is an idea that developed out of a need for peace, calm and optimism in the midst of a tumultuous time in my life. I was looking for a creative project that was positive and life affirming at that point, and eventually decided to make a hand pieced patchwork quilt to be given as a gift to myself and my future husband, Michael when we wed the following summer. It was a truly cleansing experience that opened up an entire new world for me.

An interesting combination of factors led to my love affair with Hawaiian quilts, which began soon after. I had long driven various friends and aquaintances crazy playing old 78 rpm Hawaiian records full blast on my Victrola gramophone ("My Little Grass Shack in Kealakekua, Hawaii" being among my favorites). This same penchant inspired my first present to Michael when we started dating: a framed piece of sheet music published in 1924, "Hula Hula Dream Girl"!

All of this was preceded by a consistent attraction to texture, balanced spaces and patterns throughout my life, all of which have been reflected from the beginning in my photographic style, among other things:

So when the bold, contrasting colors and beautiful designs of Hawaiian quilts came to my attention, they struck a chord within my creative self on many levels. I was instantly reminded of the doodlings and cutouts I used to make spontaneously as a child, and of the flower wreaths that were such a pleasant part of my Latvian upbringing:

Quilting in the Hawaiian style seemed to naturally contain the spirit of joy and fun that filled those former activities in my life, and my great hope in starting this company is that others may share some of the happiness I have known in my many hours of quilting pleasure.



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