Bachelors Buttons

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Jan 062015
 

Bachelors Buttons

This flower brings back wonderful memories of my grandparents home where the bachelor buttons lined the sidewalk that led to the front porch. 22″ x 22″ Designed by John Serrao

 

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Plant a Ulu(Breadfruit) tree.

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Jan 042015
 

 

Plant a Ulu(Breadfruit) tree at the birth of a child so it will have enough food his whole life. One of many legends associated with the Ulu Tree and that is why many quilters start with the Ulu design first before all others.   22″ x 22″  Designed by John Serrao

 

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Did you know that the Ulu instead of the Taro was the staple of choice for the people of Puna on Hawaii Island.  Because of the type of land found in the area it was the ulu tree that was easier to grow in abundance.  The Puna natives were also able to plant the Ulu in deep holes so that the leaves and fruit grew at ground level to make harvesting easier. Read more about this amazing  Ulu from Puna.  Puna Online

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To Everything There Is A Season

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Jan 032015
 

dorishibiscusTo Everything There Is A Season especially those closet quilts that have sat for years waiting to be dusted off , re-introduced and completed. Today Doris surprised me by showing up at class with her Hibiscus quilt completely appliqued and ready for quilting. After 15 years in the closet this hibiscus quilt will finally begin its finally journey.  Congratulations Doris for giving this quilt its season of completion.  What a beautiful design.  90 x 90 Designed by John Serrao.

I have always loved this quilt because of its double ring hibiscus design. I remember helping Doris lay out the quilt when we taught at the Queen Emma Summer Palace.  I would constantly ask Doris how her Hibiscus quilt was but she was always working on other quilting projects. Today her Hibiscus quilt  is ready for quilting  but as much as I love the this quilt I found  something better,   a close and amazing friend in Doris.

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Genesis 1:1-5 Let There Be Light and There Was Light

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Jan 022015
 

GenesisMany people find comfort in verse and song whiles others in quilting.  So when you  combine what inspires you and your quilting passion surprising things  happens.  Sometimes the designs are not only to show your quilting talent but what gives you breath.  22″ x 22″ Designed by John Serrao

Expand your creativity in design by creating the unusual like the sun, moon and stars instead of your normal flowers and trees. Take that step and dare yourself to be different.

 

 

 

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Morning Glory – Expect Amazing Things and Believe

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Jan 012015
 
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Morning Glory

Happy New Year to Our  Quilting Family.

Hope all of you had a great Christmas and  many blessings to all of you this New Year.  The Poakalani family had a great 2014 and while we expect and even more exciting year in 2015 things happen and we had to accept an unexpected change in our 2015 schedule….sadly we will not be part of the Honolulu Festival in March  due to a few changes,  hopefully we’ll be back in 2016.  It’s actually a blessing because  it gives us more time to prepare for our trip to Japan in October 2015.  More details later on this exciting trip to Yokohama, Japan. Until further notice we’re still having classes at the palace and we’ll let everyone know when we have to make the temporary move. So yes we are expecting amazing things this year and believe it’s going to be fun and awesome for everyone. Design by John Serrao 22″ x 22″

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Dove Orchids

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Oct 032014
 

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John has several rules when designing, and one of those rules is…NO BIRDS..  Every time John designs a bird for a quilter the quilter eventually moves back to the mainland.  So no birds but  then a few days ago he came across this amazing orchid, a dove orchid.  So he followed his own rule of  no birds but instead designed a very beautiful dove orchid.  22″ x 22″ Designed by John Serrao.  Click on the photo for more amazing orchids from the thefeaturecreatured.com

 

Morning Glory – Birthday Flower for the Month of September

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Oct 022014
 

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Morning Glory  – Birthday Flower for the month of September carries the meaning  of simple symbols of affection and love that is continually returned..  22″ x 22″  Designed by John Serrao – Click on the Design for the PDF Pattern

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

Needing the “Luck Of The Irish” to stay ahead of “Awesome” John

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Jul 092014
 

Luck of the IrishDocumenting old patterns while “Awesome” John is still creating new designs can be trying but I’m not going to complain when he can come up with some real creative designs. This design is still traditionally Hawaiian because the pattern is created in a 1/8 fold BUT stretch the imagination and anything is possible.  From the florals of Hawaii to the legends of Ireland.  Enjoy our quilt pattern from our Holiday Series for St. Patricks Day.  I do believe legends have it that the wee Leprechauns were related to our wee people of Hawaii.  The Menehune.

Pattern 22″ x 22

Designed and Copyright by John Serrao

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Building Renovation Kanaina Building

February 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 April but haven't gotten any update for the month of May.  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