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    Super Member Annaquilts's Avatar
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    I realy like the bold prints and colors. I probably haven't made as many quilts with Hawaiian fabric as I would like because most of my quilts are made for some one else and they have other prefferences. Since it is so distinct I would love to see other quilts and projects made with it. Thanks, Anna

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    I love it too....mostly because William (DH) does...I make all of his Hawaiian shirts now, and I'm saving the scraps from those shirts to make him a quilt with... :)

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    Wow make shirts too. I have made some mumus mostly for my girls but I have not attempted shirts yet. did you use a Hawaiian shirts pattern or regular shirt pattern.

    I hope to post some pictures of the quilts I made later. I can't get it to work right now.

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    When I get home I'll post the pattern maker and number for the shirt I make for him. It's a super simple pattern, takes me about 4 hours start to finish to make, and I match the fabric design up on the pocket and front panels. :)

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    I am a Hawaiian print lover too. Always have been. My husband has about 80 tropical print shirts, so you would think I would be sick of them, but nope. I have yet to make a quilt out of them although I do have a nice stack of tropical print fabrics. Someday, someday.

    This is kinda sad or demented, not sure, but I think that if my dh goes before me, and I am still able an not too old, I will make my kids quilts out of all his shirts. Actually, I told him my plans and he did say he would start going through them and pull out some to use now, instead of waiting till he is gone. I wonder if I scared him?

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    I have a friend that was born and raised in Hawaii. She went there a couple of months ago and brought us all back some fabric. It was awesome!!!

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    I love Hawaiian fabric. I was teaching a Stack and Whack class once and one of the students used a hawaiian print that turned out beautiful. I think it was one of the prettiest ones I have seen.

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    Here's the pattern I use to make William's shirts..

    http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-...patternid=2571

    Super simple, makes a nice shirt!

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    Great to hear from some others that love those Hawaiian prints. Special thanks to Charlee for the link to the shirt pattern.

    Here are some pictures of quilts I made using some Hawaiian style fabrics. These are all quilts I made years ago as it seems I just do not get to making for me quilts any more. I am planning to make a pieced quilt for DS that is helping me with holding up the quilts. He exclaimed how much he loves these quilts so maybe I can sqeeze one in with a star pattern, some thing else he loves, for Christmas.

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    note my almost 21 yr old island son's feet LOL
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    Sunset Over Waikiki made after the adoption of my youngest son in Waikiki
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    one lone shark to signify the sharks off the coast in Hawaii
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    Maui pineapple comp.
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    Volcanic birth of islands Hawaiian fabric
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    This quilt has the cool Hawaiian fabric on the back and fishy print on the front.
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    beautiful quilts thanks for sharing the photos with us

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    Wow! I have some of those same prints. Thanks for the inspiration. You have some very beautiful quilts there.

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    WOW. had to post mine to show you. It's my own quilt that I made for myself about 15 years ago. I still use it and am amazed how well it has retained it's color. No fading. It blew me away to see your very similar quilt. ;-) This has been laundered many times. It was my first serious quilt. I've come to really appreciate the quality of Hawaiian fabris compared to Mainland fabrics.

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    Beeeaaautifal quilts and fabrics. :thumbup:

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    Very nice quilts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QUILT4JOY
    WOW. had to post mine to show you. It's my own quilt that I made for myself about 15 years ago. I still use it and am amazed how well it has retained it's color. No fading. It blew me away to see your very similar quilt. ;-) This has been laundered many times. It was my first serious quilt. I've come to really appreciate the quality of Hawaiian fabris compared to Mainland fabrics.
    Love it! I think that is still one of my favorite layouts just the plain squares.

    The pineapple quilt is my "me" quilt. I told my family they could bury me in it after I died but DH said he is keeping it. I was surprised as he never uses it. I asked him if he would then use it and he just smiled. LOL My pineapple quilt has been every where with me from camping to multiple hotel rooms to the couch and quilt retreats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annaquilts
    Quote Originally Posted by QUILT4JOY
    WOW. had to post mine to show you. It's my own quilt that I made for myself about 15 years ago. I still use it and am amazed how well it has retained it's color. No fading. It blew me away to see your very similar quilt. ;-) This has been laundered many times. It was my first serious quilt. I've come to really appreciate the quality of Hawaiian fabris compared to Mainland fabrics.
    Love it! I think that is still one of my favorite layouts just the plain squares.

    The pineapple quilt is my "me" quilt. I told my family they could bury me in it after I died but DH said he is keeping it. I was surprised as he never uses it. I asked him if he would then use it and he just smiled. LOL My pineapple quilt has been every where with me from camping to multiple hotel rooms to the couch and quilt retreats.
    Me too Anna! My quilt and my pillow both travel with me everywhere too. BTW I'll have to take pix of the pillow cases I make. It won't be right away because I don't have a digital camera yet. But I love my pillow cases being as bright and flowery as the quilt.

