Pulelehua is the Hawaiian word for butterfly or moth. It connotes fluttering frivolously without stability, a social butterfly. Pulelehua has a secondary meaning: blowing through the air as a leaf on a windy day.
This 1970s pulelehua quilt came from a vintage shop in Kailua. It is 67" x 86" and made of cottons and synthetics. The cottons are solids, blue, orange and white; and the synthetics used for the butterflies are tropical floral print fabrics with some tectured polyester double knit and rick rack.
The antennae look like they were painted or drawn with magic marker, now faded to gray.
It is backed with flannel and has no batting, but is quilted in a large grid with blue and orange thread. Binding is brought from front to back and machine stitched.