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Ulu: Pattern for a Hawaiian Quilted Pillow

A quilted pillow is based on Eileen's grandmother’s old-style method of making Hawaiian quilts.

Eileen Lee Jul 16, 2021 - 3 min read

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The author’s Ulu pillow, in the process of the echo quilting. Photos by Matt Graves

Eileen Lee's article “Hannah Ku´umililani Cummings Baker: A Hawaiian Quilt Legacy,” which appeared in PieceWork Summer 2021, talks about her grandmother's efforts to preserve the unique quilting traditions of Hawaii.

This traditional pattern and template are available to download for All Access subscribers.

Ulu means breadfruit.

Before my grandmother died, her one wish was that her daughter Lillian Macedo would promote Hawaiian quilting. My aunt Lillian said, “My mother was one of the first to revive kapamaking in Hawaii. She saw the beauty in quiltmaking and wanted to share it with others. Now I will be sharing it.”

This quilted pillow is based on my grandmother’s old-style method of making Hawaiian quilts.

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