Learn to Quilt by Hand at Volcano Art Center

July 6, 2016, 2:38 PM HST
* Updated September 8, 5:31 PM
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Grandma Quinn's Quilt -Roberta H. Muller

Grandma Quinn’s Quilt, courtesy of Roberta Muller.

Roberta Muller will be stitching up a storm with two Quilting Workshops on Saturday, July 16, 2016, from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. at the Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus.

What’s involved in hand quilting? Stitching! A quilter can use several stitches.

A stab stitch drives the needle through the fabric from the top, then pushes it back up through the material from the other side.

Another type—a rocking stitch—uses a thimble. The quilter has one hand on top of the quilt, while the other hand is located beneath the piece to push the needle back up.

A third stitch, called “loading the needle,” involves making four or more stitches before pulling the needle through the cloth.

One of my queen size Quilt -Roberta H. Muller

Queen-size quilt, courtesy of Roberta Muller.


Muller will demonstrate how to use these basic stitches that can help achieve a variety of hand-finished quilts.


“Once you get the hang of it, it’s really quite easy,” said Muller.

The fee for the workshop is $10, which covers the cost of the quilting kit.

There is a limited number of seats available, so register early.


Call the Volcano Art Center at (808) 967-8222 or register online.

Born and raised in Honolulu, Muller learned the art of Hawaiian quilting as a young girl from her grandmother Therese Quinn.

Muller began serious quilting in her twenties and hasn’t stopped since. She is currently teaching at Kilauea Kreations II in Hilo and at her home studio in Hilo.

The Volcano Art Center is a nonprofit educational organization created in 1974 to promote, develop, and perpetuate the artistic and cultural heritage of Hawai‘i’s people and environment through activities in the visual, literary, and performing arts.



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