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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Pineapple Progress

Kind of sounds like the book "Pilgrim's Progress" doesn't it? Anyway, back to the project at hand. I've been working and this is where I am. Here is the quilt with my 4 focal blocks (2 big and 2 small) and the fillers to equal 10 blocks across and 10 blocks down. That makes this 40 x 40 without borders. Personally, I thought it needed more. And I didn't like the blue solid strip in the top middle. The small strips on the big pineapple blocks were to bring it to a total of 14 1/2". The bigger strips enlarged them to 16 1/2". Remember, this technique is all based on 2", 4", 6", etc. So I added one more row on the lefthand side and another row across the top. I also changed out the solid strip and added a row of half square triangles.
Here's a closer look. I really like the balance of the blocks. I thought the pinwheel blocks gave the most movement, so I used those more frequently. I also really liked the way the little yellow 4 patches moved across the quilt. I got that idea from working on my Trail Mix quilt (still need to get back to that.... big sigh). I forgot to show you where the kitty is, he's in one of the 16 patch blocks. (This also reminds me to update you on Rodger, nothing, and it's been over 3 weeks.....). This kind of makes putting a kitty in every quilt even more special now.
And lastly, I decided to add one more row to the bottom to kind of give it some "weight". I've sewn this together in sections so I can take it apart and then when I give the program, I'll be able to show how it all builds and goes together. So now I have to decide, border or no border?? What do you think??
Until next time,

-Karen

12 comments:

Andrea said...

Wow - I absolutely love it. I seriously covet it :-)
I think if it were mine I would add a small yellow border of about an inch or so and then maybe 4 inch strips of unequal lengths in some of the colours in the blocks. I have 3 cats and feel your anxiety about Rodger - one of ours occasionally disappears for a couple of days and I hate it and think he's never coming back. Hope your tale has a happy outcome xxx

Sinta Renee said...

YOur quilt is STUNNUNG! I love it!!! Just love it!

*karendianne. said...

Well right now I just think it's amazing and I'm imaging what this neat "technique" is that you're doing. I have no idea about the border. I'm really no help at all but I sure can admire and inquire!!!

Stephanie said...

Oh I love the little yellow 4-patches zig zagging through the quilt. It gives it movement.

Carla said...

Love it, love it, love it! Can you post a picture of what you are thinking for a border? Right now, without seeing it another way, I'd say no border and use a bright or darkish solid binding to reign it all in....very modern.

Karen said...

Oh, wow! Your pineapple blocks have taken on a whole new design look. I had no idea that you were going to be adding pieces and parts in. What a good idea.

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

OMG! Where did this come from? :-) Have I been out of it that long, or are you quilting in your sleep now? This is so gorgeous! I'm thinking a 2- or 3-inch border, then some more pieced blocks.

So sorry about Roger. I was really, really hoping he'd show up out of the blue.

Quilt Hollow said...

Colorful and like jelly beans in a bowl! I doubt I could ever find myself working with such vibrant and bright colors but truly gorgeous!

Pokey said...

It is great! Yes I noticed that little run of yellow checks right away, too, kinda like a yellow brick road!
I'd border, for sure. It is definitely worth a frame, it's a grand piece of art :-}pokey

Vivian said...

It's fantabulous! astounding! you creative lady, you!
I would definitely add a border or two (2" and then 4"? or two 2" borders?) to put a calming frame around that wild, wonderful jumble of gorgeous blocks.
This is a great way to demonstrate that technique.

Janet said...

I really love it! I often don't put borders on a scrap quilt but I think this one is asking for it, just mho. Love the cutest little pineapple blocks ever.

Michele said...

I love this quilt the way it is....amazing! I'm sorry Rodger isn't back....I'm still hopeful for you.