Yesterday was World Sea Turtle Day and, if you follow the news, there were wonderful photos and videos published of sea turtles coming ashore to make nests. We all know, too, that sea turtles are a popular motif for Hawaiian style quilts. Known as “honu”, sea turtles held a special place in ancient Hawaiian mythology. In varying legends it is a bearer of good luck, a symbol of the life force. They swim hundreds of miles to go home to lay their eggs, manifesting that urge many of us feel to “go home again”.
We added Sara’s colorful lizard quilt, too. We think it is the Kuna Mola lizard fromkareneckmeier.com. The lizard has traditionally been a motif on clothing panels, known as molas, worn by the Kuna peoples of Panama.
Our thanks go to Marie, Ellen and Sara for sharing with us these modern quilts with a rich heritage.