QUILT JOURNAL - HAWAIIAN HIBISCUS
RED ON WHITE
Started - 1978
Pattern - Hibiscus #106
Designed By Ea Of Hawaii
Elizabeth A. Akana (C) 1972
While we were in Hawaii - I found this beautiful Hawaiian Applique pattern.
Some friends (GL and another lady whose name I don't remember) -
helped me cut and baste the top.
G arranged for us to use some tables at her church.
The three of us met one day and proceeded to cut out the top - snowflake style.
I remember when we unfolded it, that it was upside down -
the seam allowances showed on the top.
I don't know how she did it, but G managed to flip the entire top piece by piece -
I was amazed!!
We spent all day basting the top -
using chopsticks to bunch up the fabric so we could get the needle through both layers.
When I accidentally cut one of the stems -
they told me that it was OK -
the Hawaiians believe that only God is perfect -
if I had not made the mistake - or another one -
I would have had to make one intentionally.
Unfortunately, the fabric choices back then were very limited -
and my selections were poor.
The red fabric is a cotton/polyester blend and frays horribly.
The white background is a king-size muslin sheet -
with a dense stitch count -
and will be impossible to hand quilt.
I will never finish this quilt.
I was hoping to make at least one "real" Hawaiian quilt in my lifetime.
I figured that if we were lucky enough to live in Hawaii -
I would either have to learn to quilt Hawaiian-style -
Or learn to hula -
And I sure as hell can't hula!!! - ;))
QJ - 1978