Hawaiian Quilts

Quilting was introduced in Hawaii in 1820 by missionaries from New England. Most Hawaiian quilts are made from whole pieces of solid colored cloth. Large appliqued patterns are placed over a neutral colored background. These designs are cut from patterns fashioned by folding a piece of paper and cutting a design from it. THese designs are inspired by the natural beaty of Hawaii. The quilting usually follows the outline of the applique design.

The nineteenth century Hawaiian quilting bee was done on a quilting frame that was low to the ground since the Hawaiians preferred to sit on the floor. The woman hosting the quilting bee never contributed her own quilt since her job was to prepare the banquet which was served at the end of the day.