On this day in 1891, Lili’uokalani was crowned the last reigning monarch of the Kingdom of Hawai’i. The queen was also a trained musician and composed over 150 songs, including, “Aloha Oe,” about the Hawaiian Islands.

Therese Kaaimalani Isaacs Kapiko Quinn of Honolulu made this red and white hand appliqued wholecloth quilt, titled Liliuokalani’s Fans and Kahilisaround 1943. The quilt is part of the Washington Place Collection (Greek Revival palace where Liliuokalani once lived), and was documented in 1990 as part of the Hawaiian Quilt Research Project.

View this quilt on The Quilt Index to find out! Read more about its history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view or click the “See full record” link to see a larger image and all the data entered about that quilt.


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See You in June for Month Three!

Thank you so much to everyone who has participated in the Quilt Alliance’s Birthday Block of the Month so far! We’ve made two very different but complementary blocks together and we can’t wait to make more. Join us next month as we make a block designed by Pat Sloan — we’ll send instructions out on the 15th.

Be sure to tag @quiltalliance and @zakfoster.quilts on Instagram with your block photos this month, and use the hashtag #QuiltAllianceBOM (or email us a photo of your block at blockparty@quiltalliance.org). And leave any questions about this month’s block in the comments below!


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