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 blocks. The 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!
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