I created Designs by Mary of Hawaii, several years ago in response to requests for unique Hawaiian type machine applique designs and turtles (Honu). I produced several small patterns that the quilter could take home as a memory of their trip to Hawai'i. I continue to produce my turtle (Honu ~ the Hawaiian name) designs so that they are "uniquely tropical, with a Hawaiian flair". Some tribal designs and petroglyphs have been included. I also design unique applique patterns from photographs; such as the Surfing Duo, and a series of Modern Prairie Designs with the look of Frank Lloyd Wright.
I have very special friends who do the "editing" of the instructions so that you receive the highest level of instructions on the market. I say that with pride, as a former technical writer for IBM. As a technical writer and quilter I find it frustrating when I pickup a pattern and have trouble following directions and find that the cutting instructions are not clear, incorrect, or consice; trying techniques I've never tried before; finding mistakes such as missing steps; missing patterns pieces; confusing cutting and labeling instructions and of course typos! Let's just say it isn't easy writing quilting patterns, you have to think like a beginner and one can not assume anything! Thank goodness for editors and quilting friends!
As if I'm not busy enough I teach at various quilt shops in the Southern California area, at various quilt guilds both in Hawaii and soon California. I do travel to teach, and last year I was invited to teach at a week-long retreat in Israel by the Israel Quilt Guild.
I welcome ideas and comments on what I can do to make my patterns easier to understand or if I need to add quilting information or layout designs. 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 Big Island fabric. It is available only through select quilt shops on the island or you can order it "right here". I recently met a wonderful woman who is now doing LASER CUT patterns. I send her my fabric and fusible web (Transweb) and she sends me back beautiful Laser cut patterns; Honu of Hawaii Volume 1, Volume 2, a large Heliconia, Nene (18"x18"), Honu (18"x18"), and the I'iwi (18"x18") are now available as "laser cut kits".
Enjoy the adventure
Piece through Quilting
Prairie Style Revisited Runner
My New Studio
(photo coming soon.)
Tribal Manta Ray
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Besides being the Big Island Shop Hop Cooridiantor for the past 5 years, I was published in Fons and Porter Love of Quilting in October of 2008, featuring my unfinsihed quilt "River through the old iron gate."
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 new Janome 15000 Embroidery Machine Version 2!
I have a huge wall that is 15 feet wide by 10 feet tall that holds my "stash". Because I design for Island Batik and for my business, I order bolts of fabric for kits. If you could "count" the bolts on my floor, I'm thinking that there is about 120+ bolts on the floor! Can you say I am becoming a "mini" quilt shop? You bet! Please order fabric as I have plenty and I carry only 100% cotton Batik. What I make kits with doesn't last long. Before long I might be hiding my fabric in the garage! NOT! hee hee.
Fabric Companies that I Use
Shops where I teach
Quilt Passions, Kailua Kona Hawaii (West Side)
I'm on staff for Quilting on the Beach (registered TM)
Check the site under Quilting on the Beach or Summer Quilt Camp for the latest schedule.
Susan's Quit Paradise in Beaumont California
Redlands Sewing Center and Cotton Gin