My love for hand quilting originated in Hawaii in 2011 where I learned the Hawaiian hand quilting technique from locals. The radial symmetry patterns based on the shadows of plants captivated my aesthetic. Since my first try at applique, I’ve gotten a good bit of practice and a few months ago attempted my most complex and largest Hawaiian quilt project yet.
I responded to the graphic quality of the pattern and started making plans to translate it into a screen print. The pattern was taken from Denyse Schmidt’s book Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration
I picked two very bright colored fabrics that popped out at me. The teal fabric is a batik with lots of visual interest. I hand cut the fabric and it took a while to get the complicated pattern to lay flat. I basted the perimeter of the teal fabric before proceeding with the applique.
This is an in process shot taken while working on the quilt at a cabin in the snowy woods of Ohio over Thanksgiving. I hunkered down next to a wood stove and stitched for hours and hours, only taking breaks to jump in the outdoor hot tub.
The quilt measures 42″ squared. I made a quilt label for the first time by screen printing handwritten text onto a piece of fabric used on the front.