What are Hawaiian Quilts?

Do you remember cutting snowflakes out of paper when you were a child?  Making a Hawaiian quilt is very similar!  Hawaiian quilts are designed by a similar process, making a pattern from one large sheet of paper which has been folded.  Designs are cut from the folded paper, and the finished pattern is then transferred to one large piece of fabric.  A Hawaiian quilt is essentially a two-color quilt made from a backing fabric and a large whole-design applique placed on top.



Lili'uokalani  (1993). Hawaiian quilt by Deborah (Kepola) U Kakalia, Bishop Museum Honolulu


Some good books on Hawaiian Quilting: