We have a side room in the quilting class called the “overflow” room. When the main room fills to capacity the “overflow” room is used. Well, in the past few months we’ve had to use the “overflow” room We love it that there are so many wanting to quilt Hawaiian. They age from 9 – 83. Great classes, amazing quilters and friends.
Another amazing quilt for the Honolulu Festival. The pattern was designed by John almost 10 years ago and finally quilted by Takako Jenkins. Na Koa – The Guardian—Symbols of the Ti Leaf, War Club to the Warriors Helmet. A strong quilt of protection. Takako John Says thank you. 1/2 Fold, 45″ x 60″.
It’s official we’re back again at the Honolulu Festival 2018. We’re excited to display quilts made by the members of the Poakalani Quilting Family. It’s going to be another amazing show. So mark your calendar and visit us at the festival. Food, cultural displays and entertainment. Until then enjoy this amazing quilt by one of the students of Naomi who teaches in Kobe. Great job student and Kumu Naomi.
…just ask Ali. A personal design by John and wow it’s absolutely beautiful why because Ali did an amazing job with the applique and quilting.
Congratulations Carla who made this amazing wall hanging and cushion top for a fundraising raffle. What an amazing surprise it would be to win one of these. You’re always giving. I’m glad you enjoy coming to our classes because we really enjoy having you.
You can choose to either cut the excess fabric around the edge of the quilt to make a smaller quilt, or keep the edge and have an amazing echo quilted border or actually add another design. I love the new addition to the sunflower quilt. Great choice Takako.
So during one of John’s creative moments he designed 6 amazing circular patterns. I believe they are some of his best designs and many others also agree but during this creative moment he randomly gave away the original designs(I think we have copies, no sure yet) So it’s always a surprise when someone comes to the class and opens up the quilt they’re working on and finding one of the circular designs. The Ipu(Gourd) quilt designed by John Serrao a work in progress by Pineapple Keiko. Amazing colors.
I’ve always wondered how many patterns John created with the same theme. The monsterra is always popular, the hibiscus, Heliconia and especially the pineapple but with the recent voyage of the Hokulea… it has now become one of popular designs to quilt. Tomiko’s (on the left) Hokulea wall hanging. Loving those dolphins in the waves. Using not only the technique of needle turn applique but also reverse applique. Can’t wait to see it completed.
One of John’s circle designs. Not easy to lay out but when it’s all done WOW. Great job Hiromi. Plumeria Design.
It is believed that under the Bodhi Tree Lord Buddah received enlightenment, but finding a Bodhi Tree in Hawaii is quite rare. So John with creative assistance from Doris created this Hawaiian quilt pattern of the Bodhi Tree. Doris believes that quilting this design will bring her peace and tranquility. An amazing design for an amazing lady.
…we will see everyone back on November 25. In the meantime enjoy a few quilts from our past Saturday class. Great ladies and beautiful projects in progress and on their way to becoming heirloom masterpieces.
About a month ago John created a series of circular full size 90″ x 90″ Hawaiian quilt designs. His intention was to place it on the commercial market for sale but after designing this particular circular Hawaiian Fish Hook pattern he said it’s already spoken for someone special. So when we were packing for the Yokohama Quilt Show he folded up the quilt pattern and packed it in his bag. On the first day of the Yokohama Quilt Show John actually gave the pattern to one of our quilters FOR HER HUSBAND, who we nicknamed Lucky Charm. So unexpected and laughable because we knew she would be the quilter in this amazing gift. Yesterday at our Saturday quilt class at the Iolani Palace Mie showed us the beautiful design in fabric, cut and basted and ready for applique and what an amazing design it is. Her Lucky Charm Yoshi loves it and so do we.
Thank you Lauren for the amazing article in the November/December issue of “Love of Quilting” magazine. Thank you for showcasing our amazing quilters. They’re the best cultural keepers of Hawaiian Quilting and so are you.
Today at quilting class I assisted Dianna from Arizona in laying our her Coral and Fish design by John Serrao. She was unhappy with her colors of Peach on a very light Peach and had preferred a blue backing. I also preferred a blue backing so we scrambled in class and came back with two different color blues to compare the difference. But guess what happened everyone liked the peachy backing but I think a lighter blue than the ones shown would also work for the quilt. She’s still searching for the right backing. What do you think?