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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 also was 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!


Tell them Mary Moody-Cox from Hawaii sent you!!!

Thank you for stopping by

Please note that this website will be discontinued in March of 2024.  I will be closing my site due to unforeseen changes in my life.  If you are interested in my patterns, or Batik fabric, please feel free to reach out and inquire as to what patterns and fabric that is available.  I can be reached via my email address: 

Thank you and keep on quilting.

Designs by Mary of Hawaii was 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.  I also created unique applique patterns from photographs; such as the Surfing Duo, Scenes of the Big Island, and a series of Modern Prairie Designs reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright also known as Craftsman style.  I was introduced to "stained glass" type designs by a dear friend and fellow 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 islands.

After 18 years of living on the big island, four 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 "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 local quilt shops in the Southern California area. 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 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 is printed by Hoffman Fabrics of California.  It is available only through select quilt shops on the Big Island or you can order it via an email message to me.  

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. Some, but not all, shell-back designs have also been laser cut so it's super easy to create the "two-4-ers".  

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 from the Desert Southwest, using fabric from Island Batik and other companies.  Watch for details


Piece through Quilting

Prairie Style Revisited Runner

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 CM17 Embroidery Machine, and a Gammill Optimum, 30" throat, longarm.

Fabric Companies that I order my fabric from.

Machine quilting the tribal manta ray

My Studio

My studio 343 Nesting Bird.jpg

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 12' long Gammill with a 30" throat and now has a Qbot for computerize quilting!  Love her!

My new home ~ Southern California Area

I am a member of several 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 teach lots of different classes, with Piecing Basics 101 being my all time favorite as well as Free Motion Quilting.

In addition to my teaching schedules, designing and writing patterns, I am also in charge of the Quilting Enthusiast where I live in Four Seasons, Beaumont California.  Since I took over the leadership we have hosted two AMAZING quilt shows.  The last one was breath taking and I hope to post pictures soon. 

machine applique turtle honu applique designs

Tribal Manta Ray


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