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-->The Wilcox Quilts: 01/10/07
Some of my favorites books come my way with help from serendipity; The Wilcox Quilts in Hawaii is one of those books. It is a history of the Wilcox family and their influence over the years in Kauai. It is also a pictorial catalogue of the family's quilts, sewn and collected over the last hundred or so years until the museum's opening in 1985 after the death of the last surviving Wilcox.
The Wilcox family came to Hawaii from the midwest as missionaries and ended up becoming one of the founding families of modern day Hawaii. The Wilcox name is still a part of many institutions, especially on Kauai. It is on schools, hospitals, and all sorts of other businesses. The Wilcox family is to Kauai what the Sammis family is to Huntington Long Island.
I am not a quilter but I enjoy the art of quilting. The Wilcox Quilts in Hawaii explains the different techniques in making what would be considered a quilt: applique, patchwork and quilting. Before reading the book I knew the words but never thought about them as they applied to the actual process. The traditional Hawaiian quilt is a combination of applique and quilting in contrast to what would be considered the traditional American quilt of patchwork and quilting.
The Hawaiian quilts for the most part resemble snowflakes of circular patterns except that the shapes radiating from the center are mostly floral patterns. Bread fruit and pineapples and other foliage. A couple of the more colorful quilts are made up of the Hawaiian flag and coat of arms.
Time to Bundle Up:
This winter has been a weird one so far. We've not gotten the rain we should and it has either been hotter or colder than it should. We're going now from it being more like spring to it feeling like it wants to snow. Over the next couple of nights the temperature is supposed to drop into the thirties and on Friday night as low as the mid twenties.
Tonight I've "double bagged" Harriet, meaning I've put her in footed pajamas and then into her blanket sleeper. She also has her blankets as well but Sean and her room gets really cold at night. I've just noticed that Sean left two of his blankets upstairs so I'll have to sneak them downstairs when we go to bed. Caligula will be okay upstairs as it's naturally warmer upstairs than down in our bedrooms. Ian and I will cuddle together.
The balcony garden will just have to fend for itself. We don't have the room for brining every pot inside. I'm hoping that they are close enough to the heat of the upstairs and protected a bit by the over hang. So far the only plant that hasn't liked the cold nights was the pumpkin.