Brown Paper Packages….

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Feb 122017
 

The weather people finally got it right.  It was a very wet Saturday here in the islands but that did not stop many of our quilters braving the flooded streets to attend the quilting class.  It was a great class and got even better when I checked my mail box at home in the late afternoon and found a box wrapped in brown paper.  Actually the movie Sound of Music with Julie Andrews  came to mind. Well I got to say that package was full of sunshine.  Thank you Mama Kimi 🙂 for the amazing quilted purses and quilted eye glass case holder.  Tuffy, Missy, Thea and I sends a fondest Mahalo and John loves his eyeglass holder.  He laughed when he saw the Shaka and Blinking Eye.  John says he misses his daughter.  We adore you and again thank you for sending us sunshine on a dreary wet Hawaiian day.  

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What inspires you?

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Feb 072017
 

Quilt Designing is always about what inspires you and your story.  6 years ago John created the Cushion/Wall hanging pattern book called the Bible Series, inspired by the flowers and places of the bible.  These patterns were designed as a reflection of hope, peace, love and charity to everyone who quilts its design. 

 

 

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No don’t focus your eyes.

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Feb 052017
 

Another amazing quilt by Pat. The beauitful Rose quilt design by John using a variegated fabric.  

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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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Building Renovation Kanaina Building – Update May, 2017

February 19, 2017February 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 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