Pepeluali – February the month of true love.

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Jul 262014
 

Hearts and Roses


The symbol of hearts and roses has always been associated with Love, Valentines Day and of course the month of February.  John designed this quilt in honor of the month of February as part of our Holiday Series.

Pattern: 45″x 45″ Designed and Copyright by John Serrao

Learn how to say Happy Valentines Day in Hawaiian

 

http://www.govisithawaii.com/2013/02/11/how-to-say-happy-valentines-day-in-hawaiian/

 

Kaipaupau Papa – Island Reef

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Jul 262014
 
Ocean Reef

Memory quilts are those that are designed about  a special memory that one holds dear.  This pattern was created when John was reminiscing about the old days and  diving among the reefs on the North Shore of Oahu.  From the eels, to the turtles and manta ray memories of old, like a picture taken in time can be made into some beautiful Hawaiian quilts.

Pattern:  90″x 90″ Designed and Copyright by John Serrao

Kumulaau O Hale Alii O Iolani

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Jul 252014
 

Banyan TreeHawaiian Floral

Quilting at the Kanaina Building on the grounds of the Iolani Palace has always been the best part of our class and we are so lucky to have called this our home for over 10 years. From the Ti Leaf plants that graces the royal grounds to the tall majestic palm and Monkey Pod trees this truly is a beautiful and sacred place. Quilts designed for landmarks was a common theme on many of the old vintage quilts. 90″ x 90″  Designed by John Serrao

Heleconia Liliha

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Jul 222014
 

Heleconia


Heleconia

Flowers were a common theme for Hawaiian Quilt Designs.  The Heleconia with its strong sturdy flowers graced the Hawaiian islands with its many varieties and colors but  this quilt was designed for the many Heleconia’s found in the Liliha area of Honolulu

Pattern:  90×90 Designed by John Serrao

Outrigger Canoe

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Jul 192014
 

outriggerfulloutrigger

Years ago while traveling to Jacobs Pillow in Massachusetts we had the opportunity to go canoeing on one of the many lakes in the area. Upon reaching the lake and preparing to board the canoe we saw that a major part of the canoe was missing, THE OUTRIGGER. We Hawaiians have Outriggers on our canoes to help with the balance and stability of the canoe on rough waters. While we did go canoeing and had a fun experience it was nice to come home to our Outrigger canoes in Hawaii. John designed this quilt to document the Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe as a symbol of travel.

Pattern – 45″x45″   Designed and Copyright by John Serrao/js634-bk6

Ti Leaf

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Jul 102014
 

Ti Leaf

Ti Leaf

The Ti Leaf was always an overlooked Hawaiian Quilt Design.  Many quilters instead created patterns for the beautiful scented flowering plants like the plumeria and Hibiscus. But if you look deeply into the meaning of the Ti Leaf and it’s many uses you would understand that this design should be made for everyone’s home. The Til Leaf symbolizing blessings to your home and family as well as to ward off bad intentions and spirits.  It is still widely used by many ministers , clergy and Hawaiian spiritual advisers during blessing ceremonies.

Pattern 90″x 90″ Designed by John Serrao

Needing the “Luck Of The Irish” to stay ahead of “Awesome” John

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Jul 092014
 

Luck of the IrishDocumenting old patterns while “Awesome” John is still creating new designs can be trying but I’m not going to complain when he can come up with some real creative designs. This design is still traditionally Hawaiian because the pattern is created in a 1/8 fold BUT stretch the imagination and anything is possible.  From the florals of Hawaii to the legends of Ireland.  Enjoy our quilt pattern from our Holiday Series for St. Patricks Day.  I do believe legends have it that the wee Leprechauns were related to our wee people of Hawaii.  The Menehune.

Pattern 22″ x 22

Designed and Copyright by John Serrao

Lehua Nani

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Jul 042014
 

Lehua

Lehua

Johns love for his island home always inspires him to design patterns depicting the many distinctive

features of each individual island.  The Lehua Trees grows abundantly in the dense forest along the Fire and Lava on the Big Island of Hawaii. Strong and Sturdy it is the designated flower for for the Big Island. .Pattern: 45″x 45″ Design and Copyright John Serrao

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March 4th Class Venue Change

February 28, 2017February 28, 2017
Our March 4th Class will be held at the Bishop Museum Atherton Halau.  Join us there for a little quilting. 

Building Renovation Kanaina Building

February 19, 2017February 19, 2017
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 March 25, 2017.

December 19, 2016December 19, 2016
March 25 - We're off to Las Vegas for 5 days.