Whales in Motion

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Feb 282015
 

Whales In Motion

Lei Niho Palaoa

Hawaiian Women Wearing Lei Niho Palaoa

Whales in Motion –  John’s newest Sea life design for our amazing ocean friends.  45″ x 45″  Designed by John Serrao

The Hawaiian word for whale is “Palaoa”  It is also the name of the Hawaiian neck ornament used by the Hawaiian chiefs. The ivory hook on the lei/necklace is called the “Niho Palaoa”  because it is made out of the tooth of the whale suspended by braided strands of human hair.  Worn by the chiefs to ward of any evil intentions of visitors and families. 

 

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Everyone Quilt Has A Story…Especially John Stories

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Feb 222015
 
Shaka

45″ x 45″ Designed by John Serrao

This past Friday was an amazing day for our family.  We went to the Hukilau Market Place in Laie to see the unveiling of our great-uncle Tutu Hamana’s statue at the entrance of the Polynesian Cultural Center.  Tutu Hamana was  known in his hometown  for not only his active role in the first Hukilau but the true originator of Hawaii’s famous “Shaka, Hang Loose, Right On” Sign.  In honor of this event John created this design for his and our Tutu Hamana. Can You find the Shaka Sign On the quilt?

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Tutu Hamana

 

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Some of the family. John is under Tutu’s shaka Sign. The rest of the family are taking photo’s of the family.

 

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Where I Live There Are Rainbows

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Feb 182015
 

Where I Live There Are Rainbows.

One of my favorite quilts depicting my Hawaii.  Palm trees, Canoes and Rainbows.  Quilted by Takako Jenkins. Designed by John Serrao 90″ x 90″.

 

Before designing a quilt John always asks the quilter, “What is Your Story” and from there he is able to design quilts depicting a magical place in time, a favorite flower and even dreams for the future.  This quilt shows Takako’s love for Hawaii.

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The Paper Pattern

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Feb 112015
 

Paper PatternAfter designing your pattern sometimes it’s a good idea to cut it out on paper first before cutting it out on fabric. That way you can see the full design, double check the size, and also make any changes.

When John first started designing he used masking tape to join newsprint  paper to the size of the actual quilt.  45″ x 45″, 90″x 90″ even 108″ x 108″. He would then fold the large paper to it’s 1/8 fold and  design the pattern.  When that step was completed he  had the ladies cut out the whole 1/8 paper pattern and then  finding any open floor space opened the pattern to it’s full design(this was a great practice time to show the quilters how to lay out the quilt).  At this time he and the ladies were able to see the pattern opened to its full design.  We got our newsprint paper from Hawaii Hochi and purchased their end rolls.  Today we use less paper and mirrors.

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For Valentines Day

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Feb 102015
 

cupidThe Cupid Quilt,  designed and quilted by Sophie Ventura. As you can see there is no symmetrical design, just cupid and hearts placed on a background fabric  and than  sewn and quilted  by machine.  Aunty Sophie made this quilt in one day as a gift for her husband.  Yes, she made it the day before Valentines day and finished it, but it’s an amazing quilt capturing  an expression  of love for her husband.

 

This quilt was part of our Family Quilt Show held at  the Mission Housed Museum almost twenty years ago. Those two little girls in the photo are my nieces who are all grown up.

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Renovation Update

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Feb 092015
 
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Renovation Update

The renovations of the archives building(where we quilt) is tentatively  scheduled to begin in May.  Because it’s only for a month(I hope) we will be taking a short break/vacation  unless we can find a temporary home during May.  So please check my website and Facebook for any updates.

 

Pictured left: The ladies of the palace taking a short break during quilting class.  They are such amazing ladies.

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Awesome John and his Magic Pencils

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Feb 042015
 

familycollectionmonsterrathumbThe Monsterra a very popular Hawaiian quilt design because of its bold large leaves. Click on the graphic and watch John and his magic pencils create the actual design seen here.  45″ x 45″  Designed by John Serrao from the Poakalani Serrao Family Quilt Collection.

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Don’t Forget – Ka Hui Kapa Apana O Waimea Biennial Quilt Show – This Saturday February 7

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Feb 032015
 

Ka Hui Kapa Apana O Waimea, the oldest Hawaiian quilting club in the islands dedicated to the art of Hawaiian quilting, is hosting its biennial Hawaiian quilt show 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at Mana Christian Ohana (formerly Kahilu Hall) in Waimea.

This free event includes a spectacular display of traditional Hawaiian quilts, an opportunity for pattern tracing, a learn-how station and a craft sale. Come to Waimea for the Cherry Blossom Festival and look for us in the hall behind Kahilu Theater.

For more information, contact Cyndy Martinez at (808) 938-5728.

The Best Show In The Islands

 

**Hawaii Island** We all wish it was on Oahu Island but good time to get away for a day.

 

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Our Colorful Condo

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Feb 022015
 

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We live in a very tiny condo in the area they call Lower Nuuanu and/or Liliha . And because of the lack of space most of Poakalani’s cushion quilts were framed and hung on the wall.  As you can see(sorry about the bad pic, took it at night and my cats love to play with them, hence crooked) there is no empty space on the wall  in the living room, hallway, and three bedrooms. Also my brother is a wonderful artist who also shares wall space with Poakalani.  It’s been my home for over 30 years and every time we say  it’s time to either sell or give the quilts to friends and family it’s to hard to part with it so here they stay. More so now that Poakalani is no longer with us.  Oh and the frames all made by John. Yep he designs and frames too!  Such talent… and no we don’t give tours :-).  The smaller wall hangings make amazing “Art On The Wall.”

 

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Na Pua O Hawaii

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Feb 012015
 

Kahili Ti Leaf

The hibiscus and ti leaf two of Hawaii’s  most recognized native plants.  The Ti Leaf for good luck in the shape of the Kahili and the Hibiscus it’s crowning glory.  45″ x 45″ Designed by John Serrao

The Hawaiians would cut the stalk of the Ti Leaf and curl back the leaves so it would look like the Kahili .  It was beautiful but not as precious as the feathered standards of the Alii.  tileafkahili

Photo by Dennis Fujimoto/Garden Island

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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.