By 1900, Hawaiian quilt makers had developed two distinctive quilt forms, one an appliquéd representation of native plants and the second a pieced and appliquéd rendering of the beloved Hawaiian flag. The Briscoe Center’s Winedale Quilt Collection contains examples of these two unique quilt styles. They were displayed together in this year’s annual quilt exhibition for the first time.
Most of the Hawaiian quilts displayed in this exhibit are from the Briscoe Center’s Joyce Gross Quilt History Collection. A well-known quilt collector and historian, Gross was especially fond of Hawaiian quilts. She travelled to Hawaii on several occasions and took quilt groups there to see the islands’ distinct and beautiful quilt forms.