Another beautiful quilt by Pat… An amazing quilter and designer.
earning new things everyday. The Fuki a butter bur the flower for the Akita Prefecture. What an amazing and distinct leaf.
I guess I should be happy that we got the humidity and not the hurricane. Now we all can sleep comfortably knowing that Hawaii has dodged another storm. To all our quilters from the Kumamoto prefecture your designated flower the Gentian. A beautiful flower that makes a very beautiful Hawaiian quilt design. 45″ x 45″
Thank you Kumu Yuko for letting us have a sneak peek of your quilt to be displayed in the Yokohama 2015 Na Kupulau Poakalani Quilt Exhibit. So beautiful. Whales and Fishes. It’s going to be an amazing show. I can’t wait.
Did you know that John was raised with flowers and blossoms. His mother as well as her sisters owned and worked at the lei stands at the airport. John was the plumeria picker, orchid plucker as well as stringer of those beautiful leis. He always talked about waking up in the early morning to gather the flowers before going to school. After school he was either making deliveries and/or cleaning the expansive floral gardens of his home. This is why I believe John has a special connection to flowers and blossoms. While he was raised with the Hawaiian blossoms his love for foreign blossoms amazes him especially Hiroshima’s designated flower the Oleander.
It has been a long, hot and humid summer. Counting down the days until we leave for Yokohama. I’m hoping it will be much cooler there than here in the islands. 92 degrees at 7PM but seeing friends and family in October will be a welcomed journey. To our friends in the Yamaguchi Prefecture here is your designated flower… the blossom of the Natsumikan. (Mandarin Blossom). John made this design using the quarter fold versus the an eighth fold.
Yes, we’re going to Yokohama, Japan on October 11 for an amazing quilt exhibit from October 14-19. 21 Certified Poakalani Hawaiian Quilt Instructors will be showcasing their quilts in this Hawaiian Quilt ONLY quilt exhibit. All the quilts are designed by John and of course some from Tutu Correa. We’re excited and to show our appreciating John has designed 47 – 45″ x 45″ Floral Hawaiian quilt designs for the 47 Japan prefectures.
To all of our friends in the Shimane Prefecture your designated flower the Mountain Peony.
Linda’s next project. The Breadfruit-Ulu design. Hopefully it will live up to its tradition of bringing prosperity to one’s home. Design by John Serrao
Note from Pat: Here’s the latest…it’s called a “reverse” quilt because the pattern is actually cut from the top fabric, sort of like a silhouette, rather than the pattern being cut, then sewn on top of the fabric (sorry, I probably didn’t explain things too clearly, haha). At any rate, this is more difficult to do, as you have to sort of “think backwards” when you are cutting. All of the colored fabrics are actually under the tan fabric. I had the idea for the pattern from seeing a croton bush along my walking route. After trying to draw it for our artist John Serrao, I finally said…”can you design a pattern from this idea?”, and this is what he came up with…genius! I’ll post a picture of the actual croton bush so you can see the challenge he faced. It was his idea to add the green ti leaf design, and I think it was a good one. Many thanks, John!
Lorraine’s and Tomiko’s Tulip quilts waiting to be appliqued and quilted. Designed by John Serrao