her parents, Darrick and Carla.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Hawaiian Mini's Tote bag

I just finished this tote bag that features one of my Hawaiian Mini's.  I used a pattern from Pink Sand Beach, Tahoe Tote, as the base and then made additions to it it.  The pattern was easy to follow and went together easier than I expected.  I love how it turned out.  The mini's have been selling really well at the store and it gives someone just a small taste of what Hawaiian quilting is all about. 

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Showers all around, with a ray of sunshine.

This was late afternoon when a small hole opened up in the clouds.  It really gave an unusual look to the ocean and it only lasted for about five minutes. We  can see quite a bit of the ocean and it is always interesting to see the rainshowers circling around us.  A little bit of sunshine.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Hawaii Blooms

It has been awhile since I last posted.  We have a grandniece, Nevaeh, being born in August so I have designed a quilt for her.  It is started but will not be ready when she arrives.  It has rosebuds on it and I think it will be really pretty.  This is not an everyday use quilt but one to hang on the wall and hopefully she will enjoy it when she gets older also and hang it in her house.  Soon I will posts soon pictures of some of the parts that are done.  Meanwhile here is what I have just gotten finished.
  Hawaii Blooms was just released this last week.  The fabrics I used  were designed as a compliment to the book The Aloha Quilt.  I just love the soft colors that are so reminiscent of Grandmother's flower garden.  When the fabrics came into Quilt Passions they were immediately very popular. It took me a couple of weeks to sew the quilt(52" square) and get the pattern written.  And the main flower fabric was already gone in the colorway that I used.  New shipment is already on the way and should be in this week.  I also designed a queen size quilt and have a couple order for kits already in that size. I can't wait to see pictures of those finished.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Holualoa Farm and Ukulele Festival-Big Island Hawaii

It was a lovely morning in Hawaii Saturday morning and a couple of my friends and myself went to Holualoa to see the goings on in this quaint old town.

Mei making friends with a minature horse.  This little horse is a therapy horse and a former show horse. She was very patient with all the people who wanted to meet her.
I don't know what this flower is other than it is a type of succulent.  The picture does not do it justice. The bottom is a beautiful red and then much darker purple flowers.  They hardly looked real.

A little local color.  These orchids are sitting on the front porch of the Kona Hotel, otherwise known as the Pink Hotel.  It is quite old and is still in operation.
This is a landmark in this town that is in the middle of the Kona coffee belt.  In November this little town is the site for the Coffee festival art and coffee walk.

The Lilikoi Inn had a booth with this wonderfully carved watermellon. 
And what do you think of this plate of spaghetti salad?  It was very tasty.  You could have a forkful or buy a plateful.  They do catering and the book they had to look at mad your mouth water. 

This is a lovely vine of lilikoi. Aren't they just beautiful.  It is one of the sweetest fruits I have ever tasted.  You can eat them with a spoon out of the peel, make juice or put it in deserts.  I have had it on top of cheesecake and it was one of the best cheesecakes I have ever eaten.                                   
 I hope that you have enjoyed some of the pictures of the day here in Holualoa, Big Island of Hawaii.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Floral Inspiration

Isn't this just beautiful?  I love the combination of colors.  We can learn so much from nature.  I have not used this in a quilt but I thought everyone would enjoy seeing this unusual flower that comes from a type of succulent.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Hawaiian Flower Inspirations 3

Plumeria (pua melia) are probably the most used flower in Hawaii.  Their fragrance floats on the breeze and is wonderful to smell as you are drifting off to sleep.  They were referred to a cemetary flowers years ago because that is where they were often seen. Because of this they were not used in lei's for many years. Now I would say the different species of plumeria are the most often used flower in lei's.  This was my plumeria inspiration in my Melia Beauty Hawaiian quilt pattern.   Visit my Web Site to see more quilt patterns or to order your pattern

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Hawaii Flower Inspirations 2

Bird of Paradise has to be one of everyones favorites. There are quite a few different varieties and they belong in the Heliconia family. This one just happens to have two flower heads.  This is not that rare but it does look unusual and more exotic.  They come in a variety of colors but all have red to orange in their colors, hot colors.The combination of red, yellow/orange, blue, and green is just grand and showy. I have used this flower in two of my quilt patterns.
Melia Beauty  Visit my Web Site to see more quilt patterns or to order your pattern

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Quilted Horse

Pictured is a pillow made using the pattern The Quilted Horse that I have just added to may website.  It was designed to show the ulu or breadfruit that was so important to the Hawaiians over the years.  The faithful and trustworthy horse was very important to the Hawaiian paniolo (cowboy) who took care of the ranches.  This quilt pattern is brought to us by Nancy Lindsey whose family goes way back in Hawaiian history.  Visit my Web Site to order this pattern.

Hawaii Flower Inspirations

The tropical flowers that are all around us in Hawaii can give us so much inspiration.  The colors are glorious and we can look to them for color combinations that just sing. 
  I will be showing you some of the flowers that I see in my garden and around the island so that you too can see the beauty that surrounds us here in the Hawaiian Islands.

The picture above is a hanging heliconia that grows in my garden.   It was used in my Hawaiian applique pattern Heliconia Hearts which is pictured below.  Visit my Web Site to order this pattern or see all the other Hawaiian applique patterns that are available.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Melia Beauty

Melia Beauty pattern is now ready.  I made this small Hawaiian wall hanging to use a beautiful half yard cut of hand dyed fabric. The yellow really sets it off nicely.  This really turned out just the way that I wanted it too.  Nice when that happens.

Bloggers Quilt Festival

Blogger's Quilt Festival put on by Park City Girl Amy is now started.  This is a great time to put your feet up and browse through a lot of marvelous quilts.

