Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Today in Hawaii

We have a group of wild turkeys who routinely go through the yard.  In this small group there are about seven hens and three males.  The males certainly are vying for position.  Here is a picture of two of them strutting their stuff.
 The next picture is one of the pineapples that we have growing this year.  Notice the purple flowers that come out of the eyes of the pineapple as it grows.  At this stage of grown the pineapple sort of looks like a thistle.  Look at the bottom of the picture, do you see the green gecko peeking out at me as I take the picture.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Rainbow at Sea

Rainbow at Sea just came back from the quilter.  This was not just any quilter but Angela Walters.  She has been quilting up a storm on the mainland and if you want to know more about her visit her blog Quilting is My Therapy  Rainbow at Sea is made up of storm at sea blocks colored in rainbow colors.  For once I didn't use as many fabrics as I could but kept it simple with just a few fabrics.  Oh, how it could sing with lots of fabrics!  
Now for a couple of pictures of the quilting.  Angela used the same design is all the inside blocks.  But check out how she quilted the individual elements.  It was enjoyable to hand sew on the binding and see all the detail in the quilting.  The back is just as pretty as the front without the interference of the fabric colors.  I wanted a plain back just for this purpose.  The border I especially liked.  It looks like a complex series of rolling waves.  Now that's my interpretation yours could be completely different!  Usually I use as many fabrics as I can to show motion in the quilt, this time the quilting is really the standout element.  ***Class for this quilt on February 14th at Quilt Passions.*** 

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Colorful Tropics Quilt

I have been very busy getting ready for the Quilting on the Beach retreat that officially begins today.  My classes are full and I may have an extra class for Hawaiian applique.  I am so priveleged to be able to share the art of Hawaiian quilting with so many. 

But along with the retreat I have completed a new quilt pattern called Colorful Tropics.  It is a sampler quilt that I made with wonderful fabrics from Island Batik in glorious colors.  This project was like writing a book(over 50 pages)  and I am so grateful to my friend Louise for all her help in editing.  Quilt Passions is going to use the pattern as a block of the month that starts this coming week.   During the eleven months I will have a demo every month to show the block and any little tricks that go with its construction.   Just a little applique and for those who don't do hand applique, shhhh-I fused it.  But it would look fabulous done in hand applique.  So here it is----                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
The center is a mariner's compass that I drew and the other blocks are those that have been around for awhile.  They all have a little challenge to them but I have, hopefully, written instructions to make them easier for everyone.   This is not a sampler for a beginner but I think that an advanced beginner who can read and follow a pattern could do it. The applique is of the bird of paradise that grows so easily here in Hawaii.  They really are one of my favorites and were perfect to use for my color choice in the fabrics.  This was a fun quilt to design and put together but who couldn't have fun working with such hot, fun, colorful fabrics?