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.

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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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Summer Time and Holidays…. No Class June 10, 2017 – Summer Potluck June 17, 2017

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Jun 052017

NO Class June 10, Kamehameha Day Parade.   A day to celebrate our Hawaiian”ness” in parades, Fairs and fun.   Everyone have a great day and see all of you on June 17, 2017 for our Summer Potluck….  Remember to join the party bring an “ono” dish to share.  Starts promptly at 10:00 “ish”.  





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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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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