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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Feb 112015
 

Paper PatternAfter designing your pattern sometimes it’s a good idea to cut it out on paper first before cutting it out on fabric. That way you can see the full design, double check the size, and also make any changes.

When John first started designing he used masking tape to join newsprint  paper to the size of the actual quilt.  45″ x 45″, 90″x 90″ even 108″ x 108″. He would then fold the large paper to it’s 1/8 fold and  design the pattern.  When that step was completed he  had the ladies cut out the whole 1/8 paper pattern and then  finding any open floor space opened the pattern to it’s full design(this was a great practice time to show the quilters how to lay out the quilt).  At this time he and the ladies were able to see the pattern opened to its full design.  We got our newsprint paper from Hawaii Hochi and purchased their end rolls.  Today we use less paper and mirrors.

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Feb 102015
 

cupidThe Cupid Quilt,  designed and quilted by Sophie Ventura. As you can see there is no symmetrical design, just cupid and hearts placed on a background fabric  and than  sewn and quilted  by machine.  Aunty Sophie made this quilt in one day as a gift for her husband.  Yes, she made it the day before Valentines day and finished it, but it’s an amazing quilt capturing  an expression  of love for her husband.

 

This quilt was part of our Family Quilt Show held at  the Mission Housed Museum almost twenty years ago. Those two little girls in the photo are my nieces who are all grown up.

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Feb 092015
 
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Renovation Update

The renovations of the archives building(where we quilt) is tentatively  scheduled to begin in May.  Because it’s only for a month(I hope) we will be taking a short break/vacation  unless we can find a temporary home during May.  So please check my website and Facebook for any updates.

 

Pictured left: The ladies of the palace taking a short break during quilting class.  They are such amazing ladies.

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Feb 042015
 

familycollectionmonsterrathumbThe Monsterra a very popular Hawaiian quilt design because of its bold large leaves. Click on the graphic and watch John and his magic pencils create the actual design seen here.  45″ x 45″  Designed by John Serrao from the Poakalani Serrao Family Quilt Collection.

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Feb 032015
 

Ka Hui Kapa Apana O Waimea, the oldest Hawaiian quilting club in the islands dedicated to the art of Hawaiian quilting, is hosting its biennial Hawaiian quilt show 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at Mana Christian Ohana (formerly Kahilu Hall) in Waimea.

This free event includes a spectacular display of traditional Hawaiian quilts, an opportunity for pattern tracing, a learn-how station and a craft sale. Come to Waimea for the Cherry Blossom Festival and look for us in the hall behind Kahilu Theater.

For more information, contact Cyndy Martinez at (808) 938-5728.

The Best Show In The Islands

 

**Hawaii Island** We all wish it was on Oahu Island but good time to get away for a day.

 

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Feb 022015
 

Home

We live in a very tiny condo in the area they call Lower Nuuanu and/or Liliha . And because of the lack of space most of Poakalani’s cushion quilts were framed and hung on the wall.  As you can see(sorry about the bad pic, took it at night and my cats love to play with them, hence crooked) there is no empty space on the wall  in the living room, hallway, and three bedrooms. Also my brother is a wonderful artist who also shares wall space with Poakalani.  It’s been my home for over 30 years and every time we say  it’s time to either sell or give the quilts to friends and family it’s to hard to part with it so here they stay. More so now that Poakalani is no longer with us.  Oh and the frames all made by John. Yep he designs and frames too!  Such talent… and no we don’t give tours :-).  The smaller wall hangings make amazing “Art On The Wall.”

 

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Feb 012015
 

Kahili Ti Leaf

The hibiscus and ti leaf two of Hawaii’s  most recognized native plants.  The Ti Leaf for good luck in the shape of the Kahili and the Hibiscus it’s crowning glory.  45″ x 45″ Designed by John Serrao

The Hawaiians would cut the stalk of the Ti Leaf and curl back the leaves so it would look like the Kahili .  It was beautiful but not as precious as the feathered standards of the Alii.  tileafkahili

Photo by Dennis Fujimoto/Garden Island

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Jan 102015
 

Maile Ilima

One of our first quilt shows at the Mission Houses Museum showcased several 45″ x 60″ wall hangings.  These quilts were actually made to fit inside of a baby’s crib but  after all the quilters expert handiwork they decided that hanging the quilt rather than placing it in the crib was of course a better choice and I whole hardheartedly agree. This quilt show cases one of Hawaii’s favorite flowers, the Maile Ilima.  The sweet scented maile and ilima prized by Hawaiian Kings and Queens translates into a beautiful wall hanging.  45″ x 60″  Designed by John Serrao

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Jan 062015
 

Bachelors Buttons

This flower brings back wonderful memories of my grandparents home where the bachelor buttons lined the sidewalk that led to the front porch. 22″ x 22″ Designed by John Serrao

 

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Jan 052015
 

Kamehameha II

 

Like the Hula and the Hawaiian Chants of Old making a quilt in memory of  a King, Queen, Friend and loved one brings honor to them. This quilt made back in the 1990’s  by Joomi Shiroma depicts whales and symbols of Hawaii prominent during the reign of Kamehameha II.  Our beloved King was born in 1797 and reigned from 1819 to 1824.  Unfortunately in 1824 he died in England with his wife Kamamalu.  90″ x 90″  Designed by John Serrao, Quilted by Joomi Shiroma

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The Hawaiian Helmets of Old and Tabu Stick are shown in this quilt to symbolize traditional Hawaii, while the whales and fire and the center of the quilt symbolize a changing world coming to the Hawaiian people.  Whaling season was at it’s peak during the reign of Kamehameha II. 

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Jan 042015
 

 

Plant a Ulu(Breadfruit) tree at the birth of a child so it will have enough food his whole life. One of many legends associated with the Ulu Tree and that is why many quilters start with the Ulu design first before all others.   22″ x 22″  Designed by John Serrao

 

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Did you know that the Ulu instead of the Taro was the staple of choice for the people of Puna on Hawaii Island.  Because of the type of land found in the area it was the ulu tree that was easier to grow in abundance.  The Puna natives were also able to plant the Ulu in deep holes so that the leaves and fruit grew at ground level to make harvesting easier. Read more about this amazing  Ulu from Puna.  Puna Online

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Honolulu Festival Final Update

We're  sad to announce that we've decided not to participate in this years Honolulu Festival.   Due to changes with the Festival and our busy schedule we believe that in the best interest of the class that we instead prepare for our trip to Japan in October. Thank You, Cissy    

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 beginning of next year.  Any questions please call us at 808-223-1108.  Thank You.