Quilting in Hawaii may be a dream come true for some of the 21 million American quilters who use the internet, their GPS or quilt shop locator apps to plan sightseeing trips around local quilt shops.
On the Big Island, there’s an easier way to satisfy quilt cravings, thanks to the 5th Annual Quilt Shop Hop (Feb. 1-23).
Eight different quilt shops island-wide are included in the Shop Hop circuit, each with their own personality and style — from the sunny resort area of Kailua-Kona, to lush tropics of Volcano and Pahala, charming Hilo town, and the green rolling hills of Waimea.
Along the way, shop-hoppers can have their “passport” stamped, to be eligible for prize drawings, and pick up a unique quilt block pattern to create their own 2013 Shop Hop quilt.
The 2013 Shop Hop quilt theme features the unique flora and fauna of Hawaii, with bright tropical flowers, everyone’s favorite honu (sea turtle), dolphins, Nene goose, and the native Iiwi bird. The quilt block patterns are free, or available for purchase with fabric as a kit.
This year’s event also includes a new, custom “Big Island” fabric, designed by Shop Hop organizer Mary Moody Cox, available only from participating shops on the circuit.
The vivid aloha-style 100 percent cotton print is covered with colorful island images from the mountains to the sea: waterfalls, volcano, birds, flowers, plants, petroglyphs, dolphins and more.
Maps and passports can be picked up at each location, and “shop-hoppers” can start their tour at any of the venues along the route, or sign up for a scheduled bus tour.
The first bus trip, Feb. 2, visits “paniolo country” for the 20th Annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival, and the Hawaiian Quilt Show presented by Ka Hui Kapa Apana O Waimea.
For information, email MaryMoodyCox@earthlink.net or call (808) 961-1100.
* Kona to Waimea (Cherry Blossom Festival and Hawaiian Quilt Show): Saturday, Feb. 2 – contact Karen Barry at Quilt Passions, 329-7475.
* Pahala to Hilo: Thursday Feb. 7 – contact Donna at Pahala Quilting, 238-0505.
* Pahala to Waimea & Kona: Tuesday, Feb. 12 – contact Donna at Pahala Quilting, 238-0505.
* Kona to Hilo: Saturday, Feb. 9 – contact Karen Barry at Quilt Passions, 329-7475.
* Hilo to Kona: Saturday, Feb. 16 – contact Mary Moody-Cox at Kilauea Kreations II, 961-1100.
Shop Hop circuit:
* Pahala Quilting and Creative Sewing Center
96-3196 Maile St., Pahala. 238-0505
* Kilauea Kreations I
19-3972 Volcano Rd., Volcano. 967-8090
* Kilauea Kreations II
680 Manono St., Hilo. 961-1100
* The Fabric Workshop
1348 Kilauea Ave., Hilo. 933-1010
* Fabric Impressions
206 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo. 961-4468
New location in Waimea Center: 65-1158 Mamalahoa Highway, Kamuela, 885-4482
* The Fabric Gift Shop
74-5599 Luhia St., D-5, Kailua-Kona. 329-8177
* Quilt Passions and Needlework Shop
75-5626 Kuakini Hwy., Kailua-Kona. 329-7475