Hawaiian Quilting

Gena Edgar
Professor Gowen
English 508
May 2018

Hawaii, the land of sunsets, volcanos is rich with history both of the people and their way of life. Hawaiian quilting is a unique and interesting form of quilting that tells a story. It dates back to pre-contact times and is easily recognizable from American patchwork quilting. It is an applique technique that is unique to the Hawaiian style of quilting. I have never done applique, as a matter of fact, I am still learning how to make regular patchwork quilts. I first saw a Hawaiian quilt in Maui. I thought it was beautiful, but I was not interested in quilting at that time. When people think of quilting they usually think of it as ...

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respect for the Hawaiian people is what intrigues me and makes me want to learn to quilt in this way.

So what exactly is a quilt? It can be a lovely wall hanging, a cover for a bed, a lap robe or whatever a person can imagine and create. The quilt block is traditionally a block of fabrics in a specific pattern that is repeated or alternated with plain blocks to create a design. The size varies depending on what the quilter wants to create. The quilt blocks are made up of separate shapes sewn together to create a square. An example would be four squares in different colors of fabric, sewn together with four squares of plain fabric, then four more squares of different patterns then four plain. When those are all sewn together it creates a block and that block is then sewn together with another block and so on until the size of the piece is close to what you want. This is the quilt top. Then batting and backing are added, layered so the batting is in the middle. Then it is ...

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Women would piece together their quilts in numerous patterns, some that are well known and some created by their imaginations. Women would spend time sewing the pieces together until they created a beautiful quilt top. Then if they were lucky they lived close enough to other women and could get together for a day at a quilting bee. There they would work on one quilt, set up in a frame, and chat with their friends. Lunch was provided and often the families would come in the evening for supper and sometimes even a dance. They were great social events for the early pioneering families.

Hawaiian quilting has its own history, designs, and meaning as well as techniques. This tradition ...

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