Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Mahamoku House Quilt Exhibit

I'm continuing the Hanalei Quilt Week with a tour of the Mahamoku House built in 1914 by Mabel Wilcox.    When you first enter the door a table with quilt top displays biographies of five island quilters. Quilts displayed in main living room.
Poinsettia quilt displayed on punee (sleeping bench) that circles the living room. This quilt is quilted using  geometric squares instead of the traditional echo quilting like most Hawaiian quilts.  Many unfinished quilt tops were also displayed.

May 9th this quilt with be part of the special workshop seminar on washing delicate quilts.  My favorite quilt is this Pua Nana La (sunflower quilt). Close up of stipple quilting inside flower.  A close up of echo or wave quilting on sunflower quilt. A beautiful green and white Mokihana quilt. Mokihana is the traditional lei material of Kauai.  I would like to thank the Grove Farm Museum for organizing this lovely & educational exhibit of the Wilcox quilts so sad it lasts only one week.  I very much enjoyed sitting on the lanai (porch) at the Mahamoku House with the ocean breezes dancing on the hand stitched waves of the Hawaiian quilts.  The Grove Farm Museum & Wailoi Mission House are open year around for tours. 
Aloha from the Mahamoku House Quilt exhibit.  

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Wilcox Quilt Exhibit in Hanalei

It's a special week in Hanalei, May 2nd thru 9th the Grove Farm Museum is sharing the Wilcox quilts with the community in the wonderful settings of Waioli Mission House & Makamoku Museums.  If you can't attend, here are some images I'd like to share with you.  First stop the Waioli Mission House built in 1836 by Abner & Lucy Wilcox.
Take off your shoes, you are in Hawaii after all and step in the front door.

You are tempted to sit a spell in the parlor and have a cup of tea, but there are quilts to see. 
 Here's an Album quilt made by church members in 1851 from Norfolk, Connecticut and sent to Abner & Lucy Wilcox as a sentimental gesture.
A Cox's Comb quilt, I just love seeing quilts displayed on period furniture.  The mosquito net reminds you that you are in the tropics and not in New England.

A blue & white drunkard's path quilt

Hawaiian tapa on top of New England woven coverlet. There are many more quilts in the collection and 
the book entitled The Wilcox Quilts in Hawaii documents the history of the quilts in greater detail.
Tomorrow, I will share my pictures of the Hawaiian quilts from Mahamoku. Aloha