Nov 172014
 

js638-bk7Famous is Molokai and the pua kukui, the flowers of the kukui nut tree which symbolizes light and truth.  This design is for that island where Hawaiian traditions remained undisturbed for many generations.  45″ x 45″ Designed by John Serrao

 

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This island holds a very special place in my heart.  My great-grandfather Elias Poaha was born on Molokai and his family left an amazing legacy on the island.  While our connection to the island is few after four generations the stories my mom spoke about   is very dear to my heart.

 Posted by at 9:31 pm
Nov 162014
 

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One of the  Hawaiian Quilt traditions that was strictly followed in our family was that you   “Never Sit On A Quilt”.  You never sat  on a quilt because the quilt was treated with  great respect due to the time invested and the belief that the quilt is the embodiment of the creator’s spirit. To be respectful of the quilt demonstrated respect for the creator as well. You could sleep under the quilt, but never sit on top.  The correct way to sit on a bed that was covered with a quilt was to life the corner of the quilt and then sit on the uncovered area.

 

 Posted by at 10:40 pm
Nov 142014
 

faurmagAloha Amazing Quilters and Friends,

I know I haven’t posted in several days but I’m trying really hard  to get my pattern shop back on-line, which is causing a few problems.  Hopefully by the end of this month.  Also I’m afraid I got stuck watching a Korean Drama on Hulu.  I love my Korean Drama’s.  Good news  I’m done with the drama and they all lived happily every after.  So back to to my website and posting.

Also see the attached photo of  “Awesome John” in the Japanese “Frau” magazine. We’re so proud of him and all he does for the class and of course Hawaiian quilting.

 

Cissy

 Posted by at 7:21 am
Nov 082014
 

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We always tell our quilters, it’s not just the design but also the choice of colors and quilting lines that gives the quilt its life and spirit. This quilt by Mitsue is one of my favorites not only because it’s green(um my favorite color) but by using a white background the designs just popped off the quilt.  Simple in design with such soothing  and relaxing colors.  Designed by John Serrao.  Quilted by Hawaiian Quilt Instructor Mitsue Toi.

Nov 052014
 

Every once in a while we get requests for odd size designs.  John didn’t understand the size or why,  but he went ahead anyway and designed these 5 bed runners.  Personally I think the designs are amazing and compliments the bedroom. Some quilters even made a framed quilt for the wall.    Can you guess the designs?  Pakalana, Plumeria , Ulu, Monsterra and Anthurium. Designed by John Serrao

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I posted the 22″ x 22″ Dove Orchid Design/Pattern on October 3, 2014,  since than John has designed the dove orchid for a larger quilt as well.  One for a wall hanging 45″ x 45″ and another, which you see here is for the larger quilt.  90″x 90″  Designed by John Serrao.

Oct 292014
 

js635-bk6Canoe Paddling Waikiki Beach Canoe Paddling is one of very few Hawaiian Sports that is competitively practiced today.  Competing in different divisions from Keiki, to High School , as well as adult and Senior canoe clubs it is an amazing sport that is seeped in old Hawaiian traditions.  45″ x 45″  Designed by John Serrao

Yes, John’s design does have sails on his canoe because the canoes were also used for fishing as well as travel. 

Click on the link for an amazing look into Hawaiian Canoe Paddling.  http://www.hawaiilife.com/articles/2012/09/outrigger-canoe-paddling/

Oct 262014
 

Eclipse

The Sun Eclipse of July 11, 1991 was only seen in parts of Hawaii moving over the Pacific across Mexico, Central America, South America and ending in Brazil.  People from all over the world flocked to Hawaii, well the Big Island, where the full Sun Eclipse could be witnessed.  Tia Waxman one of our quilters was one of those people.  She actually booked her hotel accommodations two years in advance to witness this rare sight and she was so mesmerized by this event when she returned to quilting class the following week  she asked John to please design the “Eclipse Quilt”  a quilted memory of her once in a life time adventure.  Using a half fold instead of the traditional 1/8 fold John designed her “Eclipse Quilt”. Behind the palm trees where the hibiscus bush and the laua’e plant grows,  looking out toward the ocean, the stars made their appearance only for a little while  during the total Eclipse of the Sun.    45″ x 60″  Designed by John Serrao Quilted by Tia Waxman

The next eclipse which will be seen across the continuous United States and parts of Hawaii will be on August 21, 2017. Click the link to find your best viewing  location.

http://moonblink.info/Eclipse/eclipse/2017_08_21/WherePartial#Hawaii

Oct 252014
 

js649-bk7kahiligingerThe Kahili Ginger  is grown through out the Hawaiian Islands but unfortunately it is  highly invasive and is slowly taking over Hawaii’s native plants. It was named the Kahili Ginger because it looked very similar to Hawaii’s Royal Standard. 45″ x 45″  Designed by John Serrao/js649-bk7

 

 

John created this design not only to look like the beautiful Kahili Blossoms but also Hawaii’s Royal Feather Standards.

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Kahili Bearers Queen Liliuokalani’s Funeral Procession

 

Oct 232014
 

Maile/Ilima

 

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The popular maile/ilima lei is used, given, presented  at many special occasions in Hawaii especially weddings, graduations, proms, and even  blessings.  It was also a favorite quilt design  during the 1990’s.  There are many Ilima/Maile patterns  showing the flowers intertwined like the beautiful lei.   45″ x 60″  Personal Design by John Serrao.  Poakalani Quilt Show /Mission Houses Museum.

The 45″ x 60″ quilt patterns were originally designed to fit a baby’s crib. Today they are being used more as wallhangings.  

Oct 202014
 

Monkey Pod

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The Monkey Pod trees with its large umbrella canopy can easily be found in Hawaii’s parks shading the locals and tourist from Hawaii’s hot sun.  The most famous monkey pod tree is  of course  the Hitachi Tree located in Moanalua Gardens while less famous but beautiful trees can be found at Iolani Palace, Nuuanu Park and even Kapiolani Park.  90″ x 90″ Designed by John Serrao Quilted by Eriko Furukawa Personal Design

 

Monkey Pod trees can be found throughout the islands unfortunately the Honolulu City Council  passed a new ordinance  that only indigenous or Polynesian introduced plants can be used in new landscaping.  While we won’t be saying goodbye to our trees neither are we going to see new monkey pod trees planted.  John designed this pattern after the beautiful Monkey Pod trees at the Iolani Palace. Eriko fell in love with the design and decided to quilt the pattern.  Every artist has their own medium in which to show off their artistic and creative talents for the quilters it’s fabric and thread.  

 

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