I promised I'd let you in on a little more about the beautiful Island of Oahu in Hawaii on this post and the Experience Hawaii Trip in August (click on the button right for more information), so here goes:

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Hawaii is the perfect place to slow down long enough to find a frangipani between your toes! A land where there is colour everywhere:

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The perfect cocktail at every stop (see you for dinner at 7pm on our first night - here at Duke's!):

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And the longest of longest 'Happy Hours':

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Accommodation in the very centre of Waikiki at the beautiful Sheraton Waikiki! Walking distance to just about everything:

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And Ocean View rooms:

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Beautiful hula dancers on the beach:

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Men who throw frangipanis and orchids upon you:

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And the most magnificent sunsets:

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Aloha! Hawaii is a magical place full of more than even these things. I haven't even mentioned the shopping, the stitching, the shopping, the delicious food, the shopping, the view of Waikiki Beach from our stitching classroom where you can stitch on the balcony in the sunshine of Honolulu, the shopping, the ...

Until next time,

Leanne Beasley xxx





Quilting Hawaiian Style!

Sunshine and Stitching - that's Hawaii for me! For those of you that have Vignette Issue 10 you may have read the article on 'Quilting in Hawaii' (pages 12 and 13). I have had some lovely feedback on the article and quite a few "I didn't know you were taking a group of ladies to Hawaii in August" comments. Apologies for not letting you know more, sometimes I find it difficult to know if I am keeping everyone up to date or starting to repeat myself too often!

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So here's a little more information on 'Experience Hawaii 2013'. (For the nitty gritty details click on the 'Events' link to the left or directly on the button on the right). Above is the Hawaiian Quilt that I started on my last visit to Hawaii in January. Each of you joining the trip will receive Hawaiian Quilting kits and heaps of lessons! The ultimate lesson will be with the Poakalani Quilt Group in Honolulu - this is something you will remember for a lifetime:

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You will also receive one of the books written by Poakalani along with your kits. The book details everything you'll cover in class and more. This will be a great work tool and keepsake as well! We will also be visiting the Iolani Palace where you will have the opportunity to see 'The Queen's Quilt'. For those of you who have read 'The Aloha Quilt' you will be thrilled to see this:

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So inspiring:

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There is an incredible story behind this quilt and the reminder of how our quilts cannot help but reflect our lives.

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Aunty Doris from Poakalani is a wealth of knowledge and hopefully we will get to see some of her quilting which is amazing!

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Of course I will be taking you to my favourite quilt store in Hawaii as well (save your pocket money and buy an extra suitcase!).

More on Hawaii next time. Aloha,

Leanne Beasley xxx