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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Honolulu Festival March 10, 11

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Feb 182018
 

We have a side room in the quilting class called the “overflow” room. When the main room fills to capacity the “overflow” room is used.  Well, in the past few months we’ve had to use the “overflow” room  We love it that there are so many wanting to quilt Hawaiian.  They age from 9 – 83.  Great classes, amazing quilters and friends.  

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Count Down to The Honolulu Festival March 10 & 11

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Feb 042018
 

Another amazing quilt for the Honolulu Festival.  The pattern was designed by John almost 10 years ago and finally quilted by Takako Jenkins.  Na Koa – The Guardian—Symbols of the  Ti Leaf, War Club to the Warriors Helmet. A strong quilt of protection.  Takako John Says thank you.  1/2 Fold, 45″ x 60″.

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Honolulu Festival March 10 & 11

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Jan 292018
 

It’s official we’re back again at the Honolulu Festival 2018. We’re excited to display quilts made by the members of the Poakalani Quilting Family.  It’s going to be another amazing show.  So mark your calendar and visit us at the festival.  Food, cultural displays and entertainment.  Until then enjoy this amazing quilt by one of the students of Naomi who teaches in Kobe.  Great job student and Kumu Naomi.

 

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It’s all in the giving….

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Jan 142018
 

Congratulations Carla who made this amazing wall hanging and cushion top for a fundraising raffle. What an amazing surprise it would be to win one of these.  You’re always giving.  I’m glad you enjoy coming to our classes because we really enjoy having you.

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Those darn empty spaces….

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Jan 042018
 

You can choose to either cut the excess fabric around the edge of the quilt  to make a smaller quilt, or  keep the edge and have an amazing echo quilted border or actually add another design.  I love the new addition to the sunflower quilt.  Great choice Takako.   

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Finding Circles

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Dec 182017
 

So during one of John’s creative moments he designed 6 amazing circular patterns.  I believe they are some of his best designs and many others also agree but during this creative moment he randomly gave away the original designs(I think we have copies, no sure yet)  So it’s always a surprise when someone comes to the class and opens up the quilt they’re working on and finding one of the circular designs.  The Ipu(Gourd) quilt designed by John Serrao a work in progress by Pineapple Keiko.  Amazing colors. 

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Hokulea….

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Dec 042017
 

I’ve always wondered how many patterns John created  with the same theme.  The monsterra is always popular, the hibiscus, Heliconia and especially the pineapple but with the recent voyage of the Hokulea… it has now become one of popular designs to quilt.  Tomiko’s (on the left) Hokulea wall hanging. Loving those dolphins in the waves. Using not only the technique of needle turn applique but also reverse applique. Can’t wait to see it completed.

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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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No Class November 18

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Nov 132017
 

…we will see everyone back on November 25. In the meantime enjoy a few quilts from our past Saturday class.  Great ladies and beautiful projects in progress and on their way to becoming heirloom masterpieces.

Pat finished another commission quilt. Beautiful Hydrangea. Just needs the binding. Another John Design.

Last time we saw Takako’s quilt it was just basted. Now it’s completely appliqued and ready for quilting. What a happy quilt.

Anne-Marie’s Monsterra quilt. With of the help of her ladies she was able to lay out the quilt this past Saturday. Another personal design by John.

Wow. Jen’s first full size quilt. Cherokee Rose and Cherry Blossoms. Cut, laid and now ready for basting. Another John personal design. Safe Travels Jen see you in December.

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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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No Class June 9 – Kamehameha Day Parade

May 24, 2018May 24, 2018
Please mark your calendars and we'll see everyone back at class on June 16.  Just a side note.  When anyone asked where our quilting classes are held my mother Poakalani would tell them, "Look for the Kamehameha Statue... his out stretched arm points to the building we quilt at across the street."  It's true and oh so funny. 

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