Betsey Telford-Goodwin's Rocky Mountain Quilts 130 York Street York Village, Maine 03909 207-363-6800

About Vintage & Antique Hawaiian Quilts

Patchwork quilting was first brought to the Hawaiian Islands in 1820 by New England missionaries who proceeded to teach the native women the art of quilt making. Hawaiian quilt making design and execution have become something uniquely their own and most recognize the large scale yet elegant 'papercut' applique as the traditional Hawaiian quilt.

The usual method of creating the applique design was to fold one large square of fabric into eighths, with the last fold forming a triangle. The border was cut first; then the center motif was cut from the remaining fabric. Sometimes paper patterns were used, but often the designs were cut freehand. The cutouts were then unfolded, pinned to the background fabric, and appliqued into place with fine, tiny stitches. The hand quilting was typically echo outlining of the organic applique shape. Hawaiian women drew upon their garden for many of their designs. The actual leaves of the breadfruit, of the pumpkin and papaya, fig leaves and ferns were used as patterns. The widespread tentacles of the octopus, the outlines of the turtle and Mahina - The Crescent Moon - were very oldtime themes for quilt patterns.

Hawaiian quilts are most often found in one of the following three classifications: quilts with naturalistic motifs, those associated with a place, or those with historical themes. A few patterns do fall outside this classification such as the Saw pattern, and the Press Gently pattern.

Hawaiian Quilts

Click on the pictures below to see more views. Shading is due to lighting, not representative of the quilt. Call for the availability.

CONGG10 Blue and White Hawaiian Applique
Please view the detail photos (click images above) for closeup views.
CONGG10 Blue and White Hawaiian Applique
c.1950
95 x 90 inches
Hawaii
$4,500

This c.1950 Hawaiian quilt is absolutely spectacular. The appliqué and reverse appliqué are executed with almost invisible stitching. I have found quilts like this with curved edges in books, but this design is rare and unusual. Hawaiian quilts are always quilted with echo quilting, just as is executed on this beautiful piece. This size quilt will also fit perfectly on a queen size bed. Covering a king size bed with 7 inches on three sides would be a perfect venue for this piece of art. The blue border measures apx 5 inches all the way around. On this area embellishments have been added. It’s almost impossible to find a seam on this quilt, but there must be one somewhere due to the fact this fabric would have never come in this width. Fabric was only 36 inches wide back in the 50’s. The fabric must have been joined prior to cutting out the Hawaiian pattern. Vibrant and dynamic, this would be a wonderful piece of art on a wall as well as a stunning quilt on your bed.



Q8496 Four Block Applique with Hawaiian Design
Please view the detail photos (click images above) for closeup views.
Q8496 Four Block Applique with Hawaiian Design
c.1930
70 x 75 inches
New Holland, PA
$1,400

This exquisitely designed quilt is all hand pieced, hand appliquéd and hand quilted. The creator has borrowed concepts from two different social backgrounds to create her piece of art. The 4 block formation was a design from the 2nd quarter of the middle part of the 19th century. The appliquéd motif is reminiscent of a Hawaiian design and may actually be a copy of such. This is beautifully appliquéd, reverse appliquéd and quilted with minuscule stitches. There are stars quilted in the raspberry pink center and around the center of the Hawaiian block. The 24 inch square blocks have an apx 2-1/2 inches of sashing around the blocks creating a visual of 4 separate blocks. The white areas around the appliqué have cross hatched stitching and the each appliqué piece has been outline quilted.

On opposite sides of the quilt the border white is 7-1/4 inches. Nine inch white borders make up the two opposing sides. The front is turned over to the back and stitched by hand for a finished binding. Turned over bindings were often used in Pennsylvania. The backing is a heavy duty cotton almost giving the appearance of linen. In apparently unused condition and now hand washed by Betsey, she is ready for a new home.



Hawaiian Applique Quilt
CON GG6 Hawaiian Applique Quilt
1920-30
75 x 76 (190.5 x 193 cm)
Hawaii
SOLD

The usual method of creating the applique design of a Hawaiian quilt was to fold one large square of fabric into eighths, with the last fold forming a triangle. The border was cut first; then the center motif was cut from the remaining fabric. Sometimes paper patterns were used, but often the designs were cut freehand. The cutouts were then unfolded, pinned to the background fabric, and appliqued into place with fine, tiny stitches. The hand quilting was typically echo outlining of the organic applique shape.

This gorgeous Hawaiian applique quilt in excellent condition showcases the quilter's choice of intricate and delicate foliage and yellow blooms for her naturalistic design - an early theme in Hawaiian applique quilts. Hawaiian women drew upon their garden for many of their designs, using actual leaves and ferns as patterns. Solid medium green and yellow cottons combine for a stunning presentation.

