It was believed by Hawaiian quilters in the past that if you put fish, animals or birds on a quilt that anyone sleeping under the quilt would have a restless night's sleep. Further, if you gave such a quilt to a child it would cause that child to be restless and a wanderer in life, never settling down. No quilter would want her child to wander away or be a drifter.
So why do you see many Hawaiian quilts today with fish, animals and birds? Why did we design a pattern with sea turtles and dolphins? First, this is a wall quilt. No one will be sleeping under it, so the risk of creating a restless spirit is minimized. Second, we designed this quilt as a tribute to two beloved species once common in Hawaiian waters, but today endangered. It is such a thrill to catch a glimpse of a sea turtle, or swim with the dolphins. Kids and adults all smile with the memories and images of turtles and dolphins. We just could not resist!
To follow along, step-by-step, with Nancy as you make your Hawaiian Quilt check out our DVD "Hawaiian Quilting with Nancy Lee Chong".