Monday, February 21, 2011

Award, & Pineapple Quilt is DONE

First, I have been given an award from Elsie Montgomery at http://www.elsiequilts.blogspot.com/. Thank you Elsie, along with your kind words. Don't we all just have the best time, playing and coloring and cutting? I think we may all have become 'stuck' in Kindergarten (which I never got to attend!), only now we have grown up girly toys! Now, the rules say I must pick 3 of you to give it back .. oh my, I must give a few days thought to that ... you ALL have given ME so much in the way of ideas, support, inspiration entertainment and more! I'm thinking I know who it will be, but ... wait a few days.
For the longest time I've had nothing to say -- at the moment, my mind is bursting! (When it rains it pours!)

Here is my final decision for the corner treatment on this Pineapple Quilt. (edge is straight, photo is crooked!)

And here's the whole, DONE, and a closeup of some of the quilting.

Two thousand three hundred fifty-seven (2357) to the best of my counting ability! Including the backing and scrappy binding. It finishes at about 62 x 74.

I definitely wanted the center to blend into the border. Those boxes are actually HSTs, inserted into the border between the quilt center and the border strips. They were faced with fusible interfacing, and then pressed and appliqued down. That was easier than cutting all those separate parts, but still was time consuming. This is the second time I've used that technique - easy peasy! That particular box of strips is empty. And for those of you who get 'stuck' on matchy-matchy, I used all lights and all darks in this quilt, no mediums, and I was NOt PARTICULAR in my choices. And the pieces that I thought would not 'do', were the pieces that gave it life -- a bright blue, and some light yellow! The blocks are about 6 inches finished. I also did a scrappy binding.

Paper piecing is the way to go with small logs. My machine has knee lift and auto-thread-cutter, both amazingly efficient tools for this project. I just pressed the button to cut, and start again, with no thread snarls. Sweeeeet!

19 comments:

Nancy said...

Great idea for the border - it looks wonderful.

julieQ said...

OH yes it is!! SWEET!! I just love this quilt, Elaine!!

Tanya said...

And it is fantastic! You should have this shown somewhere. It would get an award too!

LC said...

Really nice, Elaine. It looks so complicated, and your colors are perfect!

Lindah said...

It looks great, Elaine! I love your special touches with the boxes and the corner treatments.

Anne Ida said...

Your Pineapple quilt turned out absolutely fabulous! I love the touch of bringing the blocks out to the borders. Congratulations on a lovely finish!

Joyce said...

Amazing and beautiful!

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

The quilt is awesome! And you definitely deserve the award. You have helped me so much with my quilting! Thanks!

*karendianne. said...

Oh Wow! Elaine this is one amazing quilt. Your border work is so impressive. What a quilt. Stunning.

cartulinas said...

It's a wonderful quilt. Full of life! Really great!

SubeeSews said...

You and I are sisters in another life I am sure.
Your Pineapple quilt is gorgeous! You have made it your own with that knockout border. It make my Pineapple quilt look so plain. I plan on using it as a wall hanging. It is smallish...not like yours!
We are snowed under here in Indiana.
Subee

Helen in the UK said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! Congrats on a great finish :)

AnnieO said...

Wow, that's a stunner! Love all the quirks with the blended border, scrappy corners and totally scrappy pineapples. Great quilt!

Candace said...

What a stunning quilt, I would be so proud if I had made something so beautiful. I think that you are a solver of problems.

Julie said...

I love it! Too magnificent for words.

Lori said...

perfect ending to that quilt!

Quilter Kathy said...

It is a fabulous quilt! All those thousands of pieces and scraps turned into this masterpiece...wow! Congratulations on this great finish!

bingo~bonnie said...

WOW - what an amazing beautiful scrappy quilt Elaine!!! I la,la,love what you did in the corners - and how cool to applique the borders down!

I sure do understand your break in blogging, I've had to break form my favorite message board too... not enough time in a day..

I'm sure your workshop will go great and that will get your mojo going again. Until then...

Love from Texas! ~bonnie

momtofatdogs said...

Awesome!