Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Hula & Charras

I was very fortunate to have a friend of mine act as my Doula for the birth of my son Maiyo. It was wonderful to have someone there purely for support for Anastasio & me, especially someone so experienced as Dionne and her 200+ births! I was lucky in that I had no complications and the birth went relatively smooth, albeit long. And it did wonders for my mind & stress level to know Dionne was there and she will forever have a special place in my heart for that.

To thank her for her generosity I thought it would be wonderful to design a quilt specific to her interests and background. Dionne is an extraordinary person. Not only is she a fabulous doula, she is also the founder of The Wahine Project, an amazing non-profit dedicated to helping young disadvantage girls learn how to surf.

So I was very excited to find some wonderful fabrics from Heart's Fabric that fit perfectly with Dionne's surfing and Mexican heritage:

Surf Board Floral

Hula Dolls Grey 

Charras Folklorico Women

I made this a Queen size (72x96) using Irish Chain blocks measuring 12x12, and full fabric panels measuring 12x12 and 24x24. This is a non-traditional color match because it was the fabrics that where important to me. It took me several weeks to make and was my first attempt at binding!

Here's Dionne with the completed quilt:

I bought a queen size sheet set to use for the backing and also made matching pillowcases:

This shows the back side sheet fabric:


  1. This is so awesome! I love quilts...hope to learn how to make them, one day.

    1. Thanks Joie, definitely a fun craft to learn.