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I am a quilter living in Woodbridge, Suffolk who has made quilts since I was a teenager. I also ring bells! Both are great British traditions....I will try to feature some of my antique Welsh and Durham quilts, the quilts I make myself, my quilting activities and also some of my bellringing achievements. Plus as many photos as I can manage. NB: Double click on the photos to see greater detail, then use back button to return to the main page.

Thursday 14 February 2013

Hawaiian Quilt in the Frame

Over the holidays, I was able to baste my blue and white Hawaiian quilt and start to quilt it. The name is Molokama, but it is different to the previous pattern of that name that I made in red and white.

 Here it is in the frame, I find these Qsnap frames really good. I do have an older frame as well as its newer replacement. You can see that I do use the older caps, especially the shorter one - they are split! but rather looser, which suits my purpose in some cases.

The quilting for these Hawaiian quilts is tradtionally echo quilting, which looks very atractive...

The first job is to outline the applique pieces. The applique is also quilted, but as there is an extra layer of cloth, it is not so easy to create small stitches. Ther dark blue colour of the applique cloth is also difficult to stitch.

As usual, I am not marking with a pencil or other marker, instead I use a line of straight pins, set at 1/2 inch using a small ruler. This I find much easier and of course there are no markings to get rid of.....


  1. A great quilt! I love the colour, the applique, and the quilting.
    Thanks for the tip using pins for marking points!

  2. It is really interesting to see how you mark the quilting lines, sounds like a great idea to try! Your stitches are so neat and tiny too, this will look beautiful when finished - are you entering it any competions?

  3. Beautiful! Good tip about the pins, but don't they pierce you sometimes?

  4. Pippa, that is lovely! I love the dark blue and white together, and your quilting is exquisite!

    1. Maureen, no the pins do not get in the way, partly because this is a large frame but also because, like machine quilting, when they get in the way, you move them, or occasionally reposition them.

  5. What a beautiful quilt. I love the high contrast and the color of blue is wonderful.

  6. just beautiful oh how I want to make an Hawaiian style quilt too.
    maybe if you ever get back to princeton we will have to have a mini class to get me started! do you buy the patterns or do you draw them up yourself, I have a few books but they are all for small size blocks. I would love a big quilt like yours! just soooo beautiful

  7. What a beautiful quilt! And such a exquisite quilting!
    Greetings Marle

  8. Katie, the patterns are traditional and are available from Cissy at Poakalani of Honolulu. Her website has lots of beautiful and interesting patterns....Pippa

  9. i'd love to see more of how that frame works. your quilt is lovely. i like how you mark with pins!