Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Holidays from Hawaii

I shot this picture of poinsettas growing along the road this morning.  There are some glorious poinsettas around the island and some of them look more like trees than a shrub.  They certainly are not like the ones we buy in pots.  Spectacular colors around this morning. 

May all of you have a wonderful and safe Holiday season.

All of January I will be having an anniversary sale on my web site, so please check back in 2012!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Winners of the Blog Hop Party

Thank you to all of you who stopped by during the Blog Hop Party brought to us by the Quiltting Gallery.  Thank you Michelle for your work in giving us all this opportunity. The  comments were really diverse and enjoyable to read.  They came from around the world which really makes it more fun. 

The winner of the pineapple Hawaiian applique kit is Zoe who lives in Sydney, Australia.  Zoe please send me your address and I will get your kit out to you.

The winner of a free pattern of her choosing for signing up for my newsletter on my web site is Gwen from the Gulf Coast of Alabama. 

Thank you and Happy Holidays to all.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Quilting Gallery is having a Blog Hop Party

Quilting Gallery is having a Blog Hop Party starting 12/10 through 12/17 with over 225 blogs signed up.  Join the fun!!  There are give aways at all the blogs that you have a chance to win.

Since I am a quilt designer living on the Big Island of Hawaii I am giving away a Hawaiian applique kit of my pineapple design.  The pineapple is a sign of friendship so I felt this was very appropriate as it is my gesture of friendship to you.  I will have the applique cut out for you so that you can start stitching that much faster.  I feel very privileged to be a designer and teacher of Hawaiian applique.  This quilt art form is relatively young.  The Hawaiians were introduce to patchwork quilting in the 1820's by the American missionaries and applique shortly there after.  They turned there new found knowledge into their own artistic expression with the large applique that we know today. 

To win this kit please leave a comment telling us your favorite quilting tip.  The winner will be chosen at the end of the blog tour.

For another chance to win a pattern please visit my web site and sign up for the newsletter.  Each month I give away a free pattern to a new signee.

Sometime in January I will start selling my 18" Hawaiian applique kits with the applique cut out.  Check back for those then.
To continue your block hop tour click on Quilting Gallery  Have fun and good luck!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Blogger's Quilt Festival Fall 2011


The fall 2011 Blogger's Quilt Festival put on by Amy's Creative Side starts , October 28, 2011.  This is a great opportunity to see what other quilters are up to.  Please take time to visit all the quilters and add your words of praise.

My quilt is one that I made for the birth of Etta who was born to Erin and Alex in Minnesota.  We watched Alex grow up and now they have a beautiful little girl to create their family.  When I asked what colors they wanted Erin came back with mustard yellow, soft green, blue, brown and orange.  This seemed like an interesting combination.  I found a great juvenile print with animals done in Hawaiian prints.  Being that Alex is often seen in a Hawaiian shirt I knew this was the perfect border fabric for my quilt.  The quilt really leans towards the boy side in colors but seeing that Alex came from a family of three boys I thought there was a good chance we would be seeing another little boy.  However I did put in a little pinkish orange that didn't shout pink to me.
I hope that you enjoy seeing this interlocking pinwheel pattern and I that Etta will make good use of it.  I really enjoyed making this interlocking pinwheel using my tear no more paper piecing method. 

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Quilting on The Beach

The brochures for Qulting on the Beach are ready.  Please visit Come Quilt With Me to request a brochure.  There are over 15 classes being offered along with two bus trips and a luau.  You get to pick which classes you want in building your quilting retreat.  I have two classes schedules at this event:  Welcome Pineapple which is a wall hanging of three pineapples along with palm frond done in my TNM (Tear No More) paper piecing technique and Monstera Morning which is a small wall hanging done in traditional hand applique done with the back basting method.  This can also be made be used for a pillow top.  Both of these patterns will be new designs that I am creating just for this event.

Classes are being offered by Pat Yamin, Amy Bradley, Sharon Pederson, Judy Veltidi, Annabelle Treacy, Mary Moody-Cox, Mariah Bath, Karen Barry, Robert Barry, Susan Distel, and myself. This should be a great event and I hope that you can join us! 

There is not a Hawaiian applique class offered at the retreat but I will have my usual Hawaiian applique class at Quilt Passions on Wed, Feb. 15, 1-4pm if you want to take that also.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Tulip Time

It's a little early for tulips, I will admit.  This small quilt was made using my Tulip Duet pattern.  All the fabrics were hand dyed by Carlene Keller, who also lives on the Big Island of Hawaii.  She does a beautiful job and it is great to work with her fabrics.  The tulip flowers were made using her silk/cotton fabric which really gives them a wonderful shine.  She will have this quilt with her at the Pacific International Quilt Show in Santa Clara which runs October 13-16.  If you are there stop at the booth and see her beautiful fabrics along with three of her friends.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Monstera Hawaiian Applique

 I have just finished a Monstera Hawaiian Applique pattern that will make a small wall hanging or a 18" pillow.  This is a very pretty pattern made of a leaf that is so readily recognized in the Hawaiian Islands and other tropical areas.  The design in the middle is the laua'e fern.  These ferns are found growing wild all over the islands.

Quilting on the Beach

Quilting on the Beach update.  Pat Yamin's computer crashed.  We are hoping that she will still get the brochure and class schedule done for the Hawaii quilting retreat for February 2012.  It will be a week of fun, sewing, meeting new friends and seeing the wonders of the Big Island of Hawaii.  February 11-18.  I will post when the brochure is finally done.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Paddler's Petroglyphs

Because you asked for it I have taken the petroglyphs from Paddler's Heritage and made them into a separate quilt, called Paddler's Petroglyphs.  I really like how this turned out.  It is a small quilt 32"X 35". Because it doesn't have the outrigger canoe with the petroglyphs it would make a great present for any paddler. The petroglyphs are done in reverse applique and are big enough that they are not hard to sew.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Quilting on the Beach Retreat in Hawaii

Quilting on the Beach Retreat in Hawaii  - Pat Yamin Of Come Quilt with me is organizing  this quilt retreat in February, 2012.  It is will be held at the Royal Kona Resort, Kailua Kona, Big Island Hawaii, February 11 through Saturday, February 18.  The teachers will be Pat Yamin, Amy Bradley, Sharon Pederson, myself along with four other local teachers from the Big Island.  Two bus trips are also included: a shop hop tour around the Big Island, stopping at least six quilt shops and a Big Island tour with stops at Kona Joe Coffee Plantation and the SKEA Quilt Show, a macadamia nut farm and a special luncheon location.  Different packages will be available.  There will be a brochure available from Pat Yamin, by the end of September.
You can also email her at:    If you contact Pat for information please mention that you learned about the retreat from me.  Quilt Passions is a sponsor of this retreat.  I will be teaching two classes and I hope that I can see some of you in February for this fun event.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Pinwheel Party

I just finished putting the binding on my third quilt using my Dancing Pinwheels pattern and the TNM (Tear No More) foundation piecing method.  This one is a real party in a quilt and the quilting done by Pat Boeck gave it the right touch.  When you look at the quilt you are thinking about balloons and confetti, childrens party time.  It is really fun and you can see the pinwheel pattern really stands out.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Best ever Seam Ripper

I have recently gotten what I think is the best seam ripper.  This is the Havel's Ultra Pro Seam Ripper.  It comes with a blade that is ultra sharp and a stainless steel handle.  You look like you are ready to start a surgery when you go to unsew.  And you can unsew with ease, even the thickest threads.  If you are frustrated with your seam ripper you should look for this at your local quilt store.  I also have them in the catalog on my website if you can not find one.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Organization for Dancing Pinwheels

Organization is a must with my pattern Dancing Pinwheels.  First off you need to decide where you want your fabrics to go and there is a worksheet provided to assist with this.  If you just start cutting before you are sure where each fabric is going there will be cutting errors and wasted fabric.  Coloring in the worksheet will make the process go much faster in the long run.  I know everyone wants to jump to the machine but wasting fabric is really a bad thing. Today I worked on setting up a small sample that I am going to make and here is a picture of how I set up my pieces after cutting. 
I also label my paper piecing foundations so that I know where each color is going.  Another time saver in the long run.  Now I can sit down at my machine and stitch away without having to think to much about what I am doing.  Another time saveris that with my TNM (Tear No More) paper piecing technique you don't have any paper to remove.  I really like that.  In the pattern I have provided all these organizational suggestions.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Dancing Pinwheels Quilting

For those who went to the website to see the picture of Dancing Pinwheels I apoligize for the first picture that was posted first, it was not very good.  I have put on a new picture that is better.  I have been having a hard time getting a good picture that really show the design and colors.

Laura Lee Fritz did the quilting for me.  She used an all over design of a variety of tropical inspired leaves with an open feather like design on the border.  Laura Lee has written books on Continuous-Line Quilting.  Please check out her web site learn more about her.

