7th Annual Big Island Quilt Shop Hop

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.

Courtesy Big Island Quilt Shop Hop

Courtesy Big Island Quilt Shop Hop

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.

For more information contact Mary at bigislandquiltsh@earthlink.net, or visit www.facebook.com/BigIslandQuiltShopHopHawaii.

2015 Big Island Quilt Shop Hop shops:

West Hawaii

Topstitch
Waimea Center: 65-1158 Mamalahoa Highway, Kamuela, HI. (808) 885-4482
www.facebook.com/TopstitchHawaii

Fabric & Quilting Delights
74-5599 Luhia St., Unit D-5, Kailua Kona HI 96740.  (808) 329-8177
www.FabricandQuiltingdelights.com

Quilt Passions
75-5626 Kuakini Hwy., Kailua-Kona, HI 96740. (808) 329-7475
www.QuiltPassions.net

H. Kimura Store, Inc.
79-7408 Mamalahoa Hwy., Kealakekua, HI 96750.  (808) 322-3771

East Hawai‘i

Pahala Quilting and Creative Sewing Center
96-3196 Maile St., Pahala, HI 96777. (808) 238-0505
www.PahalaQuilting.com

Kilauea Kreations
19-3972 Volcano Rd., Volcano, HI 96785. (808) 967-8090
www.KilaueaKreations.com

Kilauea Kreations II
680 Manono St., Hilo, Hi 96720. (808) 961-1100
www.KilaueaKreations.com

Fabric Impressions
206 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720-2835. (808) 961-4468
www.FabricImpressionsHiloHi.com

5th Annual Big Island Quilt Shop Hop

Quilting in Hawaii may be a dream come true for some of the 21 million American quilters who use the internet, their GPS or quilt shop locator apps to plan sightseeing trips around local quilt shops.  On the Big Island, there’s an easier way to satisfy quilt cravings, thanks to the 5th Annual Quilt Shop Hop, taking place February 1-23, 2013.

A Hawaiian Quilt

A Hawaiian Quilt

Eight different quilt shops island-wide are included in the Shop Hop circuit, each with their own personality and style—from the sunny resort area of Kailua-Kona, to lush tropics of Volcano and Pahala, charming Hilo town, and the green rolling hills of Waimea.  Along the way, shop-hoppers can have their “passport” stamped, to be eligible for prize drawings, and pick up a unique quilt block pattern to create their own 2013 Shop Hop quilt.

The 2013 Shop Hop quilt theme features the unique flora and fauna of Hawaii, with bright tropical flowers, everyone’s favorite honu (sea turtle), dolphins, Nene goose, and the native I’iwi bird.  The quilt block patterns are free, or available for purchase with fabric as a kit.
This year’s event also includes a new, custom “Big Island” fabric, designed by Shop Hop organizer Mary Moody Cox, available only from participating shops on the circuit. The vivid aloha-style 100% cotton print is covered with colorful island images from the mountains to the sea:  waterfalls, volcano, birds, flowers, plants, petroglyphs, dolphins and more.

Maps and passports can be picked up at each location, and “shop-hoppers” can start their tour at any of the venues along the route, or sign up for a scheduled bus tour.  (See details below.) The first bus trip, February 2, visits “paniolo country” for the 20th Annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival, and the Hawaiian Quilt Show presented by Ka Hui Kapa Apana O Waimea.

For information, email MaryMoodyCox@earthlink.net, call (808) 961-1100, or visit www.facebook.com/BigIslandQuiltShopHopHawaii.

Bus Tours:

  • Kona to Waimea (Cherry Blossom Festival and Hawaiian Quilt Show):  Saturday, February 2 – contact Karen Barry at Quilt Passions, 329-7475.
  • Pahala to Hilo: Thursday February 7 – contact Donna at Pahala Quilting 808-238-0505.
  • Pahala to Waimea & Kona:  Tuesday, February 12 – contact Donna at Pahala Quilting 808-238-0505.
  • Kona to Hilo:  Saturday, February 9 – contact Karen Barry at Quilt Passions, 329-7475.
  • Hilo to Kona:  Saturday, February 16 – contact Mary Moody-Cox at Kilauea Kreations II, 808-961-1100.

Shop Hop circuit:

East Hawai‘i

  • Pahala Quilting and Creative Sewing Center, 96-3196 Maile St., Pahala, HI 96777. (808) 238-0505 www.PahalaQuilting.com
  • Kilauea Kreations I, 19-3972 Volcano Rd., Volcano, HI 96785. (808) 967-8090 www.KilaueaKreations.com
  • Kilauea Kreations II, 680 Manono St., Hilo, Hi 96720. (808) 961-1100 www.KilaueaKreations.com
  • The Fabric Workshop, 1348 Kilauea Ave., Hilo, HI 96720. (808) 933-1010
  • Fabric Impressions, 206 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720-2835. (808) 961-4468

West Hawai‘i

  • Topstitch, New location in Waimea Center: 65-1158 Mamalahoa Highway, Kamuela, HI. (808) 885-4482, www.facebook.com/TopstitchHawaii
  • The Fabric Gift Shop, 74-5599 Luhia St., D-5, Kailua Kona HI 96740.  (808) 329-8177
  • Quilt Passions and Needlework Shop, 75-5626 Kuakini Hwy., Kailua-Kona, HI 96740. (808) 329-7475, www.QuiltPassions.net