Aloha ‘Oe Quilt


I’m excited and a little embarrassed to tell you I finally finished the quilt I was working on for my son’s graduation … I’m calling it “Aloha ‘Oe.”  It’s such a lovely quilt despite it’s simple composition.  I chose the colors of his high school and used aloha shirts that belonged to his dad and grandpa, hand-dyed fabrics from my stash and a pocket from one of my scrubs!  In my mind while I made it, I imagined that he would get some sort of comfort out of having something from back home there in the dorm with him.  Surely if he ever did he would likely keep it to himself, but that’s ok. I know as all mom’s do, every child appreciates gifts, especially one that comes from the heart:)

GayleJanuary 18, 2015 - 5:56 am

This is wonderful!

DianeJanuary 17, 2015 - 5:00 am

Never under estimate simple construction. Your composition is striking. He will love it!

january 15, 2015

is is mid-january already?  Wha?

january 10, 2015

it doesn’t look like much but these days i consider making my own curtains a big accomplishment.

VivienZepfJanuary 15, 2015 - 5:04 pm

I think it looks lovely.

jodiJanuary 13, 2015 - 8:06 am

It’s big to me! They look very nice! Any sewing these days is a big accomplishment, even sewing a button on, which I have yet to tackle, even though all the supplies are sitting right in front of me :-)

january 10, 2015

i could hear it in her voice… she was tired of all this.  something told me coffee ice cream some couch-time was the answer. i was relieved at least for today i had a cure.

Tina ZaffiroJanuary 11, 2015 - 3:18 am

Beautiful picture…oh the colors. You have brightened my day. Spending you BLESSINGS galore…Aloha!!!n

january 04, 2015

is this what 50 looks like?

december 26, 2014

for beauty, for family and for love… I’m thankful.  Mele Kalikimaka!  Cheers!

Tina ZaffiroDecember 27, 2014 - 2:19 am

Love the picture….no idea how you did that that the stars are Amazing!! Happy New year!!

december 17, 2014

I’ve been hearing myself chuckle lately, and it catches me off guard.  For a millisecond I think to myself, “whose that?”

I must be feeling better; my camera is my companion again.

Mary AnnDecember 18, 2014 - 6:16 pm


Cathy BertanzettiDecember 18, 2014 - 12:03 pm


Cathy BertanzettiDecember 18, 2014 - 12:03 pm

Just good…

RuthannDecember 18, 2014 - 8:02 am

I love fields in the sun where you can see the shadow line. We live on the top of a big hill facing south east and oversee a valley and the hill beyond. In the summer we can watch as the sunset strolls across the hillside on the opposite side of the valley. The shadows and color changes as the sun goes down are amazing!

november 06, 2014

Aloha ‘Oe quilt update:

Words cannot describe how pleased I am to be wrapping this one up!  Today I finished the quilting and attached the binding… all that’s left is to tack down the other side and I’m done!  Beyond the simple act of finishing up, and getting my groove back, I think what most pleases me most has to do with the pure goodness of creating this keepsake for our son.  Having a child leave for college is a bittersweet experience; this is what they are supposed to do, yet still, it has a certain sting to it.  Creating this quilt out of my hand-dyed fabrics and old scrubs, and his father’s old aloha shirts gives me comfort in knowing that even though he’s far away, our son will have something from us to keep him company.  He might not appreciate the time and effort I’ve put into this, or the sappy reason why I’m doing it, but that doesn’t matter one bit!  I’m sure you understand.

VivienZepfNovember 13, 2014 - 12:12 pm

He’ll love having is as much as you loved making it.

Kristin LNovember 10, 2014 - 4:22 pm

You’ve made this for all the right reasons and with such love and care. He may not know he appreciates it, but I think deep down he absolutely does. :-)

RumiNovember 8, 2014 - 7:36 am

So sweet! I like how it looks. Good luck to your son in college.

november 4, 2014

Two weeks, a buttery blend of yellow and cream, many restarts and failed attempts, and one hot mess of yarn playfully unraveled by my sweet little dog Bleu, equals this, my first knitting project. It’s supposed to be an 8-hour baby blanket, the pattern from this book, but I think the name is a little deceiving; 8 hours came and went days ago.  It’s not in any way perfect, and I’ve already strayed from the pattern, ahem, but I think I’m gonna be alright.  I can’t really say I’m hooked on knitting, yet I’m beginning to feel that perpetual tug to see it through.  It’s as if this blanket is taunting me… “finish me… finish me.”  So in between piles of laundry, dog walks and long days at work I’m finding myself planted squarely here adding one row at a time.  With the Gilmore girls as my companions, and orange lights casting warmth to this space I can surely say I’ve found my way to sit peacefully as the rainy season begins.

