Amazing Quilts – Mitsue’s Heleconia and Monsterra

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Nov 082014
 

Mitsue Heleconia

 

We always tell our quilters, it’s not just the design but also the choice of colors and quilting lines that gives the quilt its life and spirit. This quilt by Mitsue is one of my favorites not only because it’s green(um my favorite color) but by using a white background the designs just popped off the quilt.  Simple in design with such soothing  and relaxing colors.  Designed by John Serrao.  Quilted by Hawaiian Quilt Instructor Mitsue Toi.

Amazing Quilts – Poakalani’s Papale

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Oct 132014
 

Poakalani's Papale

Sometimes unexpected gifts brings hope when we need it the most and this quilt arrived by mail for Poakalani at a time when she was feeling her worst and needed something, anything to lift her spirits. Poakalani loved this quilt depicting her love for hats and the beautiful Morning Glory blossoms.  It brought her great comfort and today even though she is no longer with us this  quilt brings back only good memories of a great lady who was a loving wife to John,  caring mother to her 4 children, over indulging grandmother to her two granddaughters  and amazing quilting teacher to her many students. Thank you Kimi who designed and quilted Poakalani’s hat, she loved opening the unexpected box . You held a special place in her heart.  45″ x 45″

Do you have a quilt that brings back memories of a special person or event? 

Amazing Quilts – Pomaika’i Blessing

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Oct 122014
 

Hibiscus Hawaiian Quilt by Tomiko Okada

 

John has two grandchildren both girls. The oldest mo’opuna(grandchild) was given John’s favorite Hawaiian name Pomaika’i which means blessed but all the quilters call her Missy, her bestowed upon nickname from her grandmother Poakalani.   This quilt was designed by John for Missy…Hearts for a special girl from a very over protective grandfather.  Quilted by Aunty Tomiko Okada 90″ x 90″

John said this was one of the easiest quilts he designed.  All he thought of was his quiet and smart granddaughter and her compassion  for helping others, hence the hearts. The color blue was chosen for the design because of course it’s Missy’s favorite color but by also choosing a solid dark color and a white/off white background the design becomes the focal point. Like we say in the quilting world the design pops from it’s canvas showcasing the amazing design. 

Cup Of Gold

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Sep 062014
 

Cup of Gold

The Cup of Gold is also known as the Golden Chalice Vine or Hawaiian Lily.  Read more about this amazing vine and why it’s one of Cissy’s favorite flowers. 90″ x 90″  Design by John Serrao   http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2006/Apr/07/il/FP604070322.html

Cup Of Gold

The first time I really noticed this vine was in 2012 when I visited Allerton Gardens on Kauai with friends.  This vine was growing on a tree that was more than 30 feet tall.

Pake Mango – Chinese Mango

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Sep 042014
 

Chinese Mango

The number 88 is considered Good Luck to the Chinese and Chinese Mangoes  grows abundantly in the yards of many  island homes.  A quilt pattern of 88 mangoes makes for  good fortune and prosperity in your home.

Bombucha Mango

Read about the Bombucha Mango’s  http://tastyislandhawaii.com/2010/07/17/bombucha-mango/

Legend of the Ulu

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Sep 022014
 

Ulu - Breadfruit


‘Ulu is associated with many Hawaiian myths and legends.Legend traces its origin to a time of famine when Ku, the god of building and war, buried himself in the earth near his home. He later turned into an `ulu tree so that his wife and children would not starve. Ku had told his wife that a fruit shaped like a man’s head would spring from his body. “My body will be the trunk and branches; my hands will be the leaves; the heart, core, inside the fruit will be my tongue. Roast the fruit, soak it, beat off the skin, eat some yourself, and feed the children.

Designed for the “Legend of the Ulu”, 90″ x 90″ Designed by John Serrao

Hawaiian Myths and Legends http://nadineprice.com/hawaii/plants/myths.html

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Queen Emma’s Garden

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Sep 022014
 

Queen Emma's Garden


Queen Emma’s Garden in Nuuanu was once filled with Torch Gingers and Shell Gingers.  90″ x 90″ Designed by John Serrao

Queen Emma Summer Palace

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before teaching at the Iolani Palace Archives building we were honored to teach for about 13 years at the Queen Emma Summer Palace in Nuuanu.  Located in lush Nuuanu Valley many of John’s quilt designs are memories of those amazing quilting mornings.

http://www.onlyinhawaii.org/queen-emmas-summer-palace-hawaii/

Na Keiki o Kahakai

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Sep 022014
 

Na Keiko O Kahakai


The child of the sea…Dolphins and Turtles.  90″ x 90″ Designed by John Serrao

Naia- Dolphins

Many tales speak of how the dolphins came to the rescue of many swimmers in distress in our Hawaiian Oceans.  Friends to our island people the dolphins are forever loved as a guardian, friend and child of the sea.  Read more about our Friends of the Sea.

http://www.wildhawaii.org/marinelife/dolphins.html

Elsie’s Garden

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Sep 012014
 

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Heleconia Garden – Inspired by our quilter Elsie who loves to share with us her garden stories and who inspired John to create this pattern.  90″x 90″  Designed by John Serrao Personal Design

 One of my favorite places to visit when I’m on Hawaii island is the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.  After you visit this amazing garden it will be your favorite too.  All you floral photographers bring extra batteries for your camera’s.

Ohelo Berries

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Aug 292014
 

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Ohelo Berries

Ohelo Berries are found mostly in Volcano National Park on Hawaii Island. The berry slightly tart to sweet is a favorite among the locals for jellies and Jams and also loved by Hawaii’s State bird the Nene Goose. 90″ x 90″ Designed by John Serrao – Personal Design

 

 

Legends of the Ohelo Berries

http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2006/May/19/il/FP605190309.html

http://www.botany.hawaii.edu/faculty/bridges/bigisland/species/vacret.htm

 

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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