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?
Tutu Caroline Correia, Poakalani’s Grandmother was also an avid Hawaiian quilter. Born in 1886 she moved from Ka’u on Hawaii Island to Honolulu when she was only 12. Soon after married at a very young age started her family and began her quilting passion. Poakalani often spoke of her home being full with women quilting and sharing stories. Two quilt designs in this past Yokohama exhibit was from Tutu Correia’s pattern collection. Enjoy the old styling of the Traditional Hawaiian designs. Thank you to Kimi and Tomoko for quilting patterns from her collection. Beautiful designs, beautiful quilts… Made by Beautiful Ladies
Real Proud of our family of quilters on Oahu and in Japan for one of the best Hawaiian Quilt Exhibits. Thank you for taking care of us in Yokohama and thank you for your gift of aloha the “Olympic Quilt.” Cut and basted in Japan, appliqued on Oahu and returned and quilted in Japan. It was an amazing surprise for John and the quilt is beautiful. But most of all thank you for quilting the Traditional Hawaiian Way. Share it with the world so it will continue on. We ♥ all of you.
We’re home from the most amazing Hawaiian quit exhibit held in Yokohama, Japan… and here are a few quilts we wanted to share with you.
It was a huge undertaking that started back in 2012 when we first attempted to have all Eight Hawaiian Islands represented in our 2014 Hawaiian Quilt Exhibit at the Honolulu Festival. Eight volunteers came forward to make Six 90″x 90″ Island patterns designed by John Serrao and two Designed by Certified Poakalani Teachers Kimi Kumagai and Nobuko Nakagawa. All designated island flowers in their designated island colors. Unfortunately at the 2014 Hawaiian Quilt Exhibit we were missing 1 island. It was a huge disappointment. So in 2016 after the theme was decided for the 2017 Yokohama Quilt Exhibit, which were the prefecture flowers of Japan, we again decided again to showcase the Hawaiian Island Quilts unfortunately now the Big Island of Hawaii quilt was no longer available as well as the Oahu Ilima, and of course poor Kahoolawe still needed to be completed. So again three ladies volunteered to complete the missing quilts but this time they only had one year and they did it in record time. So after many years we were finally able to have a quilt exhibit with all eight quilts representing the eight islands and their designated flowers. We also added the Hawaiian Flag Quilt by Tomiko Okada to complete this section of the exhibit. Please enjoy the beautiful quilts of Hawaii. All in their island colors as well as flowers. Thank you to all the ladies…Mie Tashiro, Yoshimi Suzuki, Takako Jenkins, “Hana” Yoko Nakamura, Chikako Asano, Kimi Kumagai, and Nobuko Nakagawa who volunteered their time, money and labor to make this quilt exhibit successful. Our awesome ladies. Sorry everyone these patterns are personal designs and not available on the commercial market
We’ve had one of the busiest years…ever but we all can count on Pat to focus and make us proud. Another quilt by Pat. The amazing and beautiful Hapu’u fern. Those amazing leaves that unfurl into a larger leaf. Congratulations
” Na Pua O Pu’u Wai” Flowers of The Heart Hawaiian Quilt Exhibit”. 47 Prefecture Flower Design Quilts and more… lots more. It’s going to be amazing. Our certified instructors and some of their students will displaying “NEW” quilts. 3 Generations of Quilters. Master Quilter Kupuna John, His students and now their students… We’re so proud.
Yes, off to Las Vegas for the Pacific Islander Festival. Two days of sharing the art of Hawaiian Quilting in Henderson, NV. It’s going to be great fun…
…okay not so blue but oh so warm. Humidity in the islands these past few weeks have been record breaking. So put your quilting aside and applique is the name of the game. Our Bible Series with designs of flowers mentioned in the Bible and found throughout the regions where Christianity was born.
…In the year 1820 on the Brig “Thaddeus” a meeting between the missionary women and several high ranking wives of Kamehameha I gathered to what is known today as the first quilting circle. It was the start of an amazing cultural art that is still practiced today. The missionaries also brought with them a new religion and the teachings of the Bible. With the Bible the Hawaiian were introduced to amazing stories of far off places, people and especially the three divine virtues of hope, love and charity. This book is dedicated to all those who find comfort in the “Word” .
The amazing designs of Kumu Tomoko. My heart dances when I see Hawaiian quilting being taught around the world.
It’s been a busy year so again sad to say there will be no class on August 5 and we’ll see everyone back on August 12. But I’ll leave you with this amazing applique by Susan. Ti Leaf design with a floating lei ready to be quilted.
Adapting to change is never easy. Traditionally all Hawaiian quilts were made for beds. In the early 1900’s if you were going to learn to make a Hawaiian quilt you actually started with a larger bed size quilt. (Hence the many unfinished closet quilts)It was only during the 1970’s when a few quilt designers(including John) finally adapted and created quilt patterns for the smaller cushions and wall hangings. Today with many changes to home decors many people are now completing their homes and bedrooms with bed runners which has now become another standard size of patterns for the commercial market. Congratulations Pat 🙂 for the amazing Bed Runner for one of your commissioned clients. So Beautiful. Anyone wanting a commissioned quilt or hoping to finally complete a closet quilt contact Pat for some really amazing quotes. http://poakalani.net/quilts-pat/