DianeNovember 4, 2014 - 3:15 pm

Hi Robin,

I love the color of your yarn. YOU CAN DO THIS, JUST KEEP PLUGGING AWAY!!! GO FOR IT GIRL!!!!

I will be away for a quilt retreat with my guild for 5 days but will mail you a simple pattern for a dish cloth to learn on when I return. It will be something that you will be able to use and enjoy!!


DianeNovember 4, 2014 - 3:12 pm

Hi Robin,

Love the color of the yarn. YOU CAN DO THIS!!!!!!
Can you hear me cheering you on!!?? GO FOR IT!!

october 12, 2014

i started stitching and something old and familiar came back to me.  i could feel myself relaxing back into this.

(i’d like to thank all you for commenting on my last post.  i’ll be taking a trip soon to arizona and although we won’t have time for the grand canyon, i’m sure i’ll have a little time for a yarn shop… dun, dun, dun… and so it begins.)

Vivien ZepfOctober 22, 2014 - 9:02 pm

Good for you! Hope you enjoyed your time at the machine.

AngieOctober 17, 2014 - 2:30 pm

Glad to see you “losing yourself” in your stitching. I got a longarm a few months ago and the joy, contentment, and respite it offer me is surprising. Good luck yarn hunting.

october 06, 2014

I want to learn how to knit, but I’m afraid of investing myself in something so inconsistent with this tropical climate.

Penelope GlobeOctober 12, 2014 - 4:56 am

I agree with the other ladies, cotton would be the way to go. In the past few years I have been making kitchen hand towels out of a heavy cotton that you would make a dish cloth from. They are wonderful and absorbent. I make them for friends for Christmas and there is always requests for more.

Jill Lee-JonesOctober 8, 2014 - 5:35 am

Try linen…it has a lovely hand once you wash it and is cool to wear.

Kristin LOctober 7, 2014 - 9:47 am

Cotton and linen yarns are a less springy than wools, and therefore a bit harder on the hands to knit, but not too bad. Definitely good tropical fibers. I knit two wool/acrylic blend afghans while in Hawaii, and surprisingly, I actually got use out of them during the chillier rainy season. I did not work on them during the warmest months though. ;-)

KatieOctober 7, 2014 - 1:55 am

I’m obsessed with knitting (and also started off sewing/quilting). You could try out a linen or cotton blend yarn for your climate. Or use lace or sock weight yarns. The author of the website used to live in Hawaii too.

MaryOctober 6, 2014 - 11:45 am

As a quilter, I also wondered if I would like knitting. And guess what? I LOVE it! I can understand with your climate but try knitting with some cotton yarn. It is the perfect craft for when quilting seems like too much work some nights. Good luck!

september 30, 2014

I’m often tired at the end of a long day but then I remember how it used to be.  Seems like those years of juggling the kids and busy household prepared me for this.  Now, in these moments of solitude, I have the time to reflect and contrast; I miss the pitter-patter of little feet, but I’m grateful for the silence evening brings.


september 25, 2014

even though I  had to rally at 11 to pick him up, I’m thankful he doesn’t drive yet.  our ten-minute chat was worth it.

GretchenSeptember 26, 2014 - 4:29 pm

As I recall, some of the best talks happened on the way home from “the last ferry”. Enjoy those moments!

Bali House Update


Our Hana house continues to move forward.   It is being disassembled piece-by-piece, labeled and wrapped ever so carefully.  I’m reminded of those lincoln logs we had when we were little, but instead of scooping it all up and shoveling into a container like my mother used to do, this house is stored neatly and methodically.  We’ve been told that two shipping containers have been located in Bali and more will be needed to accommodate it all.  Because the road to Hana is long and windy, no containers longer than 25 feet are allowed.  I am thankful for such workers that are willing to accommodate such a restriction. I pray that this house makes it here safely.  I pray that the final pieces of the permit puzzle fall into place, the insurance, the contractor…. it’s all so overwhelming, sometimes I can barely breathe.  Rather than depend on others for strength and assurance, I’ve been going inside and nurturing that twisted little gut, sending it soothing thoughts of acceptance and love.  One step at at time Robin, one step at a time.

Vivien ZepfSeptember 22, 2014 - 4:02 pm

I’m hopeful for you.

Gayle KushSeptember 13, 2014 - 8:47 am

That is going to be awesome. Worth the wait for sure!

august 27, 2014

Things are just a tad calmer without him here.  Still, he is on my mind constantly.

This quilt, a gift for his graduation, ahem,  his going away, keeps him within reach.

Somehow working on it makes me feel better about this situation.