Quilting on the Beach 2018

Quilting is why we go. Getting away from snow, wind and temperatures of -25 is a bonus. DH comes with me. I tell him it is the perk of being married to a quilter.

Planes. Carts. Snow blowers. Graders. Emergency vehicles. A little rabbit hopping out of danger across the runway. That was the view outside as we waited far too many hours in the more than one airport.

Inside, I looked past the chairs, children and frustrated adults and searched for items of interest. Billboards (potential quilting lines?)… travels1

Carpets (see some familiar quilting stitches?)…


Upholstery (wouldn’t that be a nice quilt pattern?)… travels2

We arrived on the Big Island of Hawaii a day late, but ready for our Quilting on the Beach adventure and what an adventure it was.

Robert, Karen and the Staff at Quilt Passions organized a supurb week of classes and activities for approximately 150 people from places as far away as Australia, New Zealand, Alaska, Canada and Continental USA. This was their 9th year and I was amazed at how much effort they put into it. Everything from Welcome packages, receptions, excursions, dinners, tours and of course, the classes.

For us, it started on Saturday with a Big Island Quilt Shop Hop followed by a welcome reception. The reception really was outdoors, and on the beach in front of the King Kamehameha Beach Hotel. reception

After a nice range of pupus (Hawaiian appetizers), we met the teachers and then Quilting on the Beach 2018 was officially launched with a traditional Hawaiian blessing, after which we were entertained with Hawaiian dance by children.

The week ended with an open invitation to a small local quilt show. The theme was ‘Something Fishy’. Here are a few pictures of their creativity:



Stay with me for the next few weeks as I share some of my experiences between the beginning and the end of the week.


About Judy's Quilting Studio

Creator of all things quilted; minimalist in everything except fabric!
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6 Responses to Quilting on the Beach 2018

  1. Noella Grenier says:

    Can hardly wait for the next episode.

  2. Marnie says:

    Wow, I would love to go to a place like Hawaii for classes like that. Amazing…..you are blessed!

  3. Marilyn Fontaine says:

    Sounds like a fun place to quilt. I am on my way to Osoyoos B.C and am hand piecing in the car. We will see how many squares I will get done in the month I am away. Looking forward to seeing more of your pictures.

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