A road trip for quilters and fabric fanatics, the 7th Annual Big Island Quilt Shop Hop revs up February 1- 28, 2015, featuring eight different shops from Kona to Hilo and points in between. Traveling quilters can have passports stamped for a chance to win prizes, collect quilting squares to create a custom “slippa” quilt for 2015, and enjoy the company of fellow quilters island-wide.
Grand prize, for those who visit and get passports stamped at all eight shops, is a $300 travel voucher for Hawaiian Airlines. Other winners will receive hotel stays, one-yard cuts of fabric, quilt shop gift certificates and more—with special in-store prizes at individual shops.
The eight shops will also have exclusive quilt block patterns, one from each store, plus a custom quilt “center,” for the 2015 Shop Hop quilt. This year’s custom design is a playful take on Hawaii’s favorite footwear: the “rubba slippa.” Eight different pairs of flip-flops, one from each shop, seem to be kicked off in the sand, flower garden, or at someone’s front door, making for a fun and colorful quilt composition. Each shop has also designed a custom center block, featuring island images from traditional honu and dolphins to a “yellow polka dot bikini.”
The 7th Annual Big Island Quilt Shop Hop launches February 1, leading into the 22nd Annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival and the Hawaiian Quilt Show presented by Ka Hui Kapa Apana O Waimea. Maps and passports can be picked up any quilt shop on the route, and “shop-hoppers” can follow their own path, or sign up for a West Hawaii bus tour by calling Karen Barry at Quilt Passions, 808-329-7475 – or an East Hawaii tours, with Leimomi at Kilauea Kreations II, 808-961-1100.
2015 Big Island Quilt Shop Hop shops:
Waimea Center: 65-1158 Mamalahoa Highway, Kamuela, HI. (808) 885-4482
Fabric & Quilting Delights
74-5599 Luhia St., Unit D-5, Kailua Kona HI 96740. (808) 329-8177
75-5626 Kuakini Hwy., Kailua-Kona, HI 96740. (808) 329-7475
H. Kimura Store, Inc.
79-7408 Mamalahoa Hwy., Kealakekua, HI 96750. (808) 322-3771
Pahala Quilting and Creative Sewing Center
96-3196 Maile St., Pahala, HI 96777. (808) 238-0505
19-3972 Volcano Rd., Volcano, HI 96785. (808) 967-8090
Kilauea Kreations II
680 Manono St., Hilo, Hi 96720. (808) 961-1100
206 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720-2835. (808) 961-4468