Monochromatic Thread Challenge

Each year, the guild puts on a challenge to members that the results are displayed at our annual show.  This year I volunteered to be in charge of it.

The challenge rules that I came up with were these:

1.  Each participant must buy a spool of King Tut Threads by Superior (these were generously provided by Superior at a reduced cost – Thank you for making the challenge possible!).  They were randomly given to participants; basically, I stuck them in a box and pulled a thread spool and handed it to the person – no choice was given – what color they got was what color their quilt was to be. 

2.  The perimeter could be no less than 36” and no more than 60” – but it could be any shape they wanted.  They could also use any technique to construct their quilt.

3.  The quilt had to be monochromatic based on the thread they pulled.  They could not use white, black, grey, or cream (unless their color NATURUALLY went to those colors – ie: brown goes to cream).  They also had to use at least 50% of their quilting had to be done with the thread provided.

Forty-seven purchased thread to try the challenge and twenty-one completed the challenge

At the guild meeting preceding the quilt show opening, members were allowed to vote for their top three choices.  The votes were then tallied and ribbons were given to the top three.

Here are the entries and winners:


Sharon Nakasone – The Blue, Blue Sea – Color 1031 – First Place Winner


Lily Kamikihara – Green Fun – Color # 1008 – Third Place Winner – President’s Choice Winner


Sue Larson – Exploring Textures in Taupe – Color #974 – 3rd Place Winner


Jean Harr –Dreaming – Color #1021


Jo Malmstrom-Okita – 973 – Color #973


Sally Bartholomew – Blue – Color #1030


Barbara Vasold – Misty Mountains – Color #1023


Beverly Powell – Challenge Quilt – Color #1004


Lorraine Tokuyama – Magma Gone Amuck – Color #1001


Dawn Peerson – Under the Sea – Color #1032


John Haushalter – Paradise in Crush – Color #1014


Ellen Owens – Wrinkled Whelk – Color #1015



Richard Jones – Paradise in Golden Glow – Color #1013


Rowena Bellando – Lone Palm – Color #1007


Susan Haushalter – Tear of Envy – Color 1009


Mary Ann Jones – Celestial – Color #1020


Barbar Joy – The Bud –  Color #1005


Donna Kanealii – Welcome – Color #1011


Mona Bonbright – Rosie Rosie – Color #1018


Tahmi Brodhead – Tutu – Color #1022


Charlotte Szarmes – Crazy Cranberries – Color #1000

Welcome to the 2013 Annual HQG Show!


Welcome!  I hope you are enjoying all the wonderful entries for the Hawaii Quilt Guild’s annual show.  There are some truly amazing artists in the guild!!

Here are links to view more information about my entries to the show.  There are links to additional photos and stories for most of the quilts shown.  You can also peruse more of my projects by clicking on the above link, “Projects”.

12 Days of Summer

Pattern:  12 Days of Christmas by Temecula Quilt Co.
Size:  14″ x 17.5″
Methods of Construction:  Machine Piecing, Machine Quilting.
Fabrics used:  Prairie Paisley II by Minick and Simpson for Moda Fabrics

Completed January 2012

This quilt, offered by Temecula Quilt Co. on their blog as a free Block of the Day mystery, was very fun to make.  I was able to use one charm pack for the quilt.

As each block was presented, the number of the day corresponded to the number of patches in the block. So block one has one patch and block twelve has twelve patches.  I took the pattern one step further – there are no repeating fabrics in the quilt blocks – each block has completely different fabrics.

I did not set the quilt blocks according to the pattern.  Since there were so many quilts in blog-land with the same pattern, I wanted to set it in an original setting.  In the end, I chose a simple 3 x 4 layout with sashing.  The border is ½” finished squares.

This was a fun quilt to make and I looked forward to the new pattern each day to see what the mystery quilt would turn out to be.



Pattern:  Pineapple Tidbits by Buggy Barn
Size:  53” x 57”
Methods of Construction:  Machine Piecing, Machine Quilting.
Fabrics used:  hand dyed fabrics

Completed November 2010

In September 2010, I took a class offered by the guild to learn how to hand dye fabrics taught by Joan Santoro.  I had a lot of fun in the class.  While taking the class, I talked to my friend JoAnne that I had always wanted to make the pattern Pineapple Tidbits by The Buggy Barn, and had always thought that hand-dyes would make it beautiful.  She agreed and we decided to both make the quilt and dye our own fabrics to make it.

I dyed the greens, oranges, and backing for the quilt in October.  JoAnn and I then met to make the quilt.  I completed the top in November 2010.  It did not take long for me to complete the quilt after the top was done – less than a month.  I showed the quilt in the 2011 Hawaii Quilt Guild Show.

It remains one of my favorite quilts.  I have reduced the pattern size to make a smaller sized block for when I need an “Aloha” quilt block for someone leaving the island.



Pattern:  Charming by Anka’s Treasures
Size: 26″ x 32″    
Methods of Construction:  Machine Applique, Machine Quilting.
Fabrics used:  various scrap fabrics

Completed July 2009

This little quilt was made with scrap fabrics from my stash.  The pattern was offered for free on a blog.  I thought it was a very darling quilt.  I had always loved the look of applique, but was too scared to try it.  For this quilt I tried machine applique.  This quilt was also some of my first free-motion machine quilting.

This quilt represents a growth of skills.  Some of these skills I would have never tried without the inspiration of others.  I also did something with this quilt I had never done before; I made it entirely out of scraps.

I have had this quilt hanging in my living room since it was completed several years ago.  I had not planned on it hanging in the show (the reason it is not in the program), but I had accidentally included it in with my quilts that I brought to the show to hang.  Wendy, the chair of the show, said it should be in there, so it is!