Ulu Hawaiian Applique Wall Hanging
Well, I finally finished the last stitches a few days ago on this little wall hanging. I have carried this from place to place all over this Hawaiian Isle as I stitched and watched the boys surf or play. I can't believe with all the sunblock, wind, sand, ocean water, swimming pool water.... that there is not a single stain on this and it has not been washed as of yet! I made this following Hawaiian tradition per some books I have read. It is cut out of one piece of fabric, needleturn applique by hand. These books say that quilting patterns must not be marked. I hand quilted the piece without markings and even managed to finish mostly symetrical within the piece! How I managed to end so nicely I am not sure but I am thrilled that it did finish mostly in balance on each side with the quilting. Hawaiian tradition says that if you begin your Hawaiian quiltmaking journey with the applique pattern called "Ulu" which is the Breadfruit tree, that you will enjoy bountiful quiltmaking. I certainly could not challenge that tradition. Here is my first Hawaiian Applique block,which was made into a small wallhanging:
Close up of quilting detail.
Backside of quilt
Of course any new quilt, no matter how small must be approved by our Sugar Cat, Tigger
The real thing. Ulu tree with breadfruits. I have eaten them in a hash brown type recipe and they were good!
A preview of the current project that I am working on. LOVE that new EZ Angle ruler!