Honoring Tutu Correa

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Oct 252017
 

Vintage Kukui Nut Design. Quilted by Tomoko Kato. I love the colors on this quilt as well as the symmetrical circular design.

Vintage Carnation Design, Quilted by Kimi Kumagai – One of my favorite designs after I saw it completed. I love how the vases were quilted.

Tutu Caroline Correia, Poakalani’s Grandmother was also an avid Hawaiian quilter.  Born in 1886 she moved from Ka’u on Hawaii Island  to Honolulu when she was only 12. Soon after married at a very young age started her family  and began her quilting passion.  Poakalani often spoke of her home being full with women quilting and sharing stories.  Two quilt designs in this past Yokohama exhibit was from Tutu Correia’s pattern collection.  Enjoy the old styling of the Traditional Hawaiian designs.  Thank you to Kimi and Tomoko for quilting  patterns from her collection.  Beautiful designs, beautiful quilts… Made by Beautiful Ladies

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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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Yokohama 2017 – Island Flowers

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Oct 162017
 

We’re home from the most amazing Hawaiian quit exhibit held in Yokohama, Japan… and here are a few quilts we wanted to share with you.

It was a huge undertaking that started back in 2012 when we first attempted to have all Eight Hawaiian Islands represented in our 2014 Hawaiian Quilt Exhibit at the Honolulu Festival.  Eight volunteers came forward to make  Six 90″x 90″ Island patterns designed by John Serrao and two Designed  by Certified Poakalani Teachers Kimi Kumagai and Nobuko Nakagawa.  All designated island flowers  in their designated island colors. Unfortunately at the 2014 Hawaiian Quilt Exhibit we were missing 1 island. It was a huge disappointment.  So in 2016 after the theme was decided for the 2017 Yokohama Quilt Exhibit, which were the prefecture flowers of Japan,  we again decided again to showcase the Hawaiian Island Quilts unfortunately now the Big Island of Hawaii quilt was no longer available as well as the Oahu Ilima, and of course poor Kahoolawe still needed to be completed.   So again three ladies volunteered to complete the missing quilts but this time they only had one year and they did it in record time.  So after many years  we were finally able to have a quilt exhibit with all eight quilts representing the eight islands and their designated flowers.  We also added the Hawaiian Flag Quilt by Tomiko Okada to complete this section of the exhibit. Please enjoy the beautiful quilts of Hawaii.  All in their island colors as well as flowers.  Thank you to all the ladies…Mie Tashiro, Yoshimi Suzuki, Takako Jenkins, “Hana” Yoko Nakamura, Chikako Asano, Kimi Kumagai, and Nobuko Nakagawa who volunteered their time, money and labor to make this quilt exhibit successful.  Our awesome ladies.  Sorry everyone these patterns are personal designs and  not available on the commercial market

 

 

 

 

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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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21 Days Until Yokohama Japan

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Sep 172017
 

” Na Pua O Pu’u Wai” Flowers of The Heart  Hawaiian Quilt Exhibit”.  47 Prefecture Flower Design Quilts and more… lots more. It’s going to be amazing.  Our certified instructors and some of their students will displaying  “NEW” quilts.  3 Generations of Quilters.  Master Quilter Kupuna John, His students and now their students…  We’re so proud. 

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…those Summer Time Blues

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Aug 232017
 

…okay not so blue but oh so warm. Humidity in the islands these past few weeks have been record breaking.  So put your quilting aside and applique is the name of the game.  Our Bible Series with designs of flowers mentioned in the Bible and found throughout the regions where Christianity was born.  

…In the year 1820 on the Brig “Thaddeus”  a meeting between the missionary women and several high ranking wives of Kamehameha I gathered to what is known today as the first quilting circle.  It was the start of an amazing cultural art that is still practiced  today. The missionaries also brought with them a new religion and the teachings of the Bible.  With the Bible the  Hawaiian were introduced to  amazing stories of far off places, people and especially  the three divine virtues of hope, love and charity.  This book is dedicated to all those who find comfort in the “Word” .

 

 

 

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…and oh so busy year. No Class August 5 and will return on August 12

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Aug 012017
 

It’s been a busy year so again sad to say there will be no class on August 5 and we’ll  see everyone back on August 12.  But I’ll leave you with this amazing applique by Susan. Ti Leaf design with a floating lei  ready to be quilted.  

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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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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