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!
Holy Nativity School, Honolulu, Hawaii
What projects are you working on for charity or others? QUTI wants to know…
Another commissioned quilt for the Wicked Step Mother…Hmmm, something is so wrong about making a quilt for a dog but it’s for family-what can I say???
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A little background is in order… my father and my Wicked Step Mother (a shared affection in deed :-)), welcomed Zoe into their lives in 2005 and their lives have changed forever. First of all, they are obsessed. So much so, I think Zoe ranks over their own grandchildren…really, I think an intervention is in order!
Here is evidence. I would like to think that this was staged as a joke, but I am afraid, it might not be…or perhaps they should explain in their own defense?
So I cut my rick rack with ease using my lovely Go!Baby. I layered my fabric with interfacing to make it all cut perfectly with the interfacing! I am telling you-the Go!Baby makes this sooooo easy and fast! My interfacing of choice is my favorite Pellon Wonder Under 805 (love this stuff-check it out!). Used my Warm and Natural Batting (again, love this stuff, won’t quilt without it!) and sealed it with a minky dot cuddle fabric… wow! do you think I can change the name and keep it instead? Ha!
And so, I machine quilted the rest using white and metallic threads to make it even more festive! Yes, festive for the Zoe, it does seem so wrong… but if it were your precious baby, you would do the same I suppose!
Postscript: I just know I am going to hear it from my brother… he sent fabric and threatened me that I better not make Zoe’s quilt before his-ooops… Here is my defense… he ordered a king size quilt-the quilters will understand, the brother won’t… peace out…
Can you tie them in a knot, can you tie them in a bow…? Hang-Ups are QUTI’s new fav!!!
While trying to transform Ella’s room to meet her new 5 year old expectations (her what??? Exactly…I digress)… I Googled (is that actually a word yet?), to find an easy way to hang a few quilts. Her stark white walls needed a quick splash of color!
Yippee! Look what I found!
It was a miracle that I could find tacks and voila, I had wall art! Check it out!
As for the quilt, it was a first attempt at a quilt concept I am in the process of perfecting, I hate the trunk, but love Ella’s Pre-Kindergarten friends in the tree…
Here is how you use them, I loved how I could just use tacks for a quick install or use the cool hard core tape option-I am now a quilt hanging rock star! Ok, not really, but I felt righteous!
What are other ways you use to hang and display your quilts?
It was time to expand my horizons! Linda entrusted me with the use of the beautiful Eva Bernina. I wanted to use the last of the special pieces of my dad’s old clothes to make a few early Christmas present pillows. To complete the pillow top, I wanted to do my first stipple. For a girl who is often too uptight and worried about doing things the “right way”, this was a great experience. To stipple, you really have to loosen up and let it flow. Linda helped me to use her stipple stencil to chalk out my path, we did a little stipple practice on some scraps and then I was on my way.
So much fun! To be honest, I ended up not following my stenciled path which is obvious to anyone who looks too closely at the pillow but I found my groove after a bit and I love the way it looks. In the middle of my stipple, I did hit a bit of a snag…ok, a big snag, when I broke the needle on Eva Bernina. Yikes! Linda, being the wise, patient teacher that she is, didn’t blink an eye, she changed out the needle in no time flat, and I finished!
I so enjoy quilting because it makes me push myself to learn new techniques every day. What a great model for our children in the pusuit of being life long learners. I’m off to create some Christmas gifts now…
Unfortunately for the last few weeks I have not been able to quilt much, finding myself under the influence of lots of work, family and friends visiting from out of town, and preparing for my son’s birthday party.
Every day for the two months leading up to his 5th birthday, my son would repeat his wishes just to be sure we were clear on what he wanted. “I want a new scooter, a bounce house and Boco and Stepney (Thomas the Train engines)”. Well, as the day approached we were able to find a scooter, got the bounce house rented and delivered to our backyard, and my husband tracked down the train engine named Stepney. We discovered, however, that Boco the Train, which our son had spotted in one of his classic Thomas movies, had been discontinued. By the time we found our way to track it down on Amazon, we had missed the deadline. “Oh well” we thought. It would be a good opportunity to talk to our son about counting our blessings for the gifts we do receive.
The infamous Boco
Little did we know that Aunty Linda had a trick (and her talent for quilting) up her sleeve. She used the beauty of technology and her inkjet printer to find pictures of Boco the Train and created a wonderful birthday quilt. I gasped as I watched my son open the gift, genuinely surprised and awed at the perfect gift. The next morning our son turned to my husband and I and smiled saying, “I got everything I wanted for my birthday! Im so happy”.
Thanks to Aunty Linda for her thoughtfulness, creativity, and her great stash of materials and cool quilting techniques.
My mom (Grammy) has also been inspired to get into the QUTI fun. She decided to make a very special gift for her sister who has been a life long horse lover. So we went on a fun field trip to the fabric store unsure if we’d find enough fabrics that would work together (the pattern we selected called for 1 yard of 8 different fabrics). Our heads were soon spinning with too many choices! I had my first expereince of realizing how one can get “lost” in a fabric store for hours. We found beautiful fabrics and even one that had horses galloping on it. Being the very linear thinking ladies that we are, we really pushed ourselves to think outside of the box a bit and mix up our choices. The combination of our fabrics looks fantastic!
We certainly learned a lot of valuable lessons while tackling what turned out to be a big quilt. As we’ve heard experienced quilters say, there’s always a mistake in each quilt but that’s what makes it so special. Well, let me tell you, if that’s the case, this is a really special quilt! In all seriousness, the quilt turned out great.
Learning how to join two pieces of batting.
Linda was a great coach every step of the way. She taught us how to combine two pieces of batting, how to add fun embellishments, and ways to organize our project once we’d finished cutting. One evening, while quilting together at Grammy’s house and enjoying a little white wine, we found ourselves in a mini dispute over the definition of columns vs. rows, but it resulted in us cracking up and asking, “Are we talking about the same thing?”
We’ve got a few last touches to add, but we can see the finish line and we aren’t even going to wait until Christmas to mail it. We’ll be sending it to my aunt in a few short weeks, and I have a feeling that she will treasure it.
I’m not quilting this morning. I’m snuggling with a quilt while under the influence of CNN’s coverage of the hurricane. Usually, in Hawaii, we are the ones facing the hurricane, but somehow it’s even more nerve-wracking watching and worrying for those so far away.
As I sit here in my pajamas watching coverage of Hurricane Irene, I find myself praying for the East Coast as I snuggle a little closer to one of my favorite quilts. Linda made my mom a tremendous gift earlier this year. We call it The Camp Quilt.
My mom is an angel who dedicates her free time to volunteer for various organizations that help people in critical health. Through her work she’s volunteered at an annual camp. Each volunteer get a t shirt and when I mentioned this to Linda I think I actually saw a light bulb go off over her head.
“Aha! I’ve been wanting to learn this new t shirt quilt technique. I want to make something special for your mom!”
So in true ‘life long learner Linda’ style, she signed up for a quilting class, and in no time she had completed an amazing memory quilt. When my mom showed the quilt to her fellow volunteers, they made it even more special by signing their names and words of appreciation to the quilt with fabric markers. Now all of the volunteers want a quilt, too!
Linda’s enthusiasm reminds me that quilting allows us to try new things each time we create something. For me, a girl who likes consistency and routine, I love that quilting helps me to experiment and break out of my box. It’s exhilarating!
Here’s to great memory quilts, trying new things, and to wishing all of those on the East Coast well today and in the days to come.
Tshirt quilting squares technique.
Linda added fun extras like this text square she made on her printer.