Whew. How long was I asleep in that beach chair? I successfully recovered from a busy pattern flurry, but woke up with a head cold this morning. It was probably all those post office germs. I'm going to take time for a short post, and then I'm going back to my beach chair for a while with some hot tea and lemon.
Happily, your pattern orders are starting to be received all across the country (yay! and thank you all again!!). Many of you have emailed me to thank me for the Hawaiian fabric charm squares that I enclosed with your order--you're welcome!--and to ask me the best way to buy more Hawaiian fabric.
Believe it or not, I am one of the WORST people to ask where to buy Hawaiian fabric! Okay, maybe not the worst, but I'm not a very good person to ask. I always buy it here in Hawaii! Our stores are stuffed with the stuff. As a matter of fact, Hawaiian prints, Asian prints and batiks are just about ALL I can get. I would love to be able to fondle some of those neat Civil War repros I keep seeing online, or drool over a rack of pastel thirties prints...or even catch a glimpse of what a Thimbleberry looks like! But noooooooo. Even our local Wal Mart is a veritable Hawaiian fabric shrine!
So here are my suggestions on how YOU can find Hawaiian fabric, short of hopping on a plane:
1. Call Kapaia Stitchery at 808-245-2281 and describe what you want. They don't have a website, but they do have mail order and they are very, very nice. Closed on Sundays, open 9 to 5 Hawaiian time. (Update 4/2--I corrected the phone number...sorry!)
2. I often send people to http://www.hawaiianfabric.com/ Be sure to click on the "cotton" tab, because they have lots of polyesters and it's easy to get lost amidst all the prints and end up with polyester. There are several pages of cotton fabric to scroll through, and you can click on prints to enlarge. It's a pretty good site! I don't often hear back from people I send there, but when I do, it's a positive report.
3. eQuilter has got some great Hawaiian prints! This link here will take you right to the Hawaiian prints section.
4. Read the comments section of this post. Hopefully, others will chime in with their favorite sources. Anyone?? Feel free!
5. Google "Hawaiian fabric" and see if there is someone in your state or nearby that sells it. You'll save some money on shipping. There are lots of suprising little niches in stores that have devoted a little corner to Hawaii--probably because the shop owner is a frequent visitor.
Okay, I'm going back to my beach chair and try to stop sneezing. I'll leave you with a picture of our friendly back yard chickens. These were wild, but my husband has since trained them to eat out of our hands and they're pretty friendly now. They come to my back door every morning to get leftovers from the cat's dish; they stand and watch me until I come out with a bowl for them.
This rooster is very brave. His girlfriend hangs back a little with her dainty foot up in the air:
She won't come any closer until I set the bowl down and turn around. They're such a cute couple!