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What is distinct about Hawaiian quilts?

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Hawaiian quilts typically feature silhouette images of flowers, palm fronds or pineapples that are appliqued onto a solid-color background fabric. This differs from the typical techniue of other American quilters, which use many small pieces of fabric in quilts.

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Hawaiian quilts usually include only two colors, one for the applique and one for the background, and they are quilted with fine stitches that echo the design. Another distinctive quality of most Hawaiian quilts is their repetition. Many quilts have a design that radiates out from the center point, and that design repeats four or eight times around the quilt. Some Hawaiian quilts also include vintage images of Hawaiian flags that predate Hawaii's 1898 annexation to the United States.

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