August 6 and 13 I have a class at Quilt Passions, Kailua Kona, Big Island Hawaii introducing my TNM (Tear No More) Paper Piecing technique using the Dancing Pinwheel pattern.  My tester was doubtful about liking this technique but once she did it she had changed her mind.  Not having to tear out the paper, since you didn't sew throughit, is really a time saver.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Dancing Pinwheels quilt is done.

My Dancing Pinwheels quilt is done and the pattern is available from my website.  The quilt was constructed with my TNM Paper Piecing Technique.  This was really fun to make and not having to sew throught the paper and tear it off was a dream.  I will give you a partial view but to see the entire quilt please visit my web site.  Just a tease!!!  All the fabrics are batiks from Hoffman Fabrics and they are beautiful!!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Dancing Pinwheels

My quilt Dancing Pinwheels is at the quilter.  I can't wait to get it back to see what she has done with it.  While I am waiting for its return I have been busily writing up the instructions.  This quilt is for the person who takes the time to get organized.  In the instructions I do suggest how to do this, and let me tell you it is a lot easier to piece one when you are organized.  Just ask me why I know that.  I made a baby quilt first and that was pretty much fabrics all over my cutting table, pulling colors as I went.  I only had them sorted by color, which helped.  The second one was much easier to put together when I thought it through first and had my colors all picked out.  I can't wait to show you. 
Meanwhile happy stitching.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Night Blooming Cereus

Tonight was the night!!  My recent gifted plant from Katy is a night blooming cereus and tonight on the fourth of July it opened three blooms.  They certainly are beautiful blossoms.  Two more will be blooming in about another week.  These beauties started opening about 9pm and will be closed up in the morning.  It really is too bad that they don't put on a longer show.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Happy and safe Fourth of July

For those of you that reside in the United States I wish you a Happy and Safe Fourth of July.

I have been busy working on a new pattern that is a very interesting and fun pinwheel design.  With this pattern I am using a paper piecing technique without sewing through the paper.  I have not seen or heard of anyone else doing paper piecing in this exact way, but then again, if I thought of it someone else probably did also.  Since I have some repetitive use problems with my wrists it is not pleasant to tear away the paper when paper piecing, so that is why I decided to try a different approach.  Before I have used a foundation and stitched on top of that, and then you leave the foundation in.  Actually, this is a pretty good method for wall hangings because it gives them real body.  But I am really liking this new method. The pattern,Dancing Pinwheels, will be available by end of July or early August.  Here is a peak at the center of a block just to intrique you.  The fabrics that I am using are from Hoffman Fabrics shown at spring market and they will be available in Sept. or October.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Butterfly in Black & White

Butterfly in Black & White
I made this butterfly using the large butterfly pattern in my Butterflies for Amy pattern.  This was a lot of fun to make and it looks so different from those in the pattern.  Using differnet colors in the fabrics really makes a big difference in how something looks.  Some of the wing parts were put together so that the black and fabrics would show up more. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

June snowfall on Mauna Kea

This is what Mauna Kea looked like yesterday morning after there was a June snowfall of 6 to 12".   This photo came from the West Hawaii Today paper.  There was a thunderstorm that went through and it dumped hail and snow.  What a sight for June in Hawaii!!  It seems the weather is strange all over.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Blogger's Quilt Festival

Amy's Creative Side
How excitig it is Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival time again.  I hope that you will take time to visit many of the quilters to see what they have to show since there are always a wonderful variety of quilts to see.  Amy's Creative Side Blogger's Quilt Festival 
My entry is a Study in Black and White.  Zentangle is a booming craze right now and is usual done in black ink on white.  My thoughts are why not do it with black and white fabrics.  This is my first one and I plan on doing more because it really was fun.   In the white background I used a variety of quilting patterns to carry on the same idea of free form style and thought.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Quilt Sampler Magazine Spring 2011

Quilt Sampler Magazine Spring 2011 is now available.  Quilt Passions, my local quilt store in Kailua Kona, Big Island, Hawaii is one of the featured shops and they had me design a quilt for them.  It was quite an adventure.  I think they really enjoyed coming to Hawaii the first part of December to take the pictures  for the magazine.  All the shops featured look really grand.  If you are interested in the wall hanging that I designed, the kits are available on my website.  Touch of the Tropics is the name for the wall hanging.  The quilt is a wall hanging that has hibiscus applique and then a lattice patchwork around it.   It is offered in two colorways.  I also made a queen size quilt without applique and that is also available in a kit. You must have the magazine for instructions for the wall hanging.  I do have the pattern for the queen size quilt available, separately.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

100 Quilt Block Winner is-----

The winner picked for the free copy of the 100 Quilt Blocks is Mary who said "I love your block, especially in the beautiful Christmas colors. I'm also enjoying looking around on your blog - lots of pretty things! "

I thank all of you for stopping by and commenting on my blog.  Please stop by again to see what is going on in my part of the world.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Quiltmaker 100 Block Tour Last Day

Thank you to everyone who stopped by my blog during the blog tour of Quiltmaker's 100 Block magazine.  Your kind comments are so appreciated.  On Sunday I will announce the winner of the free magazine.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Quiltmakers 100 Blocks

Have you seen the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Summer 2011?  It has a great group of blocks for you to use and dream about.  All the designer's have been most generous in sharing these with all of you.  My block, Star Flower, is on page 33.  This block was done with paper piecing which makes it easier than it looks.
This block reminds me of a Christmas rose bud.  But if you look at the table runner that I made you get a completely different feel.  I used three full blocks on point and partial blocks for the set in triangles. 

Okay now for another completely different colorway, let's go to pastel.  Isn't it fun to play with colors and fabrics?  Change them up and it changes the whole look. 
Quilting should be fun and I think you all will have a great time dreaming about what you can do with all the great blocks included in this issue.  Please follow along the blog tour by going to:     

Happy stitching and thanks for stopping by.  Leave a comment and one of you will be lucky enought to win a free 100 Blocks magazine.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tulip Duet Quilt

Spring has sprung and so have the tulips.  My newest pattern has just been released and it features tulips, the regal flowers of spring.  I give you two applique centers to choose from.  In the pattern there are instructions for machine applique, template free hand applique and Hawaiian applique.  This wall hanging or table topper measures 54 inches.  It also would make a beautiful center of a queen size quilt.  I hope you have tulips to enjoy, because we don't have tulips that grow in Hawaii.  Visit my web site to order this pattern.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

May Magazines

Coming soon to your local quilt store will be the Quilt Sampler, spring addition.  One of the chosen shops this year is Quilt Passions located in Kailua Kona, Big Island Hawaii.  They asked me to creat a quilt for this magazine.  What we have in the magazine is a pretty wall hanging, which has applique and patchwork.  I can't tell you too much about it, but it does have something tropical in the applique that I have seen as summer plants in other places than Hawaii.  There will be kits available for the wall hanging and also one for a queen sized quilt that just has the featured patchwork.  Watch for this magazine early May.

I also have a block in Quiltmakers 100 Block Magazine and I made the cover.  Never been a cover girl before!!! I will be taking part in a Blog Tour in early May when this magazine becomes available.  In the magazine I also have a table runner to give you an idea of how the block can be used.  From the cover of the magazine I can tell you there are some great blocks being featured from some great designers.  This will be a very good magazine for you to pick. 

Tulips are coming!!

I don't know about you but tulips just say spring to me. BUT we don't have tulips growing in the ground here in Hawaii. So I have created some of my own.  Two wall hanging size quilts from my soon to be released pattern, Tulip Duet, are at the quilters. What a good feeling to have them almost ready.  I am hoping to have the pattern ready for release before the end of the month.  I will post soom pictures once I get them back. 

Monday, February 21, 2011

The Wednesday Quilt Show

Please visit Jenifer Dick's blog on Wednesday for The Wednesday Quilt Show.  She promises that this week there will be a special guest contributing a quilt picture.
This a small quilt that I called Painted Lady Butterfly.  I made it using my pattern Butterflies For Amy.  The lovely colors just make you think of the days of summer.  The original quilt was made in honor of my cousin Amy as she was in treatment for leukemia.  The symbolism of the butterfly seemed to be quite fitting for her health crisis.  We are so glad that her treatment worked and I feel every sale of the pattern is sending her all the good wishes across the miles.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

My Hawaiian Fruit

I finally have a pineapple that is fruiting in my yard.  This one happens to be a white pineapple.  Removed the top from one that I bought and rooted it and then planted it.  I have a both white and gold pineapples that I have done this with but this is my first fruit.

My papayas are growing and still flowering.  You can see both in the picture below.   I love this growing my own breakfast!!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Hawaiian Memories

Just finished is this wall hanging that I call Hawaiian Memories that was made using my pattern Memories.  I used photos of the Big Island of Hawaii and and printed them using the EQ Printables.   I have entered this in Jenifer Dick's Wednesday Quilt ShowPlease check her blog out to see what interesting quilts she puts up.