Before Nathan turned 2 my husband and I took my parents to Hawaii for a family vacation. We wanted to go before he had to pay for a seat on the plane. Not a big fan of typical touristy things we chose to go to the island of Kauai, the island where Jurassic Park was filmed. While there I visited some of the quilt shops and found the works of Sylvia Pippen. I was looking for something representative of Hawaii to remember our trip, although the suitcase of fabrics my husband had to pack arguably should have been enough. When I saw the “Plumeria Floating On Water” kit at one of the stores I knew I had to get it. Being a fan of Japanese culture and art I had always wanted to try sashiko. Although I had never really done applique before, I figured it couldn’t be too hard.
I wasn’t a big fan of the huge light blue border so I went with a more subtle folded accent. I also added some additional batik fabrics to get more variety to the Plumeria flowers. I found the fun multi-colored batik to frame it in a clearance section of a local fabric store. Not knowing any better I had actually used a monofilament thread, which means someday I may have to re-create the wall hanging. I finished up the top in about half a year but sometime soon after I ended up setting it aside, probably to work on Christmas gifts or something. It got folded up and became a forgotten UFO.
While cleaning and organizing my craft room I found it again. I think this would be a good practice trying to learn hand quilting before I tackle the big Traveling Quilt (am I insane that I want to try hand quilting it?)