There’s a little school in the valley… a tradition of quilting sentimental keepsakes continues at Holy Nativity School!

There’s a little school in the valley, at Maunalua Bay… you will get this once you go our Holy Nativity School’s website www.holynativityschool.org to hear our keiki (children) sing their school song.  It is even more angelic to hear it in person.  This little elementary school in Hawaii is over 62 years strong and has a rich tradition of quilters.

Each year, quilters prepare a quilt for each class with the helping hands of the keiki to create memories and quilts for a lifetime.  They are auctioned off at their annual fundraising event titled “Pa’ina” which raises anywhere from $500-$5,000 in recent auctions per quilt!  My children are in Kindergarten and Second grade and I have the pleasure of making the “Kinder” quilt that will be put up for auction this year.

I decided to try my hand at a cathedral quilt.  Not only to try something new but to introduce a new type of quilt to our long tradition of unique quilts.  Our quilters have made amazing pieces of art in the past with beautiful mosaics, rag quilts, story quilts and more!

I searched the web and found a lovely tutorial on cathedral blocksThe House of A La Mode blog demonstrates a modern pillow project and I just expanded the number of rows and columns and gave it a whirl!  This project is more fabric origami more than anything else.  It takes patience and more patience until you can’t imagine doing another block!  Your hard work will pay off in the end-it is truly unique and lovely…

The keiki drew items that were important to them from nature and I then fussy cut their art to fit the blocks.  I also used some of their old uniforms to recycle and re-purpose this lovely fabric to make it even more sentimental to their time here at Holy Nativity School and their elementary school days.

Here is a sneak peek; I have more to do… and I will post more as I go and also share other pictures of our Pa’ina quilts, guest bloggers and the like-the quilts are really sweet and sentimental…like only children’s art can be!  The event is March 2, 2012!

What projects are you working on for charity or others?  QUTI wants to know…

Spooky Halloween Post-by Guest Blogger Tiffany

Cheers to the QUTI Club!  Here is Tiffany, an avid QUTI follower’s post…

Ever since last year, I wanted to make a tree quilt.  I spent the summer looking at the Monkeypod trees at basketball practice and wondered how a tree would look on fabric.  Then, my son’s 2nd grade class explored thanksgiving through the 5 senses and my daughter just loved the many different happy Halloween prints at the fabric store.  Voila!  The tree quilt presented itself–a cobweb trunk with pumpkin and spider leaves, art from my 2 year old, and thoughts from my son…what an excellent way to celebrate the fall holidays!

A quilt born from celebrating under the influence of my kids, fabulous fabric, fantastically creative friends, and the holiday season before us!!

Signed, Tiffany, a QUTI fan and obsessive hand quilter

 

My Namesake Gets a Keepsake!

Blue, bunnies and brown! Woohoo!

As some of you might remember, I cleared out, organized, and carved a path in my sewing cave (see related post http://wp.me/p1JRkn-ez) to accommodate house guests-my mom and my Aunty Linda.  Yes, my namesake and my mom came to visit the islands and to play with the kids, of course!

Little did they know, we had a packed week filled with cub scouts, birthday parties, regattas, Halloween parties (plural)-a relaxing Hawaiian vacation it was not!

In anticipation of Aunty Linda’s visit and her own Hawaiian birthday celebration, I ordered lovely Lily and Will Jelly Roll Blue by Bunny Hill for Moda Fabrics and coordinating fabric from the Fat Quarter Shop.  http://www.fatquartershop.com/Lily-and-Will-Bunny-Hill-Designs-Moda-Fabrics.asp  Love the Fat Quarter Shop!

I then consulted my quilting library of books and patterns-how did I collect so many in such a short amount of time??? Sound familiar?  I chose Bars of Gold from Jelly Roll Quilts by Pam & Nicky Lintott.  An excellent book-get it! http://tinyurl.com/74zgh5t  Check out the Quilt Room too! http://www.quiltroom.co.uk

I finished the quilt top in time for her arrival and her birthday celebration but needed to finish the quilt before her departure!  Eeek!  We celebrated and toured Hawaii with a drive around the island, fishing, a play date, a plumbing leak, a visit with the turtles on the North Shore, soap making, Cub Scouts, Halloween parties, trick or treating, and more!

All the while, we indulged each night with a little cocktail or wine to celebrate that we actually got through our hectic, yet fun-filled days!  With a day to spare, in true QUTI style, I finished it! Whew!

 

Eva Bernina gets a new dress…

A new dress for Eva!

On a whim-I know-shocking!-I made Eva a “dress” fitting for the royalty that she is… White waffle weave fabric keeps her warm inside and a pretty pattern shows off her shape… You all know I LOVE rickrack so of course she got some of that!

Voila! Cute red polka dot ribbon keeps her dress on and discrete!

Cheers!  Linda at www.QUTI.org

 

 

 

 

Celebrating our first month of QUTI!

Here’s to a great first month of this fun, wild, creative, expressive ride we call QUTI.org!  At our inaugural QUTI board meeting held this past week (ok, it was just Linda and I chatting at our dining table, with input from Grammy who skillfully managed making dinner and watching over Sean while we “worked”), we took time to celebrate the exciting sense of community that has been created through this venture.  We also are inspired to plan for new and exciting QUTI opportunities.

As we look ahead with anticipation, we aren’t entirely sure where the road will lead.  But isn’t that why the journey is great?  We hope that you all will continue to share your QUTI stories with us, and we promise to do the same for you.

Here’s what you can look forward to:

  • Free gifts!  Be sure to become a QUTI subscriber by entering your email address on the right side of our home page.  We will need your snail mail as well so that we can treat you to some fun QUTI goodies.  Must subscribe by September 7th to receive our first free gift.
  • Look for more quirky and crafty blog posts on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from the girls at QUTI.
  • And coming soon…QUTI merchandise!

Please take a moment to read our inspiration page.  This month we remember Kelly’s Aunty Jan; a quilter, runner, volunteer, and beloved wife, daughter, sister, aunty and friend! Quilting provides a beautiful opportunity to find one’s sense of creativity, perspective, and inspiration.  Thanks for being a part of our inspiration.

Cheers! Kelly