I just finished reading The Aloha Quilt, most recent book in the Elm Creek Quilts series.
It was about two best friends starting a quilt camp in Maui. One was going through a life changing divorce and needing to start her life over, while the other was happily married and the owner of a quilt shop and a Bed & Breakfast inn. Throughout the book there was a great deal of the history of
Hawaiian culture as well as Hawaiian quilting. Surprisingly, there was good instruction on making a traditional Hawaiian quilt. I an ready to create my own.
As I was enjoying reading the book, I could almost visualize the beauty of the Islands, it makes me ready to take a trip. Not going to happen anytime soon, but that's ok. My sister Barbara has a love for Hawaii and after reading this story I have decided that Barbara should make a trip to the islands.
Barbara has reconnected with old friends still living on the islands. She seems to find pictures and stories with a touch of the islands. She has always like bright colors in everything. Barbara says she is afraid of flying but I don't think that is enough of a reason NOT to visit a place she holds so dear to her heart. Life is to short not to live it to the fullest even if that means you might be a bit scared!
I really have enjoyed reading quilting stories from the Elm Creek Series as they take me to different times and places in history. Right now I am reading The Lost Quilter about a runaway slave and the underground railroad.
I purchased the Eleanor Burns quilting book The Underground Railroad Patterns. I hope to make a small wall quilt using the civil war historic blocks. I am looking forward to finding the right book on Hawaiian quilting techniques.