This version of our Woodland Lei pattern successfully maintains the integrity of the total design because both the greens and the brown are similar in value, and are in strong contrast to the dark background. This quilt was created by Margaret Davis. The same is true with the unfinished Lilikoi Hawaiian quilt above. In both cases the entire design holds together without confusion.
Yes, it is true, the use of a single applique fabric is one of the major identifying characteristics of typical Hawaiian quilts. But, there are many different creative options from there. Where will you take your Hawaiian quilt in this evolving tradition?
How To: Here is one easy way to replace leaves or blossoms with another fabric: Cut the entire design from a single fabric and lay it out on the background fabric in the usual way; use the paper pattern to cut the flowers (or other elements) from a different fabric; cut away the original flower or element and use it as a placement guide to position the differently colored piece in its place.