Wednesday, November 19, 2014

First stitches

 Winter in Hawaii is officially here. The cold rains have come - making it ideal for hand quilting projects on the couch while Liam sleeps. Finally the last of my 2013 projects that followed me into 2014 are in the forefront of my attention. This is the project that I have been patiently waiting to begin. Eager yet also afraid.
My Coming Home To Kuiipo Quilt top is finally put together and and the first of the quilting stitches went in today. This quilt is the quilt that has documented so much of the past three years. I started appliquéing the blocks for this quilt shortly after Ross and I got married. The fabrics in this quilt themselves a time machine of different moments of ours lives. Our wedding. Our first Thanksgiving. The family that has loved and supported us. Each block representing a story - moments both sweet and sour. 
 The first block to begin is actually the first block that I appliquéd. The fabric used here was actually used to decorate for our wedding. The design is the crown flower... the flowers that Ross and his cousins picked so that my niece and flower girl Naomi would be able to toss them down the isle before I walked down to marry my best friend.
 Not having quilted with a hoop - or much by hand - I am telling myself that it is alright if the stitches are not perfectly spaced. The imperfections in the quilting, like the ones in the appliqué will tell the story of a beginning. Of a process. And that is alright.
It is raining today. The trade winds are blowing blowing blowing. My sweet baby is sleeping and I have soup simmering away on the stove. I am going to revel in this sweetest of moments and hand quilt while meditating on how blessed I am.

Happy Sewing everybody. Linking up to WIP Wednesday at freshly pieced 


  1. Simply stunning. I started a Hawaiian quilt more than a decade ago, all by hand, and I've yet to finish. Your gorgeous top makes me want to pull my project out again!

  2. Thank you Snowcatcher for stopping by! Hawaiian quilting is so rich in tradition. It has been an amazing joinery in learning this craft. =) Thank you for your compliment. I would love to see a picture of your Hawaiian quilt!