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
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
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
To 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.
Many 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.
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″
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
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.
Documenting 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
Anthurium’s a favorite flower for many because of its distinctive heart shaped leaves. After doing the graphics for this quilt I must say it’s going to be one of my favorites. Pattern: 22″x22″ Design by John Serrao
Not John’s usual motif but I was looking for a pattern for the St. Valentines Day Holiday. I actually have 3 more to post which he designed. I like this one but its not what I like but what you like as the quilter.
Pattern 22″ x 22″ Designed by John Serrao