Apple Blossoms

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Oct 122016
 

The Apple Blossoms. A favorite flower worldwide especially in Aomori where it produces over 50% of the apple market in Japan. Designed by John Serrao  45″ x 45″amoriappleblossoms

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The 50 States and DC….45″ x 45″ Patterns

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Oct 072016
 
Aloha….  I know it’s been awhile since I wrote on my actual website instead of my Facebook but I have some really amazing patterns to post and share with all of you.  We’ve been busy as you can tell by our Facebook but not to busy to introduce new designs in the coming months. Amazing John has made new designs for each State in the Union but instead of the 22″ x 22″ size these are the 45″ x 45″. Great for Wall hangings.  I’ll also be sharing with you some larger quilt designs.

 

Alabama was settled in 1702 and officially became a state on Dec. 14, 1819.The Camellia is the state’s designated flower.

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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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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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Sunflower

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Dec 152014
 

Sunflower pattern designed using the 1/4 fold instead of the 1/8 fold.  This type of fold is used  more often when creating patterns for the 45″ x 60″ wall hanging and the 60″ x 90″ twin size bed.

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Sunflower 45″ x 45″ Wall hanging

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Home for Winter

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Dec 032014
 

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Every winter the whales come home to Hawaii. This quilt depicts their long journey home to warmer waters.  45″ x 45″ Designed by John Serrao Personal Design

 

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Hanohano O Molokai – Famous is Molokai

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Nov 172014
 

js638-bk7Famous is Molokai and the pua kukui, the flowers of the kukui nut tree which symbolizes light and truth.  This design is for that island where Hawaiian traditions remained undisturbed for many generations.  45″ x 45″ Designed by John Serrao

 

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This island holds a very special place in my heart.  My great-grandfather Elias Poaha was born on Molokai and his family left an amazing legacy on the island.  While our connection to the island is few after four generations the stories my mom spoke about   is very dear to my heart.

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Happy Halloween

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Oct 302014
 

Halloween

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Happy Halloween – No Ghost or Goblins,  just witches  on brooms hoping to have a little pumpkin  for dinner but alas the scarecrow’s taking a stance, ” Away you witches, fly away and be gone”.  45″ x 45″, Designed by John Serrao

Hoe Wa’a

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Oct 292014
 

js635-bk6Canoe Paddling Waikiki Beach Canoe Paddling is one of very few Hawaiian Sports that is competitively practiced today.  Competing in different divisions from Keiki, to High School , as well as adult and Senior canoe clubs it is an amazing sport that is seeped in old Hawaiian traditions.  45″ x 45″  Designed by John Serrao

Yes, John’s design does have sails on his canoe because the canoes were also used for fishing as well as travel. 

Click on the link for an amazing look into Hawaiian Canoe Paddling.  http://www.hawaiilife.com/articles/2012/09/outrigger-canoe-paddling/

Kahili Ginger

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Oct 252014
 

js649-bk7kahiligingerThe Kahili Ginger  is grown through out the Hawaiian Islands but unfortunately it is  highly invasive and is slowly taking over Hawaii’s native plants. It was named the Kahili Ginger because it looked very similar to Hawaii’s Royal Standard. 45″ x 45″  Designed by John Serrao/js649-bk7

 

 

John created this design not only to look like the beautiful Kahili Blossoms but also Hawaii’s Royal Feather Standards.

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Kahili Bearers Queen Liliuokalani’s Funeral Procession

 

Make Man Flower – The Plumeria

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Oct 192014
 

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My mom Poakalani was a great story teller.  She loved to talk about “HER” good old days; especially growing up with her sister Danette and cousin Francene and of course her home on School Street. She would reminisce  about how they would dare each other to walk through Oahu cemetery at night and pick the Make Man flowers that grew there.  Of course my mom would always win because she was never afraid of that cemetery believing her family who were buried there would keep her safe.  And the Make Man(Dead Man) flower… was the plumeria blossoms given that nick name only because it grew in many of the island cemeteries.  45″ x 45″  Designed by John Serrao/ js636-bk6

Lei Okika

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Oct 182014
 

Orchid

Did you know that orchids is one of John’s favorite flowers.  If he could he would grow orchids as a hobby.  Unfortunately his daughter’s cat also loves to eat the orchids.  So the only orchids he grows are the ones on his quilt designs.  45″ x 45″ Designed by John Serrao/js656-bk7

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Building Renovation Kanaina Building – Update May, 2017

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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 June but haven't gotten any update for the month of July.  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