Quilt Class 03-31-18

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Apr 012018
 

What a way to end the month.  New quilts being cut and basted and ready for Applique. A surprise visit from Kumu Kimi of Nagoya and a showcase of all her quilts.  It was a great Show and Tell Day at class.

 

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Honolulu Festival 2018

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Mar 152018
 

Please enjoy a few pictures from our Quilt Exhibit 2018. It was amazing and beautiful. I wish I had the time to tell you about every quilt and quilter they’re all so special to our class.  Please forgive me if I forgot to post some quilts as well as quilters.. I did my best.  Enjoy.

 

 

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It Was A Huge Success

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Mar 122018
 

…all because of these amazing quilters.   All of you please take a bow.  You made this the best Honolulu Festival Quilt Show Ever.  Thank you for your help and continued support of the Poakalani Quilting Legacy.  We love all of you and we’re now going to start planning for 2020. 

Special Thanks to JTB and the Honolulu Festival for giving us a beautiful venue to showcase the quilts, Anne of Anne’s Hawaiian Quilts who was our liaison and actually made this happen, the husbands we can’t forget the husbands and Gordon  who came out to hang the large quilts, the quilters who were also there the “WHOLE” time from hanging to take down, my cousin Kaylene you are so awesome, and our on-line supporters and quilters from all over the globe. Let’s continue to perpetuate this amazing fabric art unique only to Hawaii. 

A Special Thank you to my Serrao Ohana, Aunty Jojo & Uncle David, Cousin Lei Momi, The Richard Serrao Ohana who allowed us to showcase the Family Quilts by Tutu Hattie Serrao.  Quilt Show pictures to follow soon.      

 

 

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The Next Generation of Quilters

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Feb 252018
 

John broke his old record of designing patterns in our Saturday Class.  Six new  45″ x 45″ designs for the next generation of quilters. Great Day and John had a good day. 

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Seeking Enlightenment – The Bodhi Tree

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Nov 262017
 

It is believed that under the Bodhi Tree Lord Buddah received enlightenment, but finding a Bodhi Tree in Hawaii is quite rare.  So John with creative assistance from Doris created this Hawaiian quilt pattern of the Bodhi Tree.  Doris believes that quilting this design will bring her peace and tranquility. An amazing design for an amazing lady. 

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Sometimes it’s all about the Quilters “Lucky Charm”

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Nov 052017
 

About a month ago John created a series of circular full size 90″ x 90″ Hawaiian quilt designs.  His intention was to place it on the commercial market for sale but after designing this particular circular Hawaiian Fish Hook pattern he said it’s already spoken for someone special.  So when we were packing for the Yokohama Quilt Show he folded up the quilt pattern and packed it in his bag. On the first day of the Yokohama Quilt Show John actually gave the pattern to one of our quilters FOR HER HUSBAND, who we nicknamed Lucky Charm.  So unexpected and laughable because we knew she would be the quilter in this amazing gift.  Yesterday at our Saturday  quilt class at the Iolani Palace Mie showed us the beautiful design in fabric, cut and basted and ready for applique and what an amazing design it is.  Her Lucky Charm Yoshi loves it and so do we.

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Feeling Proud…

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Oct 212017
 

 

Real Proud of our family of quilters on Oahu and in Japan for one of the best Hawaiian Quilt Exhibits. Thank you for taking care of us in Yokohama and thank you for your gift of aloha the “Olympic Quilt.”  Cut and basted in Japan, appliqued on Oahu and returned and quilted in Japan. It was an amazing surprise for John and the quilt is beautiful.  But most of all thank you for quilting the Traditional Hawaiian Way.  Share it with the world so it will continue on.  We ♥ all of you.  

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We Can Always Count On Pat

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Sep 172017
 

We’ve had one of the busiest years…ever but we all can count on Pat to focus and make us proud.  Another quilt by Pat.  The amazing and beautiful Hapu’u fern.  Those amazing leaves that unfurl into a larger leaf. Congratulations 

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All Shapes and Sizes

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Jul 302017
 

Adapting to change is never easy.  Traditionally all Hawaiian quilts were made for beds. In the early 1900’s if you were going to learn to make a Hawaiian quilt you actually started with a larger bed size quilt. (Hence the many unfinished closet quilts)It was only during the 1970’s when a few quilt designers(including John) finally adapted and created quilt patterns for the smaller cushions and wall hangings.  Today with many changes to home decors  many people are now completing their homes and bedrooms with bed runners which has now become  another standard size of patterns for the commercial market.  Congratulations Pat  🙂 for the amazing Bed Runner for one of your commissioned clients.  So Beautiful.   Anyone wanting a commissioned quilt or hoping to finally complete a closet quilt contact Pat for some really amazing quotes.  http://poakalani.net/quilts-pat/

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Makapuu Lighthouse

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Jul 262017
 

It was  a nice surprise to see Ikumi at class on Saturday.  She was homesick for Hawaii and we’ve been missing our Ikumi.  She shared her next quilt of Whales swimming in the ocean below the Makapuu Lighthouse. Her design and it’s beautiful.  Great Job Ikumi. Glad you came home for a short visit.  

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Hiromi’s Cup Of Gold

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Jul 032017
 

Thank you Hiromi for making a special trip to our class so we can admire your completed queen size quilt the “Cup Of Gold”. So beautiful and the colors reminds me of those days in the 60’s and 70’s when the Hawaiian quilt colors were bold and strong.  

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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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Healing The Soul

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Jun 202017
 

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.  

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Building Renovation Kanaina Building – Update May, 2017

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 December but haven't gotten any update for the month of January or February.  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