Mount Kilauea & lonely trees

Works in progress (WIP). It’s all about the journey, right? And memories created in the process.

This week’s post is about two WIPs – totally unrelated, and yet they feel connected.

One goes back 2 years. At the time I wanted to try some curved piecing but it seemed incomplete after it was put together. alone3

I decided this quilt might work better as a background than a simple wall quilt.. Whatever I put on it would have to be simple but visually strong, and I used this lake scene as my inspiration.


The blocks were arranged in similar sections with a sunset sky (upper section), water (center), rock and greenery (lower bottom and right). We carry everything in to our cottage on a short but fairly rugged path and walk around this tree on every trip. It has fascinated me for the last 20 years. Other trees grow up between the rocks until a strong wind comes in and blows them over. But this one still stands. Crows and Eagles love it.

On the background, I decided to quilt the sections to simulate what they were intended to by with some Ruler-Guided FMQ. You can’t really see it from the front but the sections are more evident from the back. alone1

This project has been a WIP for nearly two years and the spot where it will hang on the wall is still bare. All that it needed was the embellishments – A felted tree, felted rock and plants. This week I got out the wool supplies …  alone5

and ended up with this…   alone4

Now to figure out how to get it looking a little like the picture.

Another project I worked on for the last two weekends at the lake was Dance of the Dragonflies by JoAnn Hoffman.dragonfly

I have not carried my sewing machine out to the cottage yet for the season, so I have to be strategic in the projects I pick to work on. With no piecing involved, this one was perfect. The Supernova fabric panel for Dance of the Drangonflies was purchased in Volcano Village at Mount Kilauea and the pattern was purchased in Hilo during our Shop Hop. 

What I love about quilting is that memories are accumulated for every piece. Start to finish may be years, as in the first piece, or it may be simply months as in the second piece. Memories may take you back to where the fabric was purchased. Maybe some special people were involved. Or struggles with the design process.

Every day there are news clips of the Mount Kilauea eruptions. I have walked around that volcano, have walked up to the lava flows, and have seen the destruction in its path. Some trees survive in the most unlikely places, and others don’t.

As I work, and in the future every time I look at this dragonfly wall hanging, I will think about the quaint little quilt shop in Volcano Village, and the quilt store in Hilo. I will wonder how they have been affected by these events and offer a prayer on their behalf.

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7 Responses to Mount Kilauea & lonely trees

  1. Marnie says:

    Great story and I now understand more about the tree landscape scene. You’ll have to get into more detail about the dragonfly project. I’ve been hesitating getting that pattern for 2 years now since I first saw it.

    • The dragonfly pattern is very easy, just lots of tracing and cutting. The challenge is making decisions on colours but even there I don’t think you can go wrong. Good scrap buster if you have batiks.

  2. Kate says:

    I had to smile when I saw that you purchased your supernova panel in Hawaii. I ordered two of the panels from a shop in Alberta, when a friend wanted to make the dragonfly quilt.

  3. Sheryl says:

    This post is beautifully written. I like how you contextualized the memories that become a part of a quilting or other needlework project. A couple years ago I completed a needlepoint picture that I began when my oldest son was an infant. I used to think that I was really slow finishing that project. I now realize that I have memories of several different eras of my life embedded in that piece of needlework.

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