Wonderful echo outline quilting follows the organic shape of the design throughout. Hand applique stitches are fine and the pattern is intricately cut. The backing is white cotton and the 3/8 inch applied binding is the same soft yellow found on the blooms and shows a bit of wear on the fold. Professionally hand washed by Betsey this quilt is being sold on behalf of a private collector. This quilt is available to ship to you on approval for private viewing.

Hawaiian Applique Quilt in Green & White
Please view the detail photos (click image above) for more accurate colors.
CON GG4 Hawaiian Applique in Green & White
c.1950
94 x 94
Hawaii
$4,900

Missionaries from New England brought patchwork quilting, reflecting their own learned style and techniques, to the Hawaiian Islands in the 1820's. Fabric scraps, flour sacks, and feed sacks the missionaries brought with them were distributed to Hawaiian women for use in their quilting bees. But Hawaiian clothing, cut straight and full, did not lend itself to scraps for saving to make quilts. Cutting new yardage into little scraps to sew back together into a quilt seemed futile and a wasted effort. It was a natural progression for these creative, artistic women to develop patterns of their own. Drawing on Hawaiian culture their quilt making became more individualistic and a reflection of their lives, history, and natural surroundings. Hawaiian women developed their own technique of cutting designs out of a large piece of folded fabric (similar technique to cutting out paper snowflakes), sometimes using a paper pattern of their creation, other times the designs were cut freehand. The cut fabric was then basted onto the background fabric, appliqued using tiny stitches, and hand quilted following the outline of their design.

This gorgeous Hawaiian quilt was created using the most commonly used style; a square design with either a broken or unbroken border, cut from fabric folded diaper-wise, eightfold. Once the border was cut the remaining large center piece was similarly cut folded to create the center medallion. Solid leaf green on a slightly off white ground, this intricate pattern's name is unknown, however it is similar to the 'Lei Mamo' pattern - the feather of the mamo bird favored by Hawaiian royalty. Graceful and quite elegant, this is a lovely example of the classic Hawaiian quilt.

Applique stitches are tiny and the hand quilting is executed beautifully in the traditional echo outlining of the design. The applied half inch binding is the same medium leaf green used for the interior design. The backing is the same off white used for the front. For sale on behalf of a private collector, this wonderful Hawaiian applique quilt can be sent to you on approval for private viewing.

Hawaiian Flag Quilt 'Ku'U Hae Aloha' (My Beloved Flag)
CON GG3 Hawaiian Flag Quilt 'Ku'U Hae Aloha' (My Beloved Flag)
c.1905
81 x 81 (205.7 x 205.7 cm)
SOLD

The most loved design among the Hawaiian people is Ku'u Hae Aloha (My Beloved Flag). Upon abdication of the Queen in 1895 and consequent lowering of their flag many of the Hawaiian people feared that they would not again be permitted to fly the emblem of their kingdom. They turned to the quilt as a means of perpetuating the flag and the coat-of-arms. The result was My Beloved Flag, a design held so sacred as never to be put to everyday use.

This wonderful example of the Royal Hawaiian Quilt is in excellent condition and is accompanied by family history to be passed on to the buyer. Comprised of vibrant solid red, blue and white cottons. The flags are each treadle machine pieced with white piping and treadle machine topstitching of the Union Jack in each canton. Extremely fine hand applique stitching was executed on the coat-of-arms and Hawaiian lettering below. The phrase translates to "The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness" .

Hand quilted with cross hatch stitching in the white ground and outline and parallel line stitching in the flags. The backing is a loose weave white cotton, and the applied 3/8 inch binding is the same solid blue as the flags' stripes.

As a fascinating piece of history, as well as tremendous graphic textile art, this quilt is an American treasure. Please call Betsey with any questions or to express interest in this quilt being sold on behalf of a private collector.

Rocky Mountain Quilts Shop Hours

Rocky Mountain Quilts hours:

OPEN YEAR ROUND!

WINTER Hours:
(Nov 1 to Apr 30)
Monday-Saturday 10-4
Sunday by chance or appointment

SUMMER Hours:
(May 1 to Oct 31)
Monday-Saturday 10-5
Sunday 12-5

We are also available by appointment

Payment Methods:

Rocky Mountain Quilts gladly accepts cash, checks, Visa, Master Card and American Express. Bank wire transfers are an easy method of payment for both domestic and international sales. If you are traveling, we will be happy to ship your purchases via FedEx at your convenience.

Contact Us

Telephone - for orders or questions -
1-207-363-6800
Email - betsey@rockymountainquilts.com
Shipping FedEx address -
130 York Street
York, Maine 03909

Link To Top Of Quilts