Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Pineapple Setting for Log Cabin


What fun! The setting almost looks like a giant Pineapple Block. This started when I was ... uh hem ... cleaning out one of my fabric areas and found an entire selection of beautiful forest-y quarter yards from Keepsake Quilting, still in its plastic sleeve, totally forgotten. I used what I had for the most part, except for needing more of the cornerstone fabric. The 9-inch blocks were posted previously.

And I had also mentioned that for the first time, all the strips (except a few strays) were cut on the length of the fabric. (Ya know, just like we've been instructed to do, but don't?) In other words, if I needed 5 and 1/2 inch strip, I cut an entire WOF of fabric (or whatever I had) at 5 and 1/2 inches, then did the individual 1 and 1/2 inch width strips from that WOF. The result is a great improvement in accuracy and stability, and those annoying odd puckers do not show up when pressing, except for those few strays which I now wish I had't used.

My border option is still sloshing in my brain, but I'm going to carry out the cornerstone thing into the border ... I think.

16 comments:

Vicki W said...

Very cool! I love log cabin blocks. Is one in the bottom right quadrant turned wrong or intentional?

paula, the quilter said...

I've started using the SOG for cutting strips. Paying attention to grain makes all the difference in the world in flatness vs. puckers.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow is that every pretty. You are really going to enjoy this one.

taylorsoutback said...

Dear Elaine - just found your blog & will share a quick story. In 1997 I made a log cabin quilt 30's reproduction fabrics. Got it all together. Triple checked it for accuracy, sent it off to a very gifted Mennonite hand quilted. Got it back, put the binding on & a hanging sleeve. Entered it in our quilt show & was stunned when it took a blue ribbon. It was seen by 2 judges & hundreds of visitors. Long story short - no one, including myself,or the hand quilter found the incorrectly placed log cabin block. It is still one of my favorite humility quilts! It's great that you found this before it was quilted! Thanks for reading this long comment. :-)

Joyce said...

I love this setting for the log cabins. I'm going to have to try cutting on the length of the fabric. I can never make myself do it for bindings or borders but maybe it's time to start. All the books say to do it that way.

SubeeSews said...

I have a couple books by Judy Martin and she uses the length instead of across grain. Makes a big difference....no stretch! I have made two Sheaksphere in the Park using her cutting methods. She is like Bonnie...tons of quilts and information that is so valuable.
Subee

Lynn said...

Beautiful quilt, even if the one corner is wrong. Took me a while to see the error too. It is funny how our eyes can glide past and make it correct, kind of like that email I have gotten that is all gibberish but the funny part is you can read it anyway.
Lynn

limpingalong said...

Good job -- beautiful quilt!

StitchinByTheLake said...

I couldn't find a mistake! It's beautiful - I think log cabins are still my all time favorite. blessings, marlene

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Well it is beautiful and I wouldn't have noticed the one block that was off until I read your post. Sometimes vintage quilts are like that - and it makes them charming!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh man it is beautiful!

Helen in the UK said...

This is going to be a stunner! Glad someone spotted your 'error' before it got quilted. Isn't it funny how a photo will show up a 'blooper' that you fail to see with the naked eye :)

The Calico Quilter said...

We all know to use the fabric's grain to our benefit, but how many times do we hurry and not pay attention? Probably most of us would admit to this! In the blocks I am not as conscientious about grain lines as I should be but on borders I have found it makes a great difference in the straightness and stability of the quilt when it will be quilted on a longarm.

Your log cabin is beautiful and I too had to look at it a second before I saw the problem. Some people have good internal "proofreaders" and some don't - I never have. I have a small wall quilt that is 1/3rd hand quilted containing a piecing error. Never did unsew all that and fix it. It went in the UFO pile.

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Wow, i had to look heaps of times to see that...it would have been on my wall and I would have spotted it a year later!!
Lovely work Elaine,love Tracey

Morah said...

I do love log cabin quilts.....this is no exception. Just lovely.

Purple Pam said...

Beautiful log cabin quilt, even with the design change! I really like your quilting sample. You are getting so good with those quilting designs. Keep up the good work.