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.
… and John would say, “They breathe life and spirit into my designs.”
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.
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.
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.
…in the meantime enjoy this beautiful Monsterra Quilt that John designed for Beth. Her first and hopefully many more. Another personal and wow John Design.
We’re back at the Palace this Saturday. Come and join us for another weekend of Hawaiian Quilting and Congratulations to Rumi who not only finished her Anthurium wall hanging but also laid out and basted her next week. Wow! She’s living her Dream.
Watching a quilts beauty unfold before your eyes is amazing. From Cutting, basting, applique to quilting it is Magic. The Woodrose.
No one said it was going to be easy but when all is done it’s going to be an amazing quilt.
Illinois was settled in 1720 and became a state on December 3, 1818. The violet is the state’s designated flower. Designed by John Serrao. 45″ x 45″
John 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
Most Hawaiian Quilts have center Medallions but every once in while some quilts are designed with only a lei/border missing that center piece. Still Beautiful, just a different style. Enjoy Kimi’s amazing Kalo quilt. The Kalo is our Taro plant which we make Poi. Yokohama Quilt Exhibit 2015. Designed by John Serrao. Personal Design, Private Collection