Another Color Test

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Oct 282017
 

Today at quilting class I assisted Dianna from Arizona in laying our her Coral and Fish design by John Serrao.  She was unhappy with her colors of Peach on a very light Peach and had preferred a blue backing.  I also preferred a blue backing so we scrambled in class and came back with two different color blues to compare the difference. But guess what happened everyone liked the peachy backing but I think a lighter blue than the ones shown would also work for the quilt.  She’s still searching for the right backing.  What do you think?

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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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Color Matters – Quilting Class 11-07-15

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Nov 082015
 

11-08-15A11-18-15Bor does Color  Matter – Traditionally it was always a dark color on a white or light background. Then with availability of more  colors and fabrics the colors of quilts became more bright and vibrant.  Today we use printed fabrics and batiks.  Whatever the color choices are  it never changes the patterns/designs their stories and traditions.

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Basting your top

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Mar 222015
 

If you baste your quilt carefully the easier the applique and Don’t forget to baste the large areas of the designs. Basting by Mie.

 

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Cherish Our Kupuna

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Mar 152015
 

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.

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Naomi Cutting out Wilma’s Quilt

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Wilma & Naomi

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Laying out the quater fold on the background fabric.

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John helping to lay out the half design.

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Sometimes you need the extra scrap of fabric that you cut out to refill in the design to lay it more precise.

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The quilt at it’s full design and making some careful adjustments

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Wilma and the Ladies.

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Quilt Class 03-07-15 Show and Admire…. Quilts ready to be Appliqued

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Mar 082015
 

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.

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The Paper Pattern

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Feb 112015
 

Paper PatternAfter 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.

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Awesome John and his Magic Pencils

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Feb 042015
 

familycollectionmonsterrathumbThe Monsterra a very popular Hawaiian quilt design because of its bold large leaves. Click on the graphic and watch John and his magic pencils create the actual design seen here.  45″ x 45″  Designed by John Serrao from the Poakalani Serrao Family Quilt Collection.

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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