When the years swiftly pass us by and our eyes and hands age with time the amazing quilting ladies of the palace always offer a helping hand for our kupuna. Thank you Naomi of Kobe Japan who is a certified instructor for cutting out “Our” Wilma’s quilt and for all the ladies who took the time from their own work to help lay-out and pin the quilt. Wilma now has another quilt to keep her busy. The Night Blooming Cereus designed by John Serrao.
We love when our quilters are home for a short visit and it’s all about Oooh’s and Ahhhh’s. Love these ladies and miss them when they’re not here but they’ve been busy cutting and laying our their larger quilts. So beautiful. All quilts designed by John Serrao EXCEPT that beautiful Red and Blue and Orange and Red those two were designed in John’s design workshop by the quilter themselves.
After designing your pattern sometimes it’s a good idea to cut it out on paper first before cutting it out on fabric. That way you can see the full design, double check the size, and also make any changes.
When John first started designing he used masking tape to join newsprint paper to the size of the actual quilt. 45″ x 45″, 90″x 90″ even 108″ x 108″. He would then fold the large paper to it’s 1/8 fold and design the pattern. When that step was completed he had the ladies cut out the whole 1/8 paper pattern and then finding any open floor space opened the pattern to it’s full design(this was a great practice time to show the quilters how to lay out the quilt). At this time he and the ladies were able to see the pattern opened to its full design. We got our newsprint paper from Hawaii Hochi and purchased their end rolls. Today we use less paper and mirrors.
Using a plain backing showcases the tiny quilting stitches and its amazing design.