Nov 27 2012

A Special Quilt

Published by at 9:29 am under creating

I just finished reading Jennifer Chiaverini’s book, The Aloha Quilt. It was a nice easy read that lulled me to sleep each evening. Not to say it was a boring book. I learned a lot about the history of Hawaii and more importantly to me, information about Hawaiian quilts.

Hawaiian quilts have a style all their own. Usually made up of bright colors, each pattern is made by cutting paper similar to making paper snowflakes. Patterns are mostly fashioned after natures bounty; leaves, pineapple, flowers, etc. According to the author of The Aloha Quilt, Christian missionaries introduced the art to the native population (of Hawaii) in the eighteen hundreds. The Hawaiian people took what they learned and developed their own unique style.
source: pg 38 The Aloha Quilt

Here is an example of a Hawaiian quilt:

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    1. Charla @ Healthy Home Blog on 27 Nov 2012 at 9:26 pm

      Pretty quilt! Blue is my favorite color. :)
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    2. Kerry @ CDA Kids & Crafting on 02 Dec 2012 at 10:23 am

      What a lovely example of a Hawaiian quilt. My family lives in Hawaii and I just love visiting and seeing all the beautiful home decorations including quilts.

      Interesting. I never would have imagined that it came about by way of missionaries. It’s nice to learn something new each day. Thank you.
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    3. Peter on 03 Dec 2012 at 2:24 am

      Hawaii has different culture and traditions which is resembled by the unique quilting style and more intricate Hawaiian quilt. I have heard the quilt patterns earlier, did not use humans or animals in their designs. They instead reflected the natural beauty of plants and flowers of the islands. Today, when I visited Hawaii, the quilts are available in more textures and colors. I love the combination of blue and white. It is completely serene. Loved the quilt.

    4. Estelle Page on 03 Dec 2012 at 6:42 am

      I love this idea, so unique! It’s a project I could get my kids involved with too, designing their own ‘snowflakes’.
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