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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It’s been a Monsterra kind of year….

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Apr 302017
 

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.  

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Anne-Marie’s Mix & Match

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Apr 032017
 

Using a 45″ x 45″ design for the center of the quilt and then adding a Staghorn Fern border lei creates a beautiful 90″ x 90″ Full Size Quilt.  Congratulations Anne-Marie for a beautiful quilt.  One of the many you made.  Awesome applique and quilting by Anne-Marie. Quilt Design by John Serrao.

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Maile Ilima always a favorite design….

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Mar 222017
 

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.  

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I love this quilt sooooo much that I’m reposting…

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Mar 202017
 

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.  

 

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Holiday Party December 9, 2017

November 15, 2017November 15, 2017
No Quilting Class just Food,Fun and Friendship....  

NO Class November 18, 2017

November 13, 2017November 13, 2017
Class will resume on November 25.  Happy Thanksgiving Everyone.

Class Cancellation Schedule – Please Read Updated 11-15-17

May 15, 2017May 15, 2017
*NO Class November 18, 2017.  The hall will not be available for classes. Holiday Party December 9 10:00am-12:00pm  NO Quilting, Just Fun, Food and Friendship

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 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