Doing it right will save time and make your quilting easier.

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Feb 022017
 

Prepping your large quilt for quilting by layering your backing fabric, batting and top fabric can be overwhelming.  Take your time and by using the grid basting procedure it will stop your batting from shifting and stop your quilt backing from puckering.  Joyce the quilt is beautiful I can’t wait to see it quilted.  Monsterra Design by John Serrao.  Applique by Joyce Kuwada.

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Show And Tell Again….

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Feb 012017
 

Yep, I just can’t help myself. I had this on my FACEBOOK page but I just had to share it again.  Pat’s amazing money tree quilt.  A John design of course and I sincerely believe one of his best and we can’t forget Pat’s awesome quilting.   She did this quilt in record time too. Oh and the design, in  Hawaii we call this the Money Tree but it’s not really a Money tree. It was given that name when it was first planted outside of Bishop Bank in downtown Hilo back in the 1920’s.  

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Makes you want to hulahula.

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Jan 312017
 

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. 

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Magic Right Before Your Eyes.

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Jan 302017
 

  Watching a quilts beauty unfold before your eyes is amazing.  From Cutting, basting, applique to quilting it is Magic. The Woodrose.  

 

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Takako’s Happy Quilt

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Jan 292017
 

Some quilts just make you happy.  This quilt designed by John is actually for a twin size bed but Takako’s going to make a queen size quilt with the pattern. It’s going to be beautiful when complete.  

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2017

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Dec 222016
 

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year and for all of our loyal quilters I uploaded to the Poakalani Stores all 50 states and Washington DC 45″ x 45″ State flower wall hanging patterns. They are beautiful. John did some really amazing designs.  Stay safe and see you in 2017.

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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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Step 2 – Cushion top done next step quilting a larger wall hanging.

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Oct 272016
 

woodrosewoodroseflower

Yes, the next step is working on a larger quilted piece.  I was happily surprised when the Woodrose pattern was the design of choice for the next project. The flower is  found throughout Hawaii and a favorite among the many locals.  Can’t wait  to see it completed.

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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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Quilted Lei

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Oct 122016
 

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

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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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Building Renovation Kanaina Building

February 19, 2017
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 April but haven't gotten any update for the month of May.  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