Dec 182014
 

kimichristmasKimi’s Christmas  Wreath 2014 – Beautiful, Amazing and Stunning.

Kimi is one of our Kupulau(Master Certified Hawaiian Quilt  Instructor) she teaches in Nagoya, Japan and  an expert not only in Hawaiian quilting but also Hawaiian quilt designing.  

 

 

 

 Posted by at 12:32 pm
Dec 152014
 

Sunflower pattern designed using the 1/4 fold instead of the 1/8 fold.  This type of fold is used  more often when creating patterns for the 45″ x 60″ wall hanging and the 60″ x 90″ twin size bed.

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Sunflower 45″ x 45″ Wall hanging

 Posted by at 8:36 pm
Dec 142014
 

The Poakalani Family wishes all of you a very Merry Christmas and an amazing New Year.

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Poakalani Hawaiian Quilting Class Christmas Photo

 

…and to all of our quilters thank you for an unbelievable year.   From our March Quilt show at the Honolulu Festival to our daily classes everyone has been only kind and wonderful.  Thank you for helping us to perpetuate an amazing tradition. We look forward to next year when we visit Yokohama, Japan in October  for the “Na Kupulau O Poakalani” quilt exhibition. Sponsored by 22 of Poakalani’s Certified Instructors.

John, Tuffy,  and Cissy

 

 Posted by at 4:37 pm
Dec 112014
 

Yuko's PillowsYuko I just had to post your photo from Facebook to my website.  Bored on Molokai but look at those amazing Hawaiian Quilt Pillows.  They are beautiful.  You need to open a shop.

 

Yuko originally from Japan now lives with her husband on Molokai Island.  She is a Poakalani Certified Instructor and amazing friend. 

 Posted by at 7:00 am
Dec 092014
 
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Ti Leaf – Hawaii’s Good Luck Plant

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Kukui Nut

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Prior to 1972 only large Hawaiian Quilt patterns could be found.  When you attended your first  quilting class a large queen size pattern  and even king size patterns was your first introduction to Hawaiian quilting.  In 1972  John and Poakalani decided to design smaller patterns for the beginner quilter.  Inspired from the larger quilt patterns from Poakalanis grandmother  the smaller quilt patterns became very popular.  Today in most quilting classes especially ours everyone starts with a cushion pattern before cutting out the larger quilt.  Today, the smaller patterns not only make cushions  for our living room  but “Art On The Wall”.   Designed by John Serrao

 Posted by at 8:51 pm
Dec 052014
 

Cherry Blossom Quilt by Certified Instructor Kimi Kumagai shows another type of Contemporary Hawaiian quilting technique called reverse applique.  While reverse applique is used in traditional Hawaiian quilting to accent flowers and leaves in this quilt it is only reverse applique that is shown.  The Beautiful Cherry Blossoms slowly falling under the evening sky. Designed and Quilted by Kimi Kumagai. 90″x 90″

 

Kimi is one of our favorite quilters. She has been able to convey the art of Hawaiian quilting through many different techniques and incorporate not only Hawaiian themes but themes and traditions from her homeland.  She learned to quilt from Poakalani and designing from John Serrao.  She is currently teaching in Nagoya, Japan. 

Dec 022014
 

Aloha to our Quilting Family and I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving but Christmas is just around the corner and you know what that means… It’s time for our annual Poakalani Quilting  Class Christmas Party. Please mark your calendar,  it’s next week Saturday  December 13th at 10:00am at the Old Archives Building. No class just holiday singing, games, food and presents. Don’t’ forget to bring a hot dish or dessert to  share(Potluck) and a grab bag gift priced no higher than $15.00.  Any questions please give me a call 808-223-1108.  And yes John will be there with his  quilt patterns.

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 Posted by at 9:34 pm
Nov 302014
 

PATORCHID  I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted but if I’m not posting I’m doing a lot of  work behind the scenes .  First congratulations to Pat on her awesome orchid quilt.  Second, I’ve also added Pat’s Quilt Gallery under Quilt For Sales if anyone is interested in purchasing a Made In Hawaii Quilt. We’re lucky to have Pat who makes quilts not only for family and friends but the general public. Great Job Pat!

 Posted by at 10:03 pm
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

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Christmas Party

Yep it's that time of the year again...PaRTy...pARty...PArTY...  Christmas Party December 13 at the Old Archives Building 10:00am.  Not 9:00 not 9:30 but 10:00am. Bring a hot dish, or dessert to share and a grab bag  gift priced no higher than $15.00.  NO class just holiday singing, games and presents.

Honolulu Festival Update

Okay here is the update.  It is probably 90% confirmed that we will not be part of  Honolulu Festival 2015.  Due to a few changes it seems that the quilt exhibit will not be part of the Festival.  I'm sad especially for our quilters who've worked so hard on their wall hangings.  I'm just waiting for the final confirmation.  Sorry for the sad news but we will go on quilting.

New Website-Update 10-22-14

...Hope you're enjoying the new look.  I'm still migrating the data  but was finally able to switch my domain from poakalaniblogs to poakalani.net.  That took a while and a lot of help and chats with my domain companies.  If you have any concerns or questions regarding the new website please let me know.  Thank you for your patience.   10/22/14 Added Free Birth Month Flowers  

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.