Yes, it’s been over a month since I’ve updated my website. The business of a new job and many minor mishaps has made it difficult for me to connect with all of you and for that I apologize. December has been overwhelming for us with emotions from missing John to our amazing Christmas Party and Saturday Classes. It’s the Saturday classes that is giving us the steady strength and support these past few months. We are blessed. Please enjoy a few pictures of our classes these past few months. The awesome ladies of the Palace. Let’s continue to Quilt Hawaiian With Aloha.
…on a quilt. Don’t let the large patterns scare you off you also have a choice of making smaller squares which eventually can be joined to make a larger quilt. This quilt designed by John tells of the many medicinal plants used by the Hawaiians for their ailments. They too had their doctors of medicine. 16 squares, 16 stories on 1 quilt. How amazing is that. Appliqued by retired nurse Doris Shibuya. I can’t wait to see the finished quilt.
PaRTy, PaRTy, PaRTy, Yes please mark you calendars. December 8 is our annual Christmas Party From 10:00am-1:00pm. Let’s take a break from class and celebrate friends and family. Don’t forget to bring a Potluck Dish and Grab Bag Gift no more than $20.00.
Now please enjoy this amazing ….it’s a half fold quilt pattern designed by John and brought to life by “Amazing” Pat. Beautiful. Sometimes it’s not always about the pattern but look at the amazing colors and fabrics.
Saturday was an amazing day. We finally laid to rest my dad, kumu John at the family plots in Oahu Cemetery. He is now with mom. Thank you to my amazing family the Serrao’s, Kaleohano’s, Changs, Correa’s especially Aunty Jojo and Uncle David who was there for us. They held our hands while we planned his service. Thank you especially to our dad’s and mom’s family who came in from Hilo, and Molokai. We love all of you.
A special Thank you to my Quilting Family, what would we do without you. You supported us not just during this difficult time but while John struggled through his last days. Thank you for all the refreshments you provided, also coming early to help set up the quilts and take down the quilts and transferring his flowers to the family plots. Special thanks also to those who came in from Canada, California and especially all of John’s Quilting Family from Japan. We are humbled that you made the effort to come to Hawaii and hold our hand during this difficult time. My heart is full.
Mahalo to our cousins, aunties, uncles, hula sisters, friends, co-workers, former co-workers, all of John’s friends and everyone who came to support us. We are so blessed to have all of you in our lives. Also thank you to all who sent e-mails, snail mails, text messages, phone calls and especially those who sent flowers, lei’s and cards at the service. There are no words to express our gratitude and thanks. We are indeed Blessed. Also a special Thank you to the Honolulu Police Department who played their role in honoring dad. Tomorrow we move-on and on Saturday we will be continuing the quilting tradition through all our classes. Let us now celebrate life.
Let’s celebrate the Life of John F. Serrao Sr. Saturday November 3. Oahu Cemetery Chapel 9:00am Services 10:30 Burial To Follow
Let’s also celebrate the continuation of his quilting class.
Today was the first day of Hawaiian Quilting Class at the Iolani Place without John. He had not attended the class for about two months but this was the first class when we realized that he was never to return. Thank you to all the ladies for your comfort and strength. The classes will continue as he wished because through all of us, and with everything he taught us… Yes the Tradition of Hawaiian Quilting Will Continue.
Here are a few quilts completed and proudly displayed today at class.
and magic happens. ” The Hawaiian Quilting Ladies” of the Palace. Here you go ladies a link to the photo to download.
I haven’t been to class in several weeks but these amazing ladies keep quilting their hearts desire. Enjoy a few quilts completed and in progress. I miss these ladies when I’m not there.
…just come early for parking and before the Parade starts. Remember they’ll be closing some of the streets. Let’s also help celebrate the awesome World Champions Little League Team. We are so proud. Now enjoy a re-post of this quilt from Eriko of Niigata.
Due to Hurricane Lane the Iolani Palace will be closed until Monday. Everyone please stay safe. We’ll see all of you next week. Enjoy a few pictures of our amazing quilters.
Yes, it’s the Sun Flower, Quilted by long time Honolulu resident Takako Jenkins and designed by John Serrao. Another keeper.
Sometimes thinking out of the box brings about some amazing designs. John’s designs usually range from the traditional to the whimsical. While I love anything he designs it’s the whimsical that makes me pause, admire and smile. This amazing Octopus Tree design is given its unique characteristic by Pat Gorelangton. While John always makes the patterns it’s Pat who brings it to life. Congratulations Pat another Keeper.
Our hearts are heavy. Next week we’re going to be saying “Until We Meet Again” to our dear friend June Miyasato. If you’ve ever taken a Poakalani Hawaiian Quilting Class then you know June. An integral part of our quilting classes June volunteered and taught along side of us at the Missions Houses Museum, Queen Emma Summer Palace, The Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center and for a little while at the Iolani Palace before retiring from quilting. We would not have been able to teach as many people as we did without her help and because of her Hawaiian Quilting is alive and flourishing. She was an amazing teacher, a dear friend to Poakalani, and part of not only our quilting family but our family. We quilted together, traveled together, and always shared a meal together after the classes. We will miss her. June was 92.