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.
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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.