I am so happy this quilt is finally finished! I’m not sure I can even pinpoint when I started it. I do have a list of events that I remember happening that led to it getting made:
- I saw a Hawaiian sampler quilt that was the inspiration in a quilt store in West Des Moines, Iowa at some point when I went back home to visit my parents. My mom hasn’t lived near West Des Moines for over 10 years, so that’s a data point. Probably weird to get inspiration for a Hawaiian quilt in Iowa, but it was a really cool store!
- My mom bought me a book of Hawaiian quilt block patterns when she and my dad went to Hawaii – again, must have been over 10 years ago.
- Gary and I went to Kauai for our 1st and 3rd anniversaries and I bought more patterns and the bundle of batiks I used to make these blocks. That would have been either 2009 or 2011.
So I’m thinking it’s been around 10 years. Making the blocks really didn’t take that long – it is all hand appliqué but I like having hand work to do – I just couldn’t decide what kind of fabric to use for the setting and then I was really scared to quilt it. I’ve done other Hawaiian quilts, and I’ll probably do another post about all of those with an upcoming finish, but I hand quilted all of them. I knew I didn’t want to hand quilt this one as it is so large.
I did go back in my blog to see how long I had this on my finish list. Looks like my first ever FAL goals post was in Q2’16 and this quilt was on that list. Ugh. I bought the grey sashing in Q4’17, but then didn’t think the grey alone would work. I finally bought the purple for the other sashing in mid-2018 and finished the top last June.
Anyway – YAY!! I finally finished it, and here she is – my Hawaiian Sampler photographed with snow!
The grey framing fabric and the purple sashing fabric are both solid batiks. I knew I wanted something plain and not busy so it wouldn’t compete with the blocks. As I said, I started with just the grey for the sashing, but thought that was too muddy. I think the purple works well.
I echoed all of the appliqué motifs both on the inside and outside. This was part of the reason it took me so long to get up the courage to quilt it as hand guided echoing is not my strength. I finally just decided to to it and just do my best. I used a ruler to help me out a bit at the beginning, but by the end I really got a lot better at it. Some close ups, though I will say I’m having problems getting the photos to show the quilting detail:
I did kind of an arrow/chevron design in the purple sashing and just framed the grey around the blocks with straight lines.
the back (with Gary’s head poking out at the top 🙂 ):
and Maggie helped again with the photos:
Hawaiian Sampler: 62″ by 82″
12 hand appliquéd blocks
10 colors of So Fine 50 used on the top, Bottom Line #623 in the bobbin
246,081 quilting stitches
I’m linking up with:
Let’s Be Social at Sew Fresh Quilts.
Wednesday Wait Loss at Inquiring Quilter – I think this quilt is the epitome of ending the Wait! 🙂
This was also on my Q4’18 FAL list, and I’ve made it just under the wire to post it as a Q4’18 finish!