Look what she did with the "unloved" blocks!!! She repaired some, added the inner black sashing, added the dark border purchased when she and I had attended some quilting function together. She often finishes her quilts with a sliver of color against the binding. She then washed it all, and those blah, tired-looking blocks turned into something beautiful!!! Quilters make and give quilts away - we seldom receive a quilt, especially one with meaning. How lovely that she gave these blocks a real life. It's prettier than this photo, and is now my TV-watching lap quilt.
New project ....a Pineapple Quilt, using 2 slightly different blocks. I'm loving it! This design came with a DVD purchased thru Annie's Catalog/Craft catalog, and the DVD features Gyleen Fitzgerald. (I LOVE my quilting DVDs!) Oh My Gosh, I am loving this one!!! I DID purchase her ruler (about $14) which I also love. Each block came out exactly correct, square and true. (There is another ruler at Annies, but with more lines, options, cost - I chose the simpler version)..
If you have never made a Pineapple block, and are not paper piecing, you really need a ruler made for this technique. The block is very easily pulled out of square and is trimmed and checked after each round. These strips are cut at 1.5 inch, and the block finishes at 8 inches. Also, her technique trims the blocks from the back.