I got interested in quilting a very long time ago. Then about 20 years ago I began making Hawaiian quilts. I had been on vacation in Hawaii and was fascinated by the quilt patterns and designs which are unique to the islands. For many years I traveled a lot on business and (obviously before 9/11) brought pillow-sized patterns to quilt on the plane. It was something portable that I could do to pass the time while sitting in an airplane seat or at the airport.
I don't do it much any more, but the remnants of that hobby are everywhere in my life. Almost all my friends and family have at least one pillow, and this is one of three quilt squares on the wall in the "Garden Room" adjoining the bakery which we rent out for parties.
I have known for a while that there is a Mary Cesar living in Hawaii. Her full name is Mary Haunani Cesar. She is a master quilt maker and teacher. She apparently cooks as well, because there are recipes on her website.
She teaches classes in basic design (Hawaiian quilts are designed and cut by folding a square into eighths, much like a paper snowflake). The cut design is appliqued onto a background and the quilting radiates from the central pattern like ripples in water.
She sounds like someone I would like to meet. And I am dying to try the macadamia nut pie and mango bread recipes.