01 Dec


I got hit by the Hawaii bug quicker than I thought I would. It’s not a Hawaiian quilt I’ve made though, it’s fabric designs.

Just walking around my neighborhood got the ideas flowing. I started sketching, and then working up more finished designs, just to see what they’d look like. The Twelve by Twelve Passion challenge ended up being just the push I needed to try printing my designs via Spoonflower.


With the fabrics in hand, there were, of course, refinements that needed making, though I used what I had for the next projects.

Along with the Twelve by Twelve art quilt, I also made coasters, tissue holders, and pillows — to fill out a proposal to fabric companies. I’ve been quiet about these, thinking that perhaps I could persuade some big fabric company to pick them up.


Half a dozen rejections, and some soul searching about reality, later, I’ve decided to take a different tack. In a perfect world, a fabric company would love these designs as much as I do, and print them as the type of quality cottons I enjoy buying from my local quilt shop. However, I’m a little fish in a big turbulent sea, and tropical prints make the viability even less.

So, I’m going to show them off here. I’m going to make things with them (eventually). Since they are at Spoonflower anyway, I’m making them available for purchase there (just click here). And if, by chance, anyone sees potential in them, I have a bunch more ideas in my head waiting for an excuse to come out.

I’m calling the collection “Kunia,” after the neighborhood where I live and am inspired.

Kunia fabric logo

9 thoughts on “Kunia

  1. they look great – especially the brown passion flower and the yellow stripes. Can’t wait to see what you make from it. Share some of your ideas with us!

    I couldn’t even make a repeat right so the design would look right. I’m in awe of your work.
    But when wouldn’t I be?! ^-^

  2. they are all LOVELY and go so well together…..GREAT JOB! And, I’m adding the FQs of them to my WANT LIST for right after the holidays.

  3. They’re terrific, Kristin! I’m impressed at your working at this, and at worst you will come out with a set of fabrics that reflect your own artistry and personal reflection of your new Hawaiian life. Keep going — I think you’re on a good path.

  4. I absolutely adore these fabrics & the pillows you show look awesome-the fabrics work so well together!
    I always have a place in my heart for Hawaiian prints (I live here, too!) but I’m constantly diappointed by what is out there lately & the quality of the fabric they are printed on! I’m also aghast when I do a search for Hawaiian prints on Ebay or Etsy & see that anything loud or garish is called Hawaiian!
    So I would absolutely encourage you to continue, but I do understand the frustration knowing there may not be a big enough market to support your endeavor. Best of luck-I’ll be on your side! I may go shopping at spoonflower now!

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