My husband and I just returned from an idyllic week in Maui, where we celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary in Kaanapali Beach.
This is surely one of the most beautiful places on our planet. Highlights of our trip included perfect weather; an anniversary sunset dinner with friends at a beachfront restaurant; whale watching (and whale listening—we heard male whales “singing” their mating song); riding a zip line 300 feet above a jungle-like canyon; and the unexpected discovery of several wonderful quilt and fabric shops.
Right in the heart of Lahaina you’ll find a small but well-stocked quilt shop named Quilts N Fabric Land, owned by Fehima Baccar. It’s located at 658 Front Street in a shopping plaza directly across from the huge banyan tree, which was planted in 1873 on Lahaina’s wharf. In addition to fabrics and thread, the shop carries yarn, notions, and beautiful hand-crafted items from local artists. I purchased several screen-printed dish towels with different tropical motifs, all designed by local artist Janet Holaday and printed with environmentally friendly inks.
If you’re searching for colorful Hawaiian print fabrics to bring home, the Discount Fabric Warehouse in Kahului (not far from the main airport in Maui) is a must-see. There are rows and rows of both cotton and cotton-poly blend fabrics on rolls at incredibly low prices. The store also carries typical quilting prints from well-known companies, though most look to be several years old. Of course I found a couple I had to purchase. Another surprise was finding a beautiful shop selling handmade quilts and quilted home dec items in the shopping arcade at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort on Kaanapali Beach. From potholders to purses to full-size quilts, the store is bursting with fabric eye candy.
Alas, our trip to paradise had to end, but I’m left with lovely memories of Hawaii and visions of the quilt I plan to make with some of those fabrics I brought home. Isn’t that the perfect vacation? (The Hawaiian quilt at the top is my original design called Hawaiian Blue, which was completed about a year ago.)
Posted by Christine N. Brown, American Quilter magazine editor-in-chief