November 12, 2010


Last month I had the privilege of taking a class in Hawaiian appliqué from Maui resident Keri Duke.

Keri was here for Pacific International Quilt Festival and came a week early to give a workshop for our guild. She’s snorkeling buddies with our program chair Tracey Brookshier so yay for us!

It was a beautiful day and a great location for a workshop. We were making a traditional breadfruit (ulu) appliqué. As Keri told us, this is usually the first pattern made by a quilter because it is supposed to bring fruitfulness and good luck in life.


Cutting out the motif, folded in eighths.

Cutting out the motif, folded in eighths.


My big basting stitches. I was the first one done basting; some spent the whole morning just basting, using little bitty precise running stitches instead of big honking toenail catchers. Not necessary, gals. Just throw ’em in there.


Some of the class members chose other colors for their projects.


It looks good any which way you do it.

After the entire dark-green leaf motif was basted, we did traditional needle-turn hand appliqué. I’m a fast stitcher (well, you know, it isn’t my first rodeo) and I had my block all done for Show & Tell at quilt guild the next night. This type of Hawaiian appliqué is about the most fun, I think. Once you get it all prepped, you just sit and stitch and stitch to your heart’s content.

uluMy Ulu.

The following week was PIQF.


The crowd waiting to get in on Thursday morning.

Once I made it inside the doors, I chatted with Keri in her Keri Designs booth, and I was delighted to learn that she and another quilter had curated a special “Colors of Maui” exhibit for the show!


hibiscusThis hibiscus was my favorite entry, and come to find out, it was Keri’s!


If you’d like to go on a tropical tour of the Colors of Maui, there’s a lovely slideshow posted over at The Quilt Show. Enjoy!

By Kay Mackenzie


7 Responses to “A Hawaiian workshop”

  1. Violette on November 13th, 2010 5:10 pm

    I love hawaiian quilting so I know you had a blast in the class. I have never seen the breadfruit pattern with the fruit on it. This is a unique pattern.

  2. Mary Ann on November 14th, 2010 8:42 am

    Natalie sent me…lol. Thanks for the video. I started one many years ago and I may get it out as a winter project. I sure love this pattern though and maybe I need a “do over”

  3. Bonnie on November 14th, 2010 9:56 am

    Thanks for this post, I love it. I was lucky enough to take a class in Hawiaii on Hawaiian applique.

  4. Linda on April 23rd, 2011 6:37 am

    Where can we find this pattern? I have seen breadfruit patterns before but this one is much prettier then the ones I have seen previously.

  5. Kay on April 23rd, 2011 6:53 am

    Hi Linda! Just click on Keri’s name at the beginning of the post and you’ll go to her website. The pattern is in the pillow section.


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  7. Judee on November 18th, 2012 9:46 am

    So great!…going to start this Hawaiian appliqué …and when I was in Kauai, I took the same exact photo of Wailua Falls. Blew it up and framed it and it hung on my walls until a few months ago when we sold our home and moved to a much smaller place. wuld love to go back there permanently. OH, Life is so short.