My start at Hawaiian quilting came from… Hawaii! Yeah, I dedicated a whole afternoon to shopping. I went to Kamuki Dry Goods, which was a funny shop. It very much brings to mind what I imagine quilt shops looked like in the 70s. That said they had more Kona Cotton colors than I’ve ever seen anywhere, and I did get my hands on 4 patterns, three 22 inch square ones and one that even now seems like a big 44″ folly. I got two 22″ pieces in greens, and ed and bone-colored 44″ pieces.
I know that Hawaiian quilting designs are supposed to have a spiritual aspect and strong symbolism, but I didn’t really have a guide, so I picked what I found pretty and decided to assign my own symbolism.