Category Archives: Sewing and hand work

Hawaiian Quilt


Hawaiian Quilt Pillow

Quite a few years ago, Kevin’s mother gave me a kit for a Hawaiian quilt pillow that she had picked up in Hawaii.  It had to be at least 10-15 years old at the time.  It was my “boat project” that I worked on when we were hanging on the hook or sitting at the mooring.  Because I was only working on it a few days a year, it was taking too long to finish.  I decided I needed to ‘get it done’ so I could move on to other projects.

I like Hawaiian Quilting.  It is definitely different than the crewel, cross-stitch, and needlepoint I have done in the past.  Some day maybe I will design and make another one.

I finally finished it about a week ago.  Now I need to figure out what to do with it.  Maybe it will go on Autumn Dream, though I already have an assignment to make a leather bolster pillow for her, and I don’t want to have “too many” pillows crowding the main salon.

Last week I picked up a knitting magazine, and that inspired me to dig out some patterns and my crochet hooks.  I bought some yarn the other day, and I am working on a cap-sleeve sweater.  I’ll share when it is finished.


Sewing Projects

Some of the people we met recently asked what do you do to fill your time, being retired…  We don’t seem to run out of things to do, and are not bored by any means.  Over the last few months, I have been doing a few sewing projects when the muse strikes.

Before we headed down to Florida and South Carolina, I wanted to make a present for Renee and Joe.  Here are the photos of the finished Sunbrella pillow.  It’s embroidered with an octopus, and I used some antique buttons from Kevin’s mother’s collection.

I experimented with my embroidery machine, to see how it would work on leather.  After I embroidered a Chinese dragon, I wanted to do something with it, so I made this “hobo-style” leather bag.


leather embroidered bag

Kevin wanted me to make some new leather head rest cushions for our car.  We were using some old ones that I originally made for our 2002 ‘new beetle’, but they were really faded and the pigskin was starting to crack.  These are nice and soft with memory foam.  The only bad thing about memory foam cushions is in the winter time, when they are as hard as a rock until the car warms up.  We are hoping that we would escape New England by winter, but so far the house is still not sold…


leather head rest cushions