Saturday, October 11, 2014

More Pineapple Log Cabin Blocks

Six Blocks Finished, Thirty More to Go!
I've been mostly working on my pineapple log cabin blocks over the past week.