UFO Challenge: Pineapple Crazy

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I’m back to working on Pineapple Crazy this week.  I’m working on a couple UFOs all at the same time for a couple reasons:

1- Those pineapple blocks really are crazy and I get a little bored with them…and readers will too.
2-Both projects, Scrap Crystals and this one, are serving different purposes of my day right now.  If it’s nap time and I don’t have anything else to do, I’m ironing those half square triangles from Scrap Crystals!!  I’ll be at it for forever but that’s okay.  I love the PROCESS!!

So where am I at today with Pineapple Crazy?  Here!

The inside is finished….

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That picture doesn’t do it justice at all..see it close…LOVE!!

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So many of the scraps in here came from blog reader….especially Ila.  THANKS friends!!

I’m working on the outer border blocks now.  These…. [Read more...]

Quilt Finish: Fair and Square

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It’s done!  It’s done!  Check another UFO off of my list!

Didn’t this photograph awesome.  I love that the real life richness showed up in the photos.  Often, if doesn’t.

For those of you wondering, this is Fair and Square from Bonnie Hunter’s book Scraps and Shirttails II.

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It’s so pretty!!
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Most of these fabrics came from scrap bags of leftovers that bloggers have sent me over the past couple years.  It it’s a small piece I often strip it up to make string quilts.  Oh, I love string quilts!!

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If you check out this quilt in the book, the top and bottom borders were sewn on and then cut off.  The checkerboard pattern wasn’t all the way complete.  You can see by this picture from the book that the top border is cut off.

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I wanted a little more of “proper, finished” look so I tried to figure what I would need to do to make that happen.  Then it dawned on me.  Cut the inner border at 2″ instead of the 1 1/2″ like the directions suggest.

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I did debate about it a bit before I came to that conclusion though.  I’m sure a 1 1/2″ inner border was originally put on to mirror the 1 1/2″ border around the blocks.

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This quilt stalled out as I didn’t like that the border in the blocks wasn’t the same fabric that I used for the inner border of the quilt and for the binding.

Silly me…close up it’s not terrible…far away, unnoticeable.

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I used the quilt motif that I always use…I used a gold thread on this although it looks brown in the pictures.

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I think the golds really add a lot to this quilt.  I normally have very little golds and oranges in my fabric collection.  Thanks to the generosity of blog readers who sent my their scraps, I could add them to this quilt.  If you’ve ever sent me a scrap bag, thanks ever so much!!

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If you are a long time reader you might remember that when I made my version I constructed my blocks differently than the pattern instructions suggest.  Refer to this blog post if you want to learn more about that.

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I had hoped that my method would all work out once the whole quilt was finished.  It did…

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If I were to make the quilt all over again I might use more of cream muslin where mine is white.  I also would have made sure to have some oranges and golds in the outer border.


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That’s all me just being “Miss Picky Pants” though.  I do try to look at project I finish and really critically look at them.  I don’t do it to condemn myself or my project.  I do it learn and become a better quilter.  I love it as is but could love it just a touch more if I’d have the changes I suggested in place.

For the backing….GOLD.  It was a print from Whittles Fabrics.
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That’s another UFO checked off the list.  I’m so happy.  I’ll admit, one of the reasons this quilt got put on the quilt frame was that the end of the year is making it’s way here and want some progress to show on my UFO update.  If you want to see where I was at in June with my UFOs.  Here’s the link.

I still have the a little more time to get some UFO progress in.  I’m hoping I can finish at least one more.  Wish me luck!!

UFO Challenge: Scrap Crystals

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I had a comment not to long ago from a blog reader.  She wanted to know about my Scrap Crystals quilt.  Well….mine was only cut out.  No blocks were made.  Much of this was cut out from scraps of batiks that blog readers had sent to me.  The story goes a little like this.  In the course of one week two blog readers had sent me scrap bags of mostly batik fabrics.  One had leftovers from someone cutting out lots of greens.  There was just about six inches left from a 2″ strip.  I debated and debate about what to do with them.  Then a few days later I was talking to Connie and she had mentioned that she was thinking of making Scrap Crystals with batik fabrics.  BINGO!!  That was it.  These 2″ strips would be perfect….and so the quilt got out and the scrap bag was history as I also cut out Garlic Knots.

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Well fast forward…Last week I told you and showed you my center of Pineapple Crazy.  I was gung-ho on making the outer blocks but it’s slow work and I was sure you all would be bored with me showing entry after entry of “look, I sewed six more this week”!  So when a blog reader asked if they could see what I had going on with Scrap Crystals, I took that as a sign that I could work on TWO UFOs at once….and so I make one block of Scrap Crystals.  See? [Read more...]

UFO Challenge

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Look who came out of the UFO cabinet to play…..Pineapple Crazy.

It came out like this.

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Over the last week or so, it’s developed into this… [Read more...]