Besides being the Big Island Shop Hop Coordinator for over 7 years, I have been published in Fons and Porter Love of Quilting**, October 2008 issue, featuring my unfinished quilt "River through the old iron gate." I have also been honored by being the "State Coordinator" for the Row by Row Experience**, a nationwide shop hop for three years.

**Copyrighted Trademark.


machine applique turtle honu applique designs

Quilt Folk is an awesome "coffee table" type book/magazine.  If you get a chance, try to purchase Issue 3, Hawaii. I was honored to be included in that issue!  Check it out today as it's all about Quilters on the Big Island, Hawai'i!


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My favorite sewing machine is my Janome 9400. I also have a Huskylock 5 thread serger for garment making; a much loved 1946 Featherweight; and a  Janome 15000 Embroidery Machine, and a Gammill Optimum, 30" throat, longarm.

Fabric Companies that I order all my fabric from.






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Designs by Mary of Hawaii were created several years ago due to various requests for unique Hawaiian-type, machine applique designs using the shape of the swimming sea turtles (Honu), with scenes reminiscent of the big island, that being the unique shell-backs created by using negative space and keeping the "positive" for a secondary design. I produce my turtle (Honu ~ the Hawaiian name) designs so that they are "uniquely tropical, with a Hawaiian flair".  Over time I added my ideas for tribal designs and modified petroglyphs.   also created unique applique patterns from photographs; such as the Surfing Duo, a series of Modern Prairie Designs reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright.  I was introduced to "stained glass" type designs by a dear friend and quilt artist.  This newfound technique opened up a new series of Hawaiian Tropical Stained Glass Flower patterns, again based on photographs that I took around the island.

After 18 years of living on the big island, two years ago, 2019, my husband and I relocated to Southern California.  We are now living in the "high desert".  Since I am originally from Tucson Arizona, I consider myself a "desert rat", and I have been taking lots of cactus flower pictures and southwest scenes.  My next/new "stained glass" designs will be based on the beautiful Cactus flowers found blooming in Arizona and California as well as the amazing wildflowers. I also have a series of Hawks, native to the desert areas that are in the design phase.  So watch for announcements. 

As if I'm not busy enough I teach at a local quilt shop in Southern California area, Shabby Rose Quilting Cottage and Sewing Center in Yucaipa California. I love to travel and was fortunate enough to be invited to teach at a week-long retreat in Israel, in 2018,  by the Israeli Quilt Guild.  It was an honor and a privilege to do so. I had an amazing time and met several amazing quilt artists.


I always welcome ideas, comments, and suggestions on what I can do to make my patterns easier to understand or add suggested quilting or thread work ideas. I am more than happy to help!  Please feel free to contact me with your request. No request is too large or too small and "No, I am not offended with anyone's suggestions."


I can proudly say that I worked with Quilt Passions on the Kailua-Kona side of the Big Island, in designing fabric unique to the Big Island of Hawaii. It is called the Scenes of the Big Island, it wsa printed by Hoffman Fabrics of California.  It is available only through select quilt shops on the Big Island or you can order it "right here"

I now have several of my patterns available as "laser cut kits".  That means the fabric is attached to the fusible web and "cut-out" ready to fuse to the background fabric of your choice. The shell-backs have also been laser cut so it's super easy to create the "two-4-ers".  When looking at the pattern orders check to see if your favorite one is available as "pre-fused" laser cut.  It's quick, easy and fun!

Enjoy the adventure, my adventure as I continue to design and create a new series of southwest designs (using the turtle), cactus flowers, and scenes of the Desert Southwest.


Piece through Quilting

Prairie Style Revisited Runner
Machine quilting the tribal manta ray

My Studio

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Here is a "partial picture" of my "personal" stash!  It's all neatly folded by types, batiks in one area, southwest in another, then reds, oriental, and so forth. I still have a few shelves that are not loaded. I keep "the Store" and fabric that I use for designing my patterns, on the floor on bolts below my "stash"!  So I have lots of fabric. The grey fabric that is hanging, is one of my three "flannel walls" with various quilts in various stages of designs and completion. In front of that is my "Millie", she is a new addition to my studio. Millie is a 12foot long Gammill with a 30" throat.  Love her!

My new home ~ Southern California Area

I am a member of four different quilt guilds in the area. There are over 103 different quilt guilds in the Southern California region as well as lots of wonderful quilt shops. I am a member of the SAQA art quilt group and MQC (The Modern Quilting Club). I teach lots of different classes, with Piecing Basics 101 being my all time favorite as well as Free Motion Quilting, at Shabby Rose Quilting Cottage and Sewing Center in Yucaipa California.  Check out their website for their class schedules.


machine applique turtle honu applique designs

Tribal Manta Ray


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