My contribution this year is really two quilts.  They were made for the birth of a
great niece and nephew a couple of years ago. That explains the colors of the rainbow.  In the Giraffe Twins the boy giraffe is looking adoringly at his twin sister.  In Sweet Pea there are twin butterflies along with the pretty sweet peas. These were so much fun to make that I decided to also make them available as patterns.  I hope that you enjoy seeing them and enjoy the rest of the show!! Show special:  I have reduced the price on the patterns for those that order before the end of June.  To order these patterns please visit my Web Site.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Quilting Tutu

I thought you would all like to see a picture of the Quilting Tutu that just arrived at Quilt Passions in Kailua Kona, Hawaii.  Isn't she just a hoot.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Memories Quilt Pattern is ready.

MEMORIES my hot off the presses quilt pattern.  The size shown is a wall hanging size at 42" x 54".  I also give instructions for a double size quilt. Instead of showcasing fabrics you could use photos and have a wonderful memory quilt.  I think it would make a great gift for graduation, an anniversary or birthday.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Saturday morning update

What a glorious morning here on the Big Island with a little chill in the air but the Kona coffee takes care of that.  Since it is late March the whales are starting to leave.  They say the golden plovers lead them back to Alaska and I still see many plovers still around.  It has been a great year for the whale watching with some of the fisherman saying that there have been more this year than they have ever seen.

As per usual in my world, progress on Under the Sea has stopped, with other projects pushing to the front.  While working at Quilt Passions lately I have had quilters looking for a pattern to showcase their Hawaiian themed fabrics.  So my mind just can't let those comments go by the way side.  I have the top ready for the borders and should start the quilting this weekend.  It will be called Memories, and can be used to showcase any beautiful fabrics or it would also be good for a memory quilt using photos transferred to fabric.  I will post a picture shortly of this quilt, since some of you may want to use it for making a graduation present.

Quilt Passions will be getting in their exclusive turtle fabric in two weeks.  I have designed a quilt to use with this fabric.  Maybe I can have some of the components done by the time the fabric arrives.  This quilt has yet to be named.  I told Karen, the owner of Quilt Passions that she could name it.  I would hate to publish a pattern that says "waiting for a name". 

Happy stitching!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Under the Sea Quilt Continues

Progress is being made.  As you can see I have the floor of sea glued together and ready to add to the Under the Sea quilt.  One of the fabrics does not seem to be showing up and I may use some paints on it to lighten it up a bit.  It really is fun picking fabrics to showcase the wonderful colors that we see on the ocean floor.  I am hoping that it actually shows similar to the ocean floor here in Hawaii.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Under the Sea update

This week the parrotfish has been added.  I am comfortable with hand applique and like how it looks so I have used the back baste method of applique to put on both the manta ray and the parrotfish. But for those who like to fuse these patterns will work very well. I really believe we all have to find our comfort level in our craft and go for it.  Learn many methods and then use the ones that you are comfortable with.  The parrotfish looks cartoonish but really they are very colorful and there is one out in the ocean that has the same coloration as this one, maybe just a little more turquoise in nature.  Now I will put on the yellow tang before putting in all the coral and sand.  So far I am liking how this is turning out.

Yesterday we had a tsunami warning that thankfully did not get as big as was predicted.  It was good to see the evacuation of the areas close to the water worked very well.  The sirens went off at 6am and I thought tornado, having grown up in Minnesota this was an ingrained response.  Then I quickly thought tsunami and turned on the tv.  What we did get was very interesting to watch and the fastness of the water moving in and out really gets your attention. It is easy to see why a large tsunami would cause so much destruction. 

Happy stitching to all, Barbara

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Under the Sea quilt-a work in progress

This is the beginning of my Under the Sea-With Me quilt combining together the three patterns in the series.  I did not want a solid background but something that added movement to the piece.  At first I was thinking of using twelve inch storm at sea blocks using blues all in the same tone, with different textures to them.  After making one I decided that was not for me.  Adding three waves of similar tones of blue fabric onto my primary background seems to fill the bill for my idea of water movement.   In the photo the manta ray is all appliqued and the sea weed is just laying on the fabric.  Right now I have the sea weed attached and will be starting to add the parrotfish.  I will post a picture when that is done.

Happy stitching to all. 

Monday, February 1, 2010

Newest Under the Sea-With Me

In the last couple of years a few of you have asked me to make a pattern for a manta ray and I have finally done it.  Maddie, this delightful graceful creature is finally done.  This is the third in a series of ocean wall hangings.  Under the Sea-With Me-Manta Ray can be combined with the other two small Under the Sea quilts, Yellow Tang and Parrotfish for a nice ocean scene.  I will be making a combined quilt and when it is done it will be posted.  Would a pieced background using light blues look good?  The fabrics would have to be very close in value so as not to make the quilt too busy.  It is something I have to think about and any imput from you is always appreciated. 

Sunday, January 10, 2010

FabShop Hop

Aloha everyone
It sounds like a nasty, cold winter is covering the mainland USA.  Inside staying warm, why not check out the FabShop Hop?  It is a chance to win some wonderful prizes and see some exciting new web sites. 

Win The Perfect Caddy, 50 yards of fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics, or 50-1 yard cuts of batiks from Hoffman Fabrics!  Plus many more prizes.  FabShop Hop - January 1-31, 2010

I have also put Hope Blooms, Sweet Pea and Giraffe Twins on sale for this month.  So it you have been thinking about getting these patterns now is the time to order them.

Stay warm, check out some new web sites and keep on Stitching!!!