When Everything Just Flows….

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Feb 252017
 

Those are the quilt patterns I love when everything just flows from the center.  Joyce finally got her quilt cut, laid out and pinned.  The heleconia makes a beautiful and full design. Personal design for Joyce from John Serrao. Can’t wait to see the completed quilt.

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Sometimes You Just Know…

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Feb 212017
 

…That it’s time to put away that needle and thread and breakout the sewing machine.  Our amazing and wonderful Margaret e-mailed  me this photo of her last hand-made quilt.  She explained that her fingers are too painful to do any type of hand sewing and quilting. Her story is not the first time I’ve heard it and it won’t be the last.  We all get to that stage when our  eyesight is not what it use to be and our fingers just won’t make the fine stitches we once knew but  it’s okay, the legacy of the many quilts  you made will live on for many generations.  Margaret’s last quilt is the Kahili, Hawai’s Royal Standards and  I heard Margaret has a lucky friend, whose going to receive this quilt.  Many aloha and blessings to you Margaret… now get that machine started…  Design by John Serrao

…Susie doesn’t this quilt design and colors bring back memories.  

 

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Lots of Poi for the Ohana….

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Feb 202017
 

So I spent the day doing the graphics on another of John’s 45″x 45″ pattern books. I love doing it. It’s like a puzzle that slowly reveals itself. I start by taking a picture of the 1/8 pattern and uploading it to my computer.  I then use a photo program to color in the pattern and then with another program slowly double the 1/8 design to a  quarter design, then the quarter becomes a half design and before you know it the half design is now a full design.  It’s amazing.  So today I thought I’d share one of the designs I worked on for John. When I first finished it I asked John, ” What were you thinking?”  All he said was, “Oh! that’s the old family Loi(Taro Patch) in Laie.” The whole family would come together to work and clean the Lo’i.  It was a family affair.  The Kalo or Taro plant therefore  came to symbolize family.  Yet, another story quilt of memories of old.    Hope you enjoy the design. 32 Taro Leaves….

 

 

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Challenge yourself…. Be Like Pat :-)

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Feb 182017
 

I’m beginning to think that’s Pat’s motto, Challenge Yourself.  She’s always challenging herself to do more, climb higher, make the impossible…ha!.  Yep make the impossible here’s Pat’s next quilt design, The Hapuu Fern.  I don’t think anyone else would have taken this challenge.  I can’t wait to see the progress on this quilt. Hey Pat… keep us updated.  

 

 

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Brown Paper Packages….

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Feb 122017
 

The weather people finally got it right.  It was a very wet Saturday here in the islands but that did not stop many of our quilters braving the flooded streets to attend the quilting class.  It was a great class and got even better when I checked my mail box at home in the late afternoon and found a box wrapped in brown paper.  Actually the movie Sound of Music with Julie Andrews  came to mind. Well I got to say that package was full of sunshine.  Thank you Mama Kimi 🙂 for the amazing quilted purses and quilted eye glass case holder.  Tuffy, Missy, Thea and I sends a fondest Mahalo and John loves his eyeglass holder.  He laughed when he saw the Shaka and Blinking Eye.  John says he misses his daughter.  We adore you and again thank you for sending us sunshine on a dreary wet Hawaiian day.  

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What inspires you?

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Feb 072017
 

Quilt Designing is always about what inspires you and your story.  6 years ago John created the Cushion/Wall hanging pattern book called the Bible Series, inspired by the flowers and places of the bible.  These patterns were designed as a reflection of hope, peace, love and charity to everyone who quilts its design. 

 

 

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No don’t focus your eyes.

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Feb 052017
 

Another amazing quilt by Pat. The beauitful Rose quilt design by John using a variegated fabric.  

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Doing it right will save time and make your quilting easier.

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Feb 022017
 

Prepping your large quilt for quilting by layering your backing fabric, batting and top fabric can be overwhelming.  Take your time and by using the grid basting procedure it will stop your batting from shifting and stop your quilt backing from puckering.  Joyce the quilt is beautiful I can’t wait to see it quilted.  Monsterra Design by John Serrao.  Applique by Joyce Kuwada.

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Show And Tell Again….

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Feb 012017
 

Yep, I just can’t help myself. I had this on my FACEBOOK page but I just had to share it again.  Pat’s amazing money tree quilt.  A John design of course and I sincerely believe one of his best and we can’t forget Pat’s awesome quilting.   She did this quilt in record time too. Oh and the design, in  Hawaii we call this the Money Tree but it’s not really a Money tree. It was given that name when it was first planted outside of Bishop Bank in downtown Hilo back in the 1920’s.  

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Makes you want to hulahula.

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Jan 312017
 

Our Toshie is quite small in stature BUT she loves making those large King and Queen size quilts. This quilt depicts the many hula implements dancers use when dancing the hula.  An amazing personal design by John Serrao for our amazing Certified instructor Toshie. 

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Magic Right Before Your Eyes.

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Jan 302017
 

  Watching a quilts beauty unfold before your eyes is amazing.  From Cutting, basting, applique to quilting it is Magic. The Woodrose.  

 

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Takako’s Happy Quilt

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Jan 292017
 

Some quilts just make you happy.  This quilt designed by John is actually for a twin size bed but Takako’s going to make a queen size quilt with the pattern. It’s going to be beautiful when complete.  

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2017

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Dec 222016
 

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year and for all of our loyal quilters I uploaded to the Poakalani Stores all 50 states and Washington DC 45″ x 45″ State flower wall hanging patterns. They are beautiful. John did some really amazing designs.  Stay safe and see you in 2017.

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Aloha Everyone, We were all  aware that the Kanaina Building was scheduled for renovations a year ago.  We are closer to the renovation date so we will be on a week to week notice for the quilting classes.  Please keep checking weekly for an updated status.  We will be there through the month of March but haven't gotten any update for the month of April.  We have found a temporary home when the renovations begin and will let you know when the time gets closer.. Thank you for your patience.   Cissy

Please mark your calendar NO Class March 4, 2017 & March 25, 2017.

December 19, 2016December 19, 2016
March 4 the Palace will be using the hall for a special function. March 25 - We're off to Las Vegas for 5 days.