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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Houston, we have a problem.....

I don't know what it is about me and this block!!! :( Now, I'm just getting mad. I have determined I will not let this block get the best of me. Yesterday, Carla asked me what size my block was. I kind of thought that was a strange question, and to be honest, the blocks did look a little big to me. But since I've never made a pineapple block before, what did I know?????

Well, turns out I added one extra row of light - these blocks are 14" instead of 12"! The sad thing is I must have looked at the book 50 times and counted the rows over and over again. I guess maybe Kim is right, I do need to do potholders!! However, these are so huge, they're even too big for potholders!!! Ugh..... I'm going to put them in a corner and think. I'll let you know if I have any inspiration. In the meantime, I'm kind of liking the smaller ones alot :).
Until next time, make something beautiful.
-Karen

16 comments:

carol fun said...

What about reworking the big ones? It would be easier to reduce them in size than make new ones. And instead of potholders what about a tablerunner - that's my 2 cents worth. I do love the pineapple blocks, such happy fabrics!

Terry said...

I love your blocks, even if the first two aren't right. Maybe you could make one more of the bigger size and put the three of them into a table runner. Just a thought! They're too pretty to just hide them away! :0)

PaTcHwOrK jEnN said...

I think they would make either a couple of awesome pillows or take them and make a bag. They are beautiful! I love the colors.

Sequana said...

MIAGIA.......MIAGIA!

Give the larger ones away to someone who's not sick of them to make a runner or pillows.

AMKreations said...

Oh no, you poor dear!

I think the throw pillow idea is awesome! They're still beautiful...maybe you're almost there!?!?! =)

Carla said...

You crack me up!! Could you "unsew" the last round and trim with your rotary cutter to make them smaller?
Or, use them on the back at least!

Janet said...

That's just the sort of thing I'd do but I'm sure the blocks won't go to waste, they'd make a great tote bag.

QuiltSue said...

Whoohoo, someone else does the sort of thing I do all the time!

Violette Severin said...

I make these mistakes on every project. Continue your quilt with the 12 inch blocks and use the other 2 in pillows or pillow cases. Of course, if you make pillow cases you gotta make sheets too.

Vivian said...

I was lucky to have been at a class with a teacher keeping an eagle eye on me. I very nearly added that very same extra row of light strips.

It's frustrating that it happened, but the way I look at it, each block is 70% correct. Only 16 strips have to come off each block and 40 strips are OK. Does that make you feel better?

BTW, the fabrics you're using are beautiful!

Rose Marie said...

... or you can make a bag out of them. They do look great!

Madame Samm said...

Easy solution Karen...ok easy for me..I am over here..cut the large ones down to the same size as the smaller blocks..you a square ruler...ok that is what I would do...like a scrappy quilt, is this what it is..just getting familiar with these...blessings msamm

Lori said...

The 2 larger blocks could go on the back. It could look like you planned it that way! LOL

Becky said...

I think a tote bag would be a great idea. Vera Bradley would be very jealous! :) I love all the colors too.

Nan S. said...

I love the blocks and the fabrics. I recently started making a pineapple quilt and, after making one complete block (taking it out of the machine, adding a strip, pressing and trimming, adding another strip, etc.,) I decided to strip piece them. I'll do strips 1 and 2 on several blocks at a time, then add strip 3 on several. When it gets to a certain size, you can just keep adding to the same block without doing the strip piecing. It really makes it go faster and it feels less tedious.

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Pillows to match our potholders?

I love the way they're looking. It won't take long to rip out the corners (leaving the rows intact). Then you can rip out the last light row and sew the corners back on and trim.

Don't give up yet! :-)