Lily Pond

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Sep 082014
 

Lily Pond

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The Lily Pond is starting to become a very popular quilt design not because of it’s lilies and lotus blossoms but it’s Japanese Carp and their rainbow colors. 90″ x90″  Designed by John Serrao

Did you know that the most expensive Koi Carp sold for over 2 million dollars.  Beautiful on a quilt but very expensive to purchase.  Read more about that rainbow color fish.  http://molometer.hubpages.com/hub/Koi-Carp-An-Ancient-Long-Lived-Ornamental-Fish

Bible Series – 22″ x 22″

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Sep 072014
 

Every two years we hold a quilt exhibit in conjunction with the Honolulu Festival. It’s an amazing partnership where we can showcase our students quilts at Hawaii’s premier venue, The Hawaii Convention Center.  As part of  the  quilt show the quilters work on special themed quilts or we introduce new patterns.  This past quilt show in March 2014 John created the Bible Series patterns;  plants mentioned in the Bible and popular in the Middle East.

 

Saffron

Saffron

Pomegranate

Pomegranate

Olive

Olive

Oleander

Oleander

Myrtle

Myrtle

Mustard Seed

Mustard Seed

Lily

Lily

Laurel

Laurel

Hyacinth

Hyacinth

Henna

Henna

Grapes

Grapes

Fig

Fig

Crocus

Crocus

Chamomile

Chamomile

Caperberry

Caperberry

Bulrush

Bulrush

Anemone

Anemone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Poakalani Quilting Family – Honolulu Festival March 2014

Cup Of Gold

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Sep 062014
 

Cup of Gold

The Cup of Gold is also known as the Golden Chalice Vine or Hawaiian Lily.  Read more about this amazing vine and why it’s one of Cissy’s favorite flowers. 90″ x 90″  Design by John Serrao   http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2006/Apr/07/il/FP604070322.html

Cup Of Gold

The first time I really noticed this vine was in 2012 when I visited Allerton Gardens on Kauai with friends.  This vine was growing on a tree that was more than 30 feet tall.

Pake Mango – Chinese Mango

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Sep 042014
 

Chinese Mango

The number 88 is considered Good Luck to the Chinese and Chinese Mangoes  grows abundantly in the yards of many  island homes.  A quilt pattern of 88 mangoes makes for  good fortune and prosperity in your home.

Bombucha Mango

Read about the Bombucha Mango’s  http://tastyislandhawaii.com/2010/07/17/bombucha-mango/

Legend of the Ulu

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Sep 022014
 

Ulu - Breadfruit


‘Ulu is associated with many Hawaiian myths and legends.Legend traces its origin to a time of famine when Ku, the god of building and war, buried himself in the earth near his home. He later turned into an `ulu tree so that his wife and children would not starve. Ku had told his wife that a fruit shaped like a man’s head would spring from his body. “My body will be the trunk and branches; my hands will be the leaves; the heart, core, inside the fruit will be my tongue. Roast the fruit, soak it, beat off the skin, eat some yourself, and feed the children.

Designed for the “Legend of the Ulu”, 90″ x 90″ Designed by John Serrao

Hawaiian Myths and Legends http://nadineprice.com/hawaii/plants/myths.html

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Queen Emma’s Garden

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Sep 022014
 

Queen Emma's Garden


Queen Emma’s Garden in Nuuanu was once filled with Torch Gingers and Shell Gingers.  90″ x 90″ Designed by John Serrao

Queen Emma Summer Palace

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before teaching at the Iolani Palace Archives building we were honored to teach for about 13 years at the Queen Emma Summer Palace in Nuuanu.  Located in lush Nuuanu Valley many of John’s quilt designs are memories of those amazing quilting mornings.

http://www.onlyinhawaii.org/queen-emmas-summer-palace-hawaii/

Na Keiki o Kahakai

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Sep 022014
 

Na Keiko O Kahakai


The child of the sea…Dolphins and Turtles.  90″ x 90″ Designed by John Serrao

Naia- Dolphins

Many tales speak of how the dolphins came to the rescue of many swimmers in distress in our Hawaiian Oceans.  Friends to our island people the dolphins are forever loved as a guardian, friend and child of the sea.  Read more about our Friends of the Sea.

http://www.wildhawaii.org/marinelife/dolphins.html

Elsie’s Garden

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Sep 012014
 

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Heleconia Garden – Inspired by our quilter Elsie who loves to share with us her garden stories and who inspired John to create this pattern.  90″x 90″  Designed by John Serrao Personal Design

 One of my favorite places to visit when I’m on Hawaii island is the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.  After you visit this amazing garden it will be your favorite too.  All you floral photographers bring extra batteries for your camera’s.

Alena

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Sep 012014
 

Part of John’s Native Hawaiian Plants Series  The Alena,  a native  medicinal plant was used as a diuretic for the Hawaiian people and also eaten as a famine food. 90″ x 90″  Designed by John Serrao.

Kanaha Beach on Maui is home to many things native Hawaiian from plants, insects, birds, fish to corals and limu’s. If you have the time and love everything Hawaiian this is the place to visit.  http://www.hear.org/naturalareas/kanahabeach/#plants

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Building Renovation Kanaina Building – Update May, 2017

February 19, 2017February 19, 2017
Aloha Everyone, We were all  aware that the Kanaina Building was scheduled for renovations a year ago.  We are now getting 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 at the Iolani Palace  through the month of June but haven't gotten any update for the month of July.  We have found a temporary home at the Bishop Museum when the renovations begin and will let you know when the time gets closer.. Thank you for your patience.   Cissy