Ulu – Breadfruit

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Aug 312014
 

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Ulu - Breadfruit

 

 

The most popular Hawaiian Quilt Design is the Ulu (Breadfruit Design)  Many legends are associated with this fruit but for a Hawaiian quilter it is believed that if you make this design first you will not want for anything in life from food to money.  45″ x 45″ Designed by John Serrao/js666-bk8

Ohelo Berries

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Aug 292014
 

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Ohelo Berries

Ohelo Berries are found mostly in Volcano National Park on Hawaii Island. The berry slightly tart to sweet is a favorite among the locals for jellies and Jams and also loved by Hawaii’s State bird the Nene Goose. 90″ x 90″ Designed by John Serrao – Personal Design

 

 

Legends of the Ohelo Berries

http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2006/May/19/il/FP605190309.html

http://www.botany.hawaii.edu/faculty/bridges/bigisland/species/vacret.htm

 

Anthurium

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Aug 272014
 

Anthurium

Anthuriums have always been a favorite pattern amongst quilters but don’t be fooled by it’s looks many people have problems with circular designs.  Remember one stitch at a time.  Tuck and Sew Tuck and Sew to needle turn those rounded edges. 45″ x 45″  Designed by John Serrao/js664-bk8

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Carnation

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Aug 242014
 

Carnation

Back in my younger days we lived for a very short time on Hooulu street in Kailua.  Our home was a very small 3 bedroom house which had a  short walkway that led from the street to the front door.  John who has a passion for flowers planted carnations in front of the walk near the front door.  When we had visitors they were always greeted to that spicy scent of the carnation .  This quilt and many of John’s other carnation quilts were designed for that small memory in time.  45″ x 45″.  Designed by John Serrao/js676-bk8

Portuguese Culture

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Aug 242014
 

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The “local” culture of the islands is made up of traditions from a  diverse group of people  from the original Hawaiian inhabitants  to the later migrants  from Japan, China, Philippines, Korea, Spain, Norway, Puerto Rico, Russia,  and of course Portugal.  John being half Portuguese was proud of his Portuguese people and what they contributed to the  “unique” island culture from the Ukulele to the Ono foods made in the  outdoor Portuguese oven.  This quilt was designed for the kindred family from the islands of the Azores and Madeira where most of the Portuguese migrants came from. OI!  45″ x 45″ Designed by John Serrao/js644-bk7

      http://www.global-hawaii.com/hawaiiblog/?p=816

Niihau

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Aug 232014
 

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Niihau’s famous seashells the kahelelani, momi, laiki and kamoa are carefully gathered from Niihau’s beaches and crafted into rare and beautiful leis.  This quilt was designed for that rarely seen island, its people and their world class shell leis.  45″ x 45″  Designed by John Serrao./js643-bk7

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http://www.niihauheritage.org/niihau_artisans.htm

Kahili & Fan

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Aug 222014
 

Kahili & Fan

There is a  vintage Hawaiian quilt pattern called the Kahili & Fan that was very popular back in the 1930’s.  John decided to make a smaller version of that original pattern.  The essence of that design is still beautiful and timeless. 45″ x 45″ Designed by John Serrao/js658-bk8

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Ko – Sugar Cane

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Aug 192014
 

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Hawaiian Sugar Cane

We all remember those Keiki Days when our parents would take us on a car ride around the island. If dad started our trip on the west side of the island even before we reached the ocean we  would see miles of Pineapple and Sugar Cane Fields, from the Ewa Plain, Waialua,  to Wahiawa. Today the Sugar Cane and Pineapple Fields are gone and  been replaced by new housing developments but those Keiki Day Memories are still special to us.  90″x 90″ Designed by John Serrao

  Did you know that Sugar Cane is called a Canoe Plant. Read here about Hawaii’s Canoe Plants. http://www.canoeplants.com/ko.html

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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.