The Iris not native to the islands but beautiful in color and style among the native plants of Hawaii. 90″ x 90″ Designed by John Serrao
We all remember those Keiki Days when our parents would take us on a car ride around the island. If dad started our trip on the west side of the island even before we reached the ocean we would see miles of Pineapple and Sugar Cane Fields, from the Ewa Plain, Waialua, to Wahiawa. Today the Sugar Cane and Pineapple Fields are gone and been replaced by new housing developments but those Keiki Day Memories are still special to us. 90″x 90″ Designed by John Serrao
Did you know that Sugar Cane is called a Canoe Plant. Read here about Hawaii’s Canoe Plants. http://www.canoeplants.com/ko.html
Playing an integral role in Hawaiian culture the bamboo had many uses from storage vessels, musical instruments to bamboo stamps. John created this design to show the simplistic beauty of the bamboo. This pattern is great for the beginner quilter. 90″ x 90″ Designed by John Serrao
Waikahalulu – Today known as the Liliuokalani Gardens which was once filled with an abundance of exotic flowers. Red Gingers, Yellow Gingers, Bird of Pradise, Torch Gingers and of course the Heleconia. This quilt was designed for that secret hideaway in lower Nuuanu. 90″ x 90″ Designed by John Serrao.
My Tutu Correa’s home was very near to Waikahalulu Falls. In fact today I live right next door to this legendary place. My mother would tell us that if you have the “sight” sometimes you could see the wahine mo’o (mermaid) siting on the rocks brushing her long hair. My mom would also tell us that Tutu would also warn the boys not to swim in that famous water hole because the wahine mo’o loves boys. Today records show that only the male gender has ever died at Waikahalulu Falls.
In Hana the Papaya Trees grows tall, very tall. The flowers reaches out from it’s center and branches out. John created this design to remember the Papaya Trees that grows in the remote and beautiful town of Hana. Pattern 90″ x 90″ Designed by John Serrao
Take A Trip To Hana Maui
Years ago we were invited to Hana Maui to share with the residence Hawaiian Quilting. Advertisement for the show were posters pinned to the Bulletin Board at the Post Office and the Hasegawa General Store and of course aunty calling cousin calling sister and so forth. We taught Hawaiian Quilting and Designing for two days at one of the most beautiful spots in Hana, Ala Kukui. If you ever have a chance to visit Hana please visit Ala Kukui a place where ohana and aloha still exists.
Traditionally you never drew a Hawaiian Quilt pattern with more than one type of flower or plant in the design. Like Mealii Kalama, one of Hawaii’s most renown quilter and designer said,” God never intended for two types of flowers to grow from the same root”. But John being kolohe(rascal) told Mealii that it’s okay for him to design many flowers on one quilt because he was of mixed race. (Half Hawaiian/Half Portuguese) . Thus, the old tradition while important John sometimes designs quilts that brings together many flowers and plants to be displayed on one quilt. This quilt is not for the beginner and will challenge any quilter BUT when complete it will be a show stopper.
Pattern: 90″x 90″ Designed by John Serrao (Personal Design)
Memory quilts are those that are designed about a special memory that one holds dear. This pattern was created when John was reminiscing about the old days and diving among the reefs on the North Shore of Oahu. From the eels, to the turtles and manta ray memories of old, like a picture taken in time can be made into some beautiful Hawaiian quilts.
Pattern: 90″x 90″ Designed and Copyright by John Serrao
Caroline Correa Vintage Collection. Pattern 90″x 90″ I don’t know about you but I love this pattern. Like most vintage patterns the design comes directly off the bias and straight. Beautiful clean and simple lines.
Flowers were a common theme for Hawaiian Quilt Designs. The Heleconia with its strong sturdy flowers graced the Hawaiian islands with its many varieties and colors but this quilt was designed for the many Heleconia’s found in the Liliha area of Honolulu
Pattern: 90×90 Designed by John Serrao
The Ti Leaf was always an overlooked Hawaiian Quilt Design. Many quilters instead created patterns for the beautiful scented flowering plants like the plumeria and Hibiscus. But if you look deeply into the meaning of the Ti Leaf and it’s many uses you would understand that this design should be made for everyone’s home. The Til Leaf symbolizing blessings to your home and family as well as to ward off bad intentions and spirits. It is still widely used by many ministers , clergy and Hawaiian spiritual advisers during blessing ceremonies.
Pattern 90″x 90″ Designed by John Serrao