Last week, I was asked to make a minimum of 7 lap quilts within seven months. After assessing the customer’s needs, my mind drifted off to la-la land because I couldn’t process what I was being asked to deliver. They wanted Hawaiian quilts.
You may already know the process involved in making a Hawaiian quilt. If you don’t, let me be the first to tell you that it is all hand applique and hand quilting. After a few days of mulling the idea over without coming to a conclusion, I resorted to prayer – awaiting an answer on whether or not to take on this project.
The major struggle was knowing that if I took these quilts on, all of my spare time would be spent making them. I would have to get other people to do my chores, and I would have to put any travel plans on hold. What’s more, money didn’t factor into the decision. It simply came down to whether I had the time and effort to put into these quilts, not to mention whether the customer would be happy with the final product.
I knew my question was answered when I came home from church, walked into my studio, and headed straight into my closet where I store my fabric.
One of the customer’s suggestions was to use the colors and flowers of the Hawaiian Islands, namely:
Big Island: Red, Lehua
Maui: Pink, Lokelani rose
Lanai: Orange, Kaunaoa
Kahoolawe: Gray, Hinahina plant
Molokai: Green, Kukui Nut flower
Oahu: Yellow, Ilima
Kauai: Purple, Mokihana berry
Niihau: White, White pupu shell
Knowing that I needed to choose the simplest patterns to complete this project, I chose orange as my first color (Lanai) and paired it with the Plumeria.
Now I am off to get started on the applique. I will keep you posted as I go along.