27 Jan


I finished another one! This one started as one idea about four years ago, got abandoned, and then came back to life last year in this form:


Hale’aina (ha-lay aye-nah) is hawaiian. Hale means house and aina means “of the land.” In the old days, the hale’aina was the house where the women ate. Today, it usually refers to a restaurant. But as most hawaiian language also contains a “secret” meaning, it could be interpreted as “the house that nourishes.” Hale’aina also happens to be the name of the street we live on.

Women, home, nourishment, where we live — how could I not do something inspired by this? I already had the houses (appliqued to a duvet cover — more comforts of home) with collaged floral roots, so I decided to just take it further. I added food themed fabrics, and once I found one with a spam musubi the whole thing shifted into whimsical and allowed me to add other things like a pizza button, a pumpkin bead, two flounder, and a cocktail olive. It’s a house chock full of food, love, hope, fun, and dreams.

On the technical, or construction side, this is all about the contrast between the plain corduroy areas and the richly embellished house and roots area. I had fun laying it on. Every time I thought I could stop, I found another place to add something. This one is very rewarding up close, and I dare anyone not to be tempted to touch it.

The quilt is 25″x37.” Hale’aina is the working title. I’m going to ask a hawaiian speaking acquaintance if it calls for something more poetic. It’s obviously not a hawaiian quilt, so maybe I’m pushing the boundaries already, but that’s at least where the inspiration came from.

19 thoughts on “Hale’aina

  1. ooooh!!!!
    LOVE it.
    the flowers.
    the sushi 😉
    the butterflies!

    looks like this would be a house where one would love to live.
    stuffed with all the things that are in REAL homes (like the pizza…).

  2. This is fantastic! I love all of those beautiful colours and the details…I want to hold it and take a closer at look. Such a lovely name too.


  3. Add a stein or a mini button and you easily could call it Hale La Flamme.

    Yes, you’re right, I love, love, LOVE it!

    How about a close-up of the blue flower garden on the right? It’s loverly.

  4. Fabulous! All that negative space is so gutsy and effective. Your hand stitching is so unique — as hand stitching and “slow cloth” is becoming so popular, I think you have completely maintained your own style. Great job.

  5. Gaaa! Love the collage of fabrics and embroidery and roots. Makes me want to go back to my Hale’aina! Did you join the slow cloth group on FB? You should post this on their Flickr site.

  6. Oh, Kristin, another amazing piece. I adore it. I hope you’ll keep making these, because it would be so great to see a roomful in a special exhibit!

  7. That is SO great. All the meanings tied up in the name…could not be more perfect. Clearly, it was waiting for you to get to Hawai’i to finish it!

  8. I really like this. I love all the bits of fabric collage, crochet and texturre. I think it’s also that the houses are outlines only. They stand out and have a graphic quality. Nice!

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