Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Pineapple Blossom - Done

My Pineapple Blossom quilts is DONE! My favorite part is the picket fence border added at the top and bottom.

This was started in January when Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville.com came to Casper Wyoming, and I finally met her. The quilt, as you can tell, is truly scrappy, and the more I worked on it, the better it got. To fit a double bed I had to improvise on making it larger, hence the picket fence on the top and bottom. The sides also needed additional width with the only thing I could come up with at the time! This brought it up to 84" x 98".

Quilting in the wide borders was pointless as no one can see the thread and finally, I just did some large meandering, after wasting time quilting pretty feathers and hearts that cannot be seen.

The corners are nice and square - photo doesn't look like it. I haven't blocked it yet, which makes it more neat and tidy.

My quilting thread is a soft pastel variegated which blends a bit, but is also visible in the lightest area. I've used it before and on light value floral quilts and it works well. The quilting pattern is from PatsyThompsonDesigns.com, a loosey-goosey revolving thing that works for me every time. I think there is just the right amount of room for that design and my machine bed.
You see, there is a LOT of quilting. For the first time, I used Hobbs Natural Cotton, a very lightweight batting. It was harder to baste without wrinkles, and I have a few small pleats on the back, but it IS softer, less dense than Hobbs Premium, what I usually use. This is less dense, and has a lighter consistency that I do like. It WAS easier to push through my machine during quilting. I already have made matching pillowcases. The back is limey green with white polka dots -- bright and cheerful.

43 comments:

Exuberant Color said...

Well it is a beauty!!! And done! I like the picket fence borders too. I'm glad you realized that meandering is all that is necessary on really busy prints. Unless you want to practice some other type designs where it won't show, the meandering is the most even pattern there is.

Vicki W said...

It's beautiful! I especially love the borders.

Andra Gayle said...

Lovely!

paula, the quilter said...

This is great! I just practiced feathers on a busy print 'cause I knew they wouldn't show.

AnnieO said...

It is so soft and pretty, yet sparkling with all the lights. Wonderful quilt, Elaine. You did a fabulous job on the quilting too. Congrats on a fine finish!

Quilter Kathy said...

COngrats on a great finish!
I like how you quilted something different in each border.

Peggi said...

Oooh so pretty! I've had this pattern in my to-do stack for a while. I love the colors you used, they're soft and dreamy, and it makes the quilt already look loved and faded (in a good way!)

grendelskin said...

What a fine finish! I like your picket fence border too, it brings extra interest as well as length!

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

What a lovely quilt! I love that pattern and will have to keep it in mind for future reference. The soft colors are so pretty and I love the picket fence too. Great quilting too!

Cheri said...

As a rule, I don't usually visually like the pineapple pattern...something about all those pointy barbs bother my senses but I like this arrangement and the borders really set it all of nicely. Very pleasing to look at.

Diana said...

It's just beautiful! I agree about those soft, dreamy colors being just right for this pattern.

Joyce said...

Its' absolutely gorgeous.

Lori said...

it turned out so pretty! I like the "stripe" going around the quilt. All that math to figure out borders that fit.

LC said...

Elaine, this is a scrumptious quilt. Great color/fabric choices and you did a masterful job of making it bigger with additions that do not look like add-ons! Way to go!

Beth said...

Oh its LOVELY! ( I DO like the picket fence...ON the picket fence! lol) you did a very nice job!

Andee said...

It looks spectacular! I have this one on my list to do sometime soon..have the directions out and everything. Your colors look great!

Fiona said...

Just gorgeous - I love the soft colours against the blue.

quiltmom said...

Gorgeous quilt Elaine,
I love the rich colors and the border. It really is so pretty and will look gorgeous in any bedroom.
Thanks for sharing your wonderful piece.
Warmest regards,
Anna

Lindah said...

This is really pretty! The borders are super. They work really well together. The colors, the quilting, everything about this quilt is so pretty.

Lynn said...

Pretty, pretty, pretty! You should enter some of your quilts in the State Fair this year. Check out the Nebraska State Fair web page for details.
Lynn

Morah said...

Love your quilting! Can't say anything else. Just love, love your quilting!!!!

Meggie said...

Such a gorgeous quilt! Everything about it is just perfect. Well done!

Carol E. said...

Gorgeous!!! Beautiful in every way. The borders look perfect.. not like afterthoughts, and your quilting!!.. I'm envious. You rock.

Amy (lilme2_99) said...

Oh Elaine! It's WONDERFUL!!!! I have stack of (UFO) pineapple blocks and more scraps set aside to finish them up--I wish I could jump right back into them right now after this BEAUTIFUL inspiration!!!!, but sadly I have other more pressing projects on my horizon.

And yes, the picket fence border is a perfect frame for this quilt!

13ghosts60 said...

Absolutely gorgeous. This has been on my to do list for a while and now makes me anxious to get started this fall after I finish up some swaps I am in.

Fantastic job!!

belinda said...

OH WOW...OH WOW Elaine!! I WANT!
I WANT!!
This one is on my 'Bonnie quilts to do list' too!!!

mafranklin said...

I love your quilt. I have made one. The quilter has it and can't wait to see how it turns out.

Candace said...

I love it, it's beautiful.

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh just absolutely wonderful!

Quilts And Pieces said...

OK, now I have to ask - is that rebuilt log cabin pattern a pattern or book? I love it!

gamawinkie said...

Elaine...what a beauty! I also love Bonnie Hunter's quilts... You have done a great job.

Gari said...

Oh, Elaine, that is a wonderful and beautiful quilt. I just know you will love looking at it each and every night.

Angie said...

It is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! I fell in love with that pattern when I saw it on Bonnie's site---and your scrappy colors are just perfect! Love the borders too! Your quilting is the icing on the cake. Just Beautiful!

Donna said...

Your quilt is just beautiful, and I love the scrappy fabrics you used. Your quilting is lovely!

Lynn Dykstra said...

I love how this turned out--I hope to get going on one this fall. Good choice to use the 2 inch strips.

Ivory Spring said...

What a pretty quilt.

julieQ said...

Your pineapple turned out just wonderfully! I love the crinkled wonderful texture, and I agree, the border adds so very much.

Wonky Girl said...

Sorry to be so late to comment, my ISP was down four days :(
Almost missed your post of the finished quilt!
It is the most beautiful PB I have seen so far. Really. Guess it is the colors.... just lovely.
You should send a photo to Bonnie so she can put it in her gallery.

Mary said...

Beautiful! I made one of these for myself in autumn colors and it's one of my favorite quilts.

Purple Pam said...

This quilt is gorgeous! Your quilting is super! You have mastered quilting on a home machine so well. Congratulations!

Tanya said...

Oh! Absolutely spectacular!!

bingo~bonnie said...

OOoough - how pretty! and very "Bonnie Like" adding those picket fences to the top and bottoms ;)

I got to meet her last week and today while working on my blocks it was super fun thinking of her and the workshop... I bet for you working on these pineapple blossom blocks it was a walk down memory late too ;)

I'll be lucky to have my top done this time next year though - b/c I have too many other irons in the fire.... as usual :P

Love from Texas! ~bonnie

sewnsew said...

Love this quilt!! May have to be on my Quilt Bucket list. Looking forward to meeting Bonnie in May!!!