Sunday, January 16, 2011

Pineapple Border, Fiddling

What on earth is THAT? OK, I'm wanting to continue elements in my pineapple quilt, into the border. I've used this technique before, and while not perfect (yet), I like it! Rather than piecing the border in hundreds of pieces, I'm adding the insert, those triangular pieces that are not hard to make. However I DID graph it on paper, just to be sure. (It's amazing how clear things become when I first draw them!) They deliberately finish taller than my first cream border, because I wanted the effect similar to how the blocks are looking.

All the paper has been removed. This photo shows the pieces basted to light-weight fusible interfacing, then they are turned, pressed on a Teflon Pressing Sheet (an amazing invention!) and inserted. Later, I will fuse them down well, and then use invisible thread to sew them down with a blind hem stitch, and THEN, do the quilting.
With all the colors in this quilt, I wanted those corner units to be a consistent green and coral. They are visually obvious in the finished quilt top, so I wanted to repeat them in the border. If you try this, the side inserts are green and coral, while the end inserts are coral and green - be sure to check before completing them all. I have one side to add the cream border to make - maybe this week. Then border #2, etc. They will be easier and quicker.

This last photo shows how the triangular unit will look inserted, and overlapping the cream, going INTO the green (or whatever color I put next). The green is just for audition only. I plan on having 4 borders in all, and at the corners of each border, I will add a quick corner, again copying the element from the quilt center.

I've had fun making this one!

18 comments:

~Joan said...

Looks fantastic. You. are. so. creative!

Elaine Adair said...

Dear ~Joan - my fingers barely left the keyboard before your comment arrived! Thank you so much!

I'm using this method to thank you as I sometimes have problems responding to you. Do others have same problems?

Peace, Elaine Adair

paula, the quilter said...

I used your technique recently on a donation quilt. Except I liked the quilt so much I am keeping it on hand for one of those instances that arise when one needs a last minute gift. I really like this technique. Thank you!

Nancy said...

This is a great technique, and this detail makes the quilt even more beautiful. Nice Job

Morah said...

My favorite kind of border....just too wimpy to try it on my own! As usual it is GORGEOUS!

Mary said...

How funny, I've just been playing with a quilt design tonight extending the design into the border but I will be piecing all my elements.

This looks really good!

LC said...

Love it, Elaine!

Tanya said...

Ah yes, the extended into the border triangles. I consider that one of Elaine's cleverest ideas although there are so many clever ones on your blog it is hare to choose!

julieQ said...

That is totally cool. Really!! Love your creative mind!!

sewinggeek said...

You make me want to make a pineapple quilt. Thanks for sharing.

Vivian said...

Great idea for a border finish Elaine! I like the way it both finishes the corners of the pineapple blocks along the edges (rather than them just being cut off there) AND brings some interest into the border. Well done!

O.k., I just have to do it...
No more Pineapple blocks on the wall, no more pineapple blocks,
the edges are done, the quilting will come,
and having a beautiful new quilt will be fun!!

Lynn said...

It's looking good.

Purple Pam said...

What a great technigue. Thanks for sharing it. I cannot wait to see the end result. Your quilts are always super.

AnnieO said...

I love the way you extend your designs into the border like this--so unique and effective. Great work!

The Quilting Pirate said...

What great corner pieces!! I bet this is very stunning! I can't wait to see the whole top!!

Rose Marie said...

How clever you are!!! I enjoyed seeing your variation on the blocks and am joyed to see that you have continued with them on the borders!!

MARCIE said...

Awesome quilt Elaine! Love your border!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh your border idea is just AWESOME! I"m loving it!