3 more days…. March 10-11

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Mar 072018
 

…and we’ll be at the Honolulu Festival at the Honolulu Convention Center showcasing our students quilts.  It’s going to be “Great”. Until then enjoy this completed wall hanging from my dear friend Sabine in Germany.  Amazing Plumeria Quilt.  Hawaiian Quilting can be found even in Germany. Thank you Sabine for sending the picture.

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Hokulea….

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Dec 042017
 

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.

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One of the Best Quilting Instructors I Know.

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Jun 252017
 
Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise

Tomiko lives in Kobe, Japan and we had the amazing opportunity to meet 20 years ago when she first started attending Poakalani’s Hawaiian quilting class when  we were teaching at the Queen Emma Summer Palace.   I am honored and humbled to call Tomiko my sister of the heart.  She is one of the best appliquer and quilter of Hawaiian quilting. She is also known for her binding and unique quilting lines that she uses to enhance her quilts.  If you ever have a chance to take classes from her you can say you are learning from one of the BEST.  

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It’s been a Monsterra kind of year….

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Apr 302017
 

Maybe it’s the beauty of those large distinctive leaves that makes it a very popular Hawaiian quilt pattern.  Only five months into to 2017 and John has already designed over 10 Monsterra designs.  All beautiful.  Enjoy Jeannie and Chiyo.  

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Maile Ilima always a favorite design….

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Mar 222017
 

and original design that just makes you want to smile.  The  maile only found in the hidden recess of our forests and the intertwined ilima with more than a thousand blossoms needed to make one lei.  It’s going to be beautiful when completed.  Truly a work of art.  

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I love this quilt sooooo much that I’m reposting…

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Mar 202017
 

So Pat has this amazing friend since forever and her forever friend buys her fabric in Tasmania while traveling through there.  So what’s Pat suppose to do. Well, make a quilt of course.  Scrap fabric turns into….tada.. a  beautiful Kukui Nut Wall hanging. Circle Me Silly.:-) Amazing Pat.  Congratulations….and for those of you who don’t know Pat. She makes and sells commissioned Hawaiian Quilts.  

 

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Hawaiian Quilting A Labor of Love

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Nov 162016
 
Norma's quilt pattern

John helps Norma to create her pattern.

No one said it was going to be easy but when all is done it’s going to be an amazing quilt.

NOrma's Sealife

Wow the hard part, joining fabric and cutting the pattern.

Norma's Sealife

With a little help, laying out the design on the background fabric.

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Ikumi’s Dove Orchid Hawaiian Quilt

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Oct 162016
 

ikumiJohn doesn’t design birds because every time he designs a Hawaiian quilt with  birds  the quilter, John likes to say, flies or moves back to the mainland.  So no birds and no leaving but he designs orchids even dove orchids breaking that kapu.  Congratulations Ikumi for a beautiful quilt.  I hope you quilt with us for a very long time. Designed by John Serrao

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No Class July 21 Celebrate the Prince Lot Hula Festival

May 24, 2018
...on the grounds of the Iolani Palace.  Please mark your calendars and we'll see everyone back at class on July 28.