Being a pediatric dentist, summer is a busy time at my office. But, when summer ends and kids go back to school, I like to take a week off to relax at home. This year, I decided to spend my week quilting.
A few years ago, while on spring break in Maui, I purchased some printed Hawaiian fabric panels. When I returned home from that trip, I started wondering why I actually purchased these panels. If I was going to make another Hawaiian quilt, I was going to make an applique quilt (not use printed panels). Sometimes impulse shopping is not a good idea!. So, I just put the fabric in a drawer and left them there. This summer, when sorting through my fabrics, I ran across these panels and I realized that they would make nice quilts to donate. Being printed, I could do a simple quilt block/sashing construction and make several quilts very quickly.
Taking out the panels – there were seventy two 11″ x 11″ panels in various colors – I split them into groupings that seemed to go together. Then I sorted through my other batik fabrics to find colors that coordinated with these panels. Piecing the tops and quilting with simple block designs (definitely not state fair quality, but still very nice), I completed four Hawaiian quilts on my week off. I sure hope the new owners will enjoy these.
Now I’m going to start working on an idea for a quilt for the 2018 state fair. Should be a fun one to do, but will take some time to finish it.