Tutu Caroline Correia, Poakalani’s Grandmother was also an avid Hawaiian quilter. Born in 1886 she moved from Ka’u on Hawaii Island to Honolulu when she was only 12. Soon after married at a very young age started her family and began her quilting passion. Poakalani often spoke of her home being full with women quilting and sharing stories. Two quilt designs in this past Yokohama exhibit was from Tutu Correia’s pattern collection. Enjoy the old styling of the Traditional Hawaiian designs. Thank you to Kimi and Tomoko for quilting patterns from her collection. Beautiful designs, beautiful quilts… Made by Beautiful Ladies
We’re home from the most amazing Hawaiian quit exhibit held in Yokohama, Japan… and here are a few quilts we wanted to share with you.
It was a huge undertaking that started back in 2012 when we first attempted to have all Eight Hawaiian Islands represented in our 2014 Hawaiian Quilt Exhibit at the Honolulu Festival. Eight volunteers came forward to make Six 90″x 90″ Island patterns designed by John Serrao and two Designed by Certified Poakalani Teachers Kimi Kumagai and Nobuko Nakagawa. All designated island flowers in their designated island colors. Unfortunately at the 2014 Hawaiian Quilt Exhibit we were missing 1 island. It was a huge disappointment. So in 2016 after the theme was decided for the 2017 Yokohama Quilt Exhibit, which were the prefecture flowers of Japan, we again decided again to showcase the Hawaiian Island Quilts unfortunately now the Big Island of Hawaii quilt was no longer available as well as the Oahu Ilima, and of course poor Kahoolawe still needed to be completed. So again three ladies volunteered to complete the missing quilts but this time they only had one year and they did it in record time. So after many years we were finally able to have a quilt exhibit with all eight quilts representing the eight islands and their designated flowers. We also added the Hawaiian Flag Quilt by Tomiko Okada to complete this section of the exhibit. Please enjoy the beautiful quilts of Hawaii. All in their island colors as well as flowers. Thank you to all the ladies…Mie Tashiro, Yoshimi Suzuki, Takako Jenkins, “Hana” Yoko Nakamura, Chikako Asano, Kimi Kumagai, and Nobuko Nakagawa who volunteered their time, money and labor to make this quilt exhibit successful. Our awesome ladies. Sorry everyone these patterns are personal designs and not available on the commercial market
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Many Hawaiian quilts tell stories of legends, births, favorite flowers, and even historical events. Some conveys hope. This quilt was designed and quilted by my sister of the heart for John who is going through some difficult health issues. Designed with some elements of the Sumo Yokozuna wrestlers attire it’s Kumu Kimi’s wish that it will bring hope and healing to John. Thank you Kumu Kimi for such an awesome gift of the heart and may it not only ease his pain but comfort his soul.
We had an amazing time laying out this beautiful quilt for a fellow quilter. A great day in many ways. Designed by John.
Congratulations to Maluhia for completing Aunty’s Chrysanthemum Closet Quilt. Generations old and lovingly mended and quilted. Vintage Design Applique by Aunty and Quilted by Maluhia. So Beautiful.
…That it’s time to put away that needle and thread and breakout the sewing machine. Our amazing and wonderful Margaret e-mailed me this photo of her last hand-made quilt. She explained that her fingers are too painful to do any type of hand sewing and quilting. Her story is not the first time I’ve heard it and it won’t be the last. We all get to that stage when our eyesight is not what it use to be and our fingers just won’t make the fine stitches we once knew but it’s okay, the legacy of the many quilts you made will live on for many generations. Margaret’s last quilt is the Kahili, Hawai’s Royal Standards and I heard Margaret has a lucky friend, whose going to receive this quilt. Many aloha and blessings to you Margaret… now get that machine started… Design by John Serrao
…Susie doesn’t this quilt design and colors bring back memories.
Another amazing quilt by Pat. The beauitful Rose quilt design by John using a variegated fabric.
Our Toshie is quite small in stature BUT she loves making those large King and Queen size quilts. This quilt depicts the many hula implements dancers use when dancing the hula. An amazing personal design by John Serrao for our amazing Certified instructor Toshie.
Designed and Quilted by Pat,
Another masterpiece using the Hawaiian Method of Reverse Applique. A secret because today is the first day we saw it. I’m loving this.
Thank you Kumu Yuko for letting us have a sneak peek of your quilt to be displayed in the Yokohama 2015 Na Kupulau Poakalani Quilt Exhibit. So beautiful. Whales and Fishes. It’s going to be an amazing show. I can’t wait.
Linda’s next project. The Breadfruit-Ulu design. Hopefully it will live up to its tradition of bringing prosperity to one’s home. Design by John Serrao
Tomiko’s Lily Pond – A combination of Echo Quilting, Definitive Quilting and those beautiful Moa Waewae(Chicken Feet) Stitch. Tomiko is an amazing quilter, quilt instructor and hanai sister and her quilts are always a masterpiece of design.
While some of us were taking the holiday weekend off Pat was still quilting away. Another amazing quilt by Pat. The breadfruit/ulu design. Legend says that anyone who finishes a ulu quilt they will not want for anything in life. Congratulations Pat.
I”m just calling this the happy quilt because when I look at it I can’t help but smile. Mie was able to use all the leftover scrap fabric from previous quilts. 45″ x 45″ Designed by John Serrao.