May 252015
 
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Susie & John

Susie Sugi a dear friend and a strong support of everything Hawaiian especially Hawaiian quilting stopped by the Hawaiian quilting class while visiting from Japan. She lived in Hawaii for 12 years before returning to Japan and during those twelve years she established her self as not only  a quilter but also a Master Hawaiian Quilter and Instructor.  Her return to Japan has left a small void in our classes and in the Hawaiian quilting world. We miss her and always happy when she’s in the islands.  Pictured is her next quilting project.  One of My Tutu’s vintage quilts.  Kanani O Amelika – The Beauty of America.  Can you find the Eagles and Daisies depicted in the quilt.

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May 202015
 
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Dragon Fruit

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Orchid

 

 

I added two new quilts to Pat’s Gallery of Quilts.  If you’re interested in one of her quilts call her at (214)293-9303 or e-mail at mtgpvg@yahoo.com.  All the quilts are hand stitched and Made In Hawaii.  Her quilts are always beautiful to look at.  Other quilts by Pat http://poakalani.net/quilts-pat/

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Mar 152015
 

Similar to  Trophies, Medal of Honors and Awards we can also honor from which we came through our quilters and their quilts .   Thank you Mie for honoring our Polynesian family of Easter Island.  Our ancestors were once one in blood, culture and traditions. This quilts was designed by John Serrao and quilted by Certified Quilt Instructor Mie Tashiro.

The Island Collection Series – Easter Island

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Mar 152015
 

When the  years swiftly pass us by and our eyes and hands age with time the amazing quilting ladies of the palace always offer a helping hand for our kupuna.  Thank you Naomi of Kobe Japan who is a certified instructor for cutting out “Our” Wilma’s quilt and for all the ladies who took the time from their own work to help lay-out and pin the quilt. Wilma now has another quilt to keep her busy.  The Night Blooming Cereus designed by John Serrao.

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Naomi Cutting out Wilma’s Quilt

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Wilma & Naomi

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Laying out the quater fold on the background fabric.

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John helping to lay out the half design.

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Sometimes you need the extra scrap of fabric that you cut out to refill in the design to lay it more precise.

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The quilt at it’s full design and making some careful adjustments

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Wilma and the Ladies.

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Mar 102015
 

A quilt for a friend who loves those furry friends and their meow’s.  Two are in heaven and one is her best friend.  Memory quilts of those we cherish.  Designed and quilted by Naoko. Reverse applique. Click on the photo to see a close up the quilt.

Naoko is one of my favorite quilters.  Her desire to quilt has made her diligent for perfection.  Her stitches are close to perfect but her imagination to tell her stories through quilts it  what makes her special.  Every quilt she makes tells a story of her family, friends and of course herself.

 

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Mar 082015
 

We love when our quilters are home for a short visit and it’s all about Oooh’s and Ahhhh’s.  Love these ladies and miss them when they’re not here but they’ve been busy cutting and laying our their larger quilts. So beautiful.  All quilts designed by John Serrao EXCEPT that beautiful Red and Blue and Orange and Red those two were designed in John’s design workshop by the quilter themselves.

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Feb 282015
 

Whales In Motion

Lei Niho Palaoa

Hawaiian Women Wearing Lei Niho Palaoa

Whales in Motion –  John’s newest Sea life design for our amazing ocean friends.  45″ x 45″  Designed by John Serrao

The Hawaiian word for whale is “Palaoa”  It is also the name of the Hawaiian neck ornament used by the Hawaiian chiefs. The ivory hook on the lei/necklace is called the “Niho Palaoa”  because it is made out of the tooth of the whale suspended by braided strands of human hair.  Worn by the chiefs to ward of any evil intentions of visitors and families. 

 

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Feb 222015
 
Shaka

45″ x 45″ Designed by John Serrao

This past Friday was an amazing day for our family.  We went to the Hukilau Market Place in Laie to see the unveiling of our great-uncle Tutu Hamana’s statue at the entrance of the Polynesian Cultural Center.  Tutu Hamana was  known in his hometown  for not only his active role in the first Hukilau but the true originator of Hawaii’s famous “Shaka, Hang Loose, Right On” Sign.  In honor of this event John created this design for his and our Tutu Hamana. Can You find the Shaka Sign On the quilt?

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Tutu Hamana

 

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Some of the family. John is under Tutu’s shaka Sign. The rest of the family are taking photo’s of the family.

 

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Feb 182015
 

Where I Live There Are Rainbows.

One of my favorite quilts depicting my Hawaii.  Palm trees, Canoes and Rainbows.  Quilted by Takako Jenkins. Designed by John Serrao 90″ x 90″.

 

Before designing a quilt John always asks the quilter, “What is Your Story” and from there he is able to design quilts depicting a magical place in time, a favorite flower and even dreams for the future.  This quilt shows Takako’s love for Hawaii.

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Iolani Quilting Class Update -11/01/14

Great News!  Quilting Class will continue at the Iolani Palace Archives  in  December.     Renovations will not start until the middle of 2015.  Any questions please call us at 808-223-1108.  Thank You.