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2016 Big Island Quilt Shop Hop

A road trip for quilters and fabric fanatics, the 8th Annual Big Island Quilt Shop Hop revs up February 1- 29, 2016, featuring six different shops from Kona to Hilo and points in between. Traveling quilters can have passports stamped for a chance to win prizes, collect kits to create a custom “Honu on the Water” quilt for 2016, and enjoy the company of fellow quilters island-wide.

Hawaiian Quilt

Grand prize, for those who visit and get passports stamped at all six shops, is a $300 brand new Elna Sewing machine. Other winners will receive one-yard cuts of fabric, quilt shop gift certificates and more—with special in-store prizes at individual shops, for a total of 13 winners.

Each of the six quilt shops will have a different “step” available for the 2016 Honu on Water quilt. All six steps are needed to complete the quilt top, with borders and add-ons additional. This allows each quilt to be a one-of-a-kind creation.

The 8th Annual Big Island Quilt Shop Hop launches February 1, leading into the 23nd Annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival and the SKEA (Society for Kona’s Education and Art)  quilt show in Captain Cook February 13-14.

This year, quilt shops will have Sunday hours. West side shops will be open on Feb. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. East Hawai’i shops will be open Feb 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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 East Hawaii tour, with Leimomi at Kilauea Kreations II, 808-961-1100.

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

2016 Big Island Quilt Shop Hop:

West Hawaii

East Hawai‘i

4th Annual Quilt Shop Hop a Circle-Island Expedition

Colorful tropical fabrics, aloha for one of the world’s most popular pastimes and vast, contrasting landscapes make the Big Island Quilt Shop Hop unlike any elsewhere.  During the entire month of February 2012, eight shops participate in the circle-island quilt trek, where shop-hoppers will pick-up their custom quilt block kits and have their “passport” stamped, to be eligible for the grand prize drawing. (See details below.)

A Hawaiian Quilt

Maps and passports will be available at each location.  Participants can start their tour at any of the venues along the route, and/or join one of two excursions by bus.  (One passport per family.)  The Kona to Hilo Bus Tour takes place on Saturday, February 11 (price, time and location TBA).  To sign up, contact Karen Barry at Quilt Passions, 329-7475.

The Hilo to Kona Bus Tour takes place Saturday, February 18, departing from the Hilo Bus Depot (time TBA).  The cost is $50 including lunch (subject to change).  To sign up for the Hilo Bus Tour, contact any of the three quilt shops in Hilo; Kilauea Kreations, 961-1100, Fabric Workshop, 933-1010, or Fabric Impressions, 961-4468.

Completed passports make shop-hoppers eligible for the prize drawings.  First Place wins eight $25 gift certificates plus eight one-yard cuts of fabric; Second Place wins six $15 gift certificates plus six one-yard cuts of fabric; Third Place wins two $15 gift certificates plus two one-yard cuts of fabric.  Numerous other prizes are available.

Each Big Island shop offers something special, with its own personality and unique location, from the lush greens of the Hilo, Volcano and Pahala areas to the paniolo hill country of Waimea/Kamuela and Kailua-Kona’s sunny shores.  Various venues will offer refreshments, special sale items and unique handmade treasures as individual highlights of every stop.

This year’s theme is tropical flowers—so each store will have a different flower on its 10”x10” quilt block, to collect and complete the one-of-a-kind 2012 Big Island Shop Hop quilt.  The quilt block patterns are free, or available with fabric as a kit for $6.  (The background fabric for each block is Hoffman 1895, Seagrass.)  If a customer purchases $35 or more in other merchandise, the fabric kit is free.  “Finishing kits” will be available for purchase as well.

For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/TopstitchHawaii?sk=events, or contact  organizer Mary Moody-Cox at marymoodycox@earthlink.net, (808) 961-1100.

Shop Hop circuit:

East Hawai‘i

*Pahala Quilting and Creative Sewing Center

“Orchid”
96-3208 Maile St., Pahala, HI 96777. (808) 928-0011
www.PahalaQuilting.com

*Kilauea Kreations I

“Naupaka”
19-3972 Volcano Rd., Volcano, HI 96785. (808) 967-8090
www.KilaueaKreations.com

*Kilauea Kreations II

“Puakenikeni”
680 Manono St., Hilo, Hi 96720. (808) 961-1100
www.KilaueaKreations.com

*The Fabric Workshop

“Anthurium”
1348 Kilauea Ave., Hilo, HI 96720. (808) 933-1010

*Fabric Impressions

“Hibiscus”
206 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720-2835. (808) 961-4468

West Hawai‘i

*Topstitch

“Heliconia”
64-1067 Mamalahoa Highway # 2, Kamuela, HI. (808) 885-4482

*The Fabric Gift Shop

“Tiare”
74-5599 Luhia St., Kailua Kona HI 96740.  (808) 329-8177

*Quilt Passions and Needlework Shop

“Plumeria”
75-5626 Kuakini Hwy., Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740. (808) 329-7475
www.QuiltPassions.net