    And, like you, I also love plain squares for myself as well. :lol:

    Have you spent a lot of years in Hawaii> You certainly capture the Aloha spirit.

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    As a fluke I came across your question "Is anyone else a Hawaiian Fabric Whore?" or something like that (haha!)..sorry if I offended anyone, but that is what my family - OHANA - calls me! I have been collecting Vintage Hawaiian Fabrics for over 30 years now. I started doing Hawaiian Quilting using these fabrics and it takes up a lot of my time (about 6 months or so, to make ONE) but it's worth it. I am just about the only quilter in the family (of my generation) and have been making baby quilts for every newborn since 1985 when my Grandmother died...Because I've come to the time in my life that my siblings and cousins are leaving this world to go into the next, I have started to make lap quilts for the surviving children or grandchildren out of their old Hawaiian Shirts or fabrics from my collection. How do I show you the photos? Mahalo! Robyn

    Kailani's Baby Quilt
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    Cody's Baby Quilt -Born March 21,2011 Made using a Hawaiian Shirt that was his Grandpa's (my cousin) who passed away last year. This is without the borders or quilting. Pattern called SIDELINES 2009 by Debbie Bowles
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    I lived in Hawaii for 15 years. At the time I left I was just starting to quilt. I never thought of using the beautiful Hawaiian fabric for quilts. I wonder if I can get DH to take me back to Hawaii so I can get some beautiful Hawaiian fabric for a quilt? I would have to travel with empty suitcases because I know I would have them full of fabric coming home!!! The quilts you are all showing are beautiful. :thumbup:

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    In 2007 my sister passed away. It was in February and it was snowing and cold. I just holed myself up for a couple of months and made this memorial quilt using a lot of the 1960's vintage fabrics. By summer time I was just finishing it and people suggested I enter it into the County Fair. I had never entered anything before and was pleased that it won a Blue Ribbon! :)

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    Where do you buy your materials at? I have a son who lives in Hawaii and thought someday to make a quilt from Hawaiian prints.

    Thanks Cheryl

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    Forgot to add I really like your quilts and appreciate you sharing

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    Anaquilts - I LOVE your Sunset over Hawaii quilt! We just returned from 10 days in Hawaii, and I brought home a ton of fabric! I am looking for ideas for a quilt pattern to make. I'm not much for applique, so I won't be making one of those wonderful native Hawaiian patterns. Any ideas would be helpful!

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    Tell him to shop at fabric mart. Besure he asks them where the 100% cotton prints are unless you are open to polly cotton. Also you can find fabrics at Aloha stadium swap meet, Ohau, Sat. and I believe Wed. You can order fbarics directly from Fabric mart but I think you need to order it by the yard. the last time I was there DH took me to another store and it was evben cheaper then Fabric Mart and similar fabrics. It said something whole sale and was on Ohau but for the world I can not remember the name. It was close to a whole sale Hawaiian silk flower place and I beleive fairly close to where Costco is now located.



    Quote Originally Posted by cheryl rearick View Post
    Where do you buy your materials at? I have a son who lives in Hawaii and thought someday to make a quilt from Hawaiian prints.

    Thanks Cheryl
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    I think a lot of these Hawaiian prints lend themselves to some more modern paterns because of their often large scale prints. I think a large drunkards patch would be awesome too. One more on my todo list.
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    Sweet quilts and what a legacy you are making for your family.
    Thanks for posting pictures and encouraging me to safe DH
    and my DS's shirts and DD's dresses.


    Quote Originally Posted by supermommaloha View Post
    As a fluke I came across your question "Is anyone else a Hawaiian Fabric Whore?" or something like that (haha!)..sorry if I offended anyone, but that is what my family - OHANA - calls me! I have been collecting Vintage Hawaiian Fabrics for over 30 years now. I started doing Hawaiian Quilting using these fabrics and it takes up a lot of my time (about 6 months or so, to make ONE) but it's worth it. I am just about the only quilter in the family (of my generation) and have been making baby quilts for every newborn since 1985 when my Grandmother died...Because I've come to the time in my life that my siblings and cousins are leaving this world to go into the next, I have started to make lap quilts for the surviving children or grandchildren out of their old Hawaiian Shirts or fabrics from my collection. How do I show you the photos? Mahalo! Robyn

    Kailani's Baby Quilt
    Name:  Attachment-173381.jpe
Views: 720
Size:  85.1 KB

    Cody's Baby Quilt -Born March 21,2011 Made using a Hawaiian Shirt that was his Grandpa's (my cousin) who passed away last year. This is without the borders or quilting. Pattern called SIDELINES 2009 by Debbie Bowles
    Name:  Attachment-173384.jpe
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Size:  228.3 KB
    Anna Quilts

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