Tuesday, February 24, 2009


It's a beautiful sunny day here in Eastern Ontario so I'm going to pretend that I'm writing this from Hawaii, which is where I was yesterday...sort of. I did have a banana and fresh pineapple with yogurt for lunch, but there were no waving palm trees or azure seas, so my reveries didn't last too long. What I did do that fits the theme was complete the appliqueing of my Hawaiian quilt and that's the closest I'll probably ever get to Hawaii in this lifetime. One can dream, right?

I took this class back in November from Janine Merrill who is a member of our guild. She is an expert in Hawaiian applique and I always admire her quilts when she brings them for "Show & Tell." One of her quilts won best in show at the Vermont Quilt Festival last year and I believe there is a picture of it in the last issue of the Quilter's Newsletter magazine. She hand quilts everything and her work is exquisite. Janine is not only a wonderful person but a great teacher as well and I learned so much from her.

Hawaiian quilts do not really fit in with my style of decorating but I will definitely do more as I love to applique and the quilts make wonderful gifts. Appliqueing this top certainly honed my needleturn skills. I'm going to hand quilt mine and it will probably hang in my sewing studio for a while when it's done.

Happy stitching!


Karen said...


marie said...

I love the colors in this. Definitely has that island feel to it!

Kaaren, the mini quilt patterns went in the mail today. I hope you enjoy them!

Abby and Stephanie said...

I love Hawaiian applique`. Before I was a quilter I lived in Hawaii for 3 years and that's when I first discovered the gorgeous quilts and patterns.

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Hi Kaaren,
We can all dream, right. I'm so glad you came by so I found you. Love the applique and the stitchery you found treasure hunting. I posted you on my sidebar so I'll be back.
Keep Stitchen'

Annette said...

Very beautiful stitching. I have to try this someday.

Darlene said...

Stunning! I've just discovered your delightful blog - I hope you don't mind that I pop in again.

Deb said...

Kaaren.. you have done that Hawaiian applique a wonderful justice. I am sure the teacher would be so impressed!! batiks are so complimentary for these blocks