Out of the 3029 passengers on the ship, I suspect we were the only two that went to see quilts in Hilo. As we are wont to do, we were just wandering around the town to see what was going on.
The big event was the week-long Merrie Monarch Hula Festival highlighted by a three-day hula competition. It was dedicated to Kind David La`amea Kalᾱkaua who reigned from 1874 to 1891 and is celebrated for his fun-loving support of music and dance. Unfortunately, one has to make reservations up to a year in advance, so that will have to wait for another trip.
But when we passed the Mokupapapa Discovery Center, we noticed they had a show devoted to contemporary Hawaiian quilts. We decided to see what they were all about. Here are a few of the 50 quilts on display.
In a news report, Roberta Muller, who teaches a free quilting class at the Center, said her quilts usually take about 400 hours to make. The usual process is to appliqué a pattern onto a piece of fabric; that is, to sew it with ornamental needlework. Then the piece is quilted — two pieces of fabric are sewn together with padding between them using lines of needlework, often in a pattern itself.
Click on images to enlarge and to see the artists’ names.