Bright Things: Hawaiian Quilt Inspired Kitchen Tea Towels

9 May, 2012

in Bright Things,Fabric, Textiles, & Sewing

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Hello, friends!

I’m so excited to show you my first line of kitchen tea towels!!  (This is what all those sneak peek photos I showed you Monday were about.)

Ages and ages ago I posted about my new-found love for Hawaiian quilts and how amazing I thought they were.  I still do.

The common story surmises that when missionaries came to Hawaii in the 1820s, the traditional craft of Kapa Moe, hand felting designs for bed coverings, was combined with the newly learned skill of quiltmaking into the distinctive style that is now Hawaiian quilts. Instead of buying a bunch of fabric they probably couldn’t afford, they picked one colorful solid and gave the quilt style by skillful cutting, applique, and shadow stitching, rather than through patchworking.

The combination of bright colors, tropical foliage, cultural cross-pollination, and organic shapes within geometrics…what’s not to love?!

So I drew, and redrew, and sized. Then I hand cut the designs on linoleum blocks and hand printed them onto the tea towels.

As always, feedback from you, the ones who really travel this handmaking and business journey with me, is super helpful, so please let me know what you think!

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They are now for sale in my shop, Things Bright.

Take a look, let me know what you think, and pass along the info to friends looking for a hostess or housewarming gift, won’t you? Thanks, friends!


All photos courtesy of my dear friend Heather, at Olivier Co.

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Sister DianeNo Gravatar

These are gorgeous! No wonder you emailed me about your hands being so tired from carving – those are really intricate blocks! Did you carve the entire design as a block, or one quarter of it, and then print it four times?

Also, I’m pretty in awe of your skills as a carver here!


ElizabethNo Gravatar

Thank you! The quarters are 6 x 6 blocks that I cut and then printed 4 times.


pamNo Gravatar

These are just simply beautiful! I am with Diane – great appreciation for your carving skills. And for your design sense. Job well done!


ElizabethNo Gravatar

Pam, thank you very much!! Those are meaningful compliments from both of you. :)


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