18 Jan

Aloha Pineapple Quilt Along!

It’s almost time for me to start a new class at Ho’ae’ae Park in my neighborhood. The last session went great — instead of my usual sampler quilt, I broke many of the skills down into smaller, more manageable projects. This time, everyone had at least two finished items at the end of class, and several went on to make variations and multiples!

The only problem is that we had so much fun in class almost everyone wanted to sign up again and learn to make more things! Now I’ve got to come up with something new. This seemed like a good opportunity to make the Pineapple Log Cabin quilt out of aloha fabrics that I’ve been contemplating.

I’ve decided that we can each bring as many aloha scraps or quarter yards as we have, or wish to buy, and then we can share them all for a wonderfully scrappy look and that sharing spirit of aloha as well.

Each individual will use his or her solid fabric of choice to pull their quilt together. I have only made a few sample blocks, but I mocked up an idea of what the quilts might look like. I bought a bolt of chartreuse solid last year, so that will be the grounding fabric for my quilt.

It looks pretty intense, but we’ll be using paper piecing and we’ve got ten weeks in which to make all the blocks. My mock up is crib or lap sized, but things could change as we go along.

I can think of at least two people who would like to participate in this but classes at the park are not practical. I’m also quite confident that my blog does not compete with my park classes. So here’s my invitation to you. I will post the instructions online as we proceed with the class. You don’t get to share our fabrics, but maybe you can get a friend or two to play along.


I’ll post once a week, most likely after class on Monday, which could easily end up being Tuesday posts. We’ll see how it goes. We’ll also see how the tempo of the class goes. What’s that local saying? “Relax, we’re not on the Mainland anymore.”

Class starts on the 24th. My first post will include a fabric list, some sample blocks and probably a downloadable foundation. I hope you can join us!

25 Mar


When I go to the Hawai’i Quilt Guild meetings, I usually go with a friend who found me through this blog and her granddaughter who happens to live near me. The granddaughter is a high school senior and is part of her school’s culinary arts program. Their big end of year research project is to plan a wedding: create a menu that they would cater and source the food, choose linens and table decor, location, cake, price entertainment, and probably a few other things. She’s decided her project will be a morning wedding on a beach. We tossed out ideas and compared wedding stories over dinner post-meeting. I envisioned a simple, classic, tiered cake with sandy colored fondant and sugar sea shells. My friend improved on the idea with those marbled Belgian chocolate shells. This led to visions of white linens, woven mats and hurricane lamps or apothecary jars filled with sea shells (no need for candles in the morning). Red coral seemed an appropriate exotic accent in the jars, which led to orange lei for the guests as well. I was really taken by the idea of a neutral wedding with accents of orange and spent the entire next morning making an “inspiration page” of images I found on the web (I’m not posting it here since it’s for personal use and I don’t want to mess with copyright issues or trying to link to every source, but imagine sea breezes and rustic chic). As much fun as finding all the parts was, I was really liking the colors. So, I made a palette, a la Vicky. It wasn’t looking as great as the inspiration or the vision in my head and I quickly realized that the proportions were wrong. Too much orange. So, I messed around a bit more and now the palette looks like a fabulous quilt block. Too bad the wedding isn’t a real one — I could make a quilt for the happy couple.

06 Feb

Dove in the Window

The new theme at 12×12 is Window. This is huge — I could go so many places with it that I am actually overwhelmed. Out of curiosity, I looked to traditional quilt blocks like Cathedral Windows and Attic Window, and also found one called “Dove in the Window” which and was first published by the Lady’s Art Company in 1898.


I think there’s a lot to be said for traditional quilt blocks and their history. I love their names. Some are whimsical, some are pictorial, some are political — like Burgoyne Surrounded or Whig’s Retreat. I like that their makers could include subtle messages through the blocks they chose to use: the most widely known probably being the blocks claimed to be used by slaves to assist in their escape to freedom like Wagon Wheel, Flying Geese and Monkey Wrench.

I felt compelled to try out this block today. I used fabric from my husband’s old BDUs (battle dress uniform). I doubt I’ll use it as my 12×12 submission, but it could well inform something else I want to work on. Actually, I have about 5,000 things I want to work on. Is it wrong for me to hope the kids don’t come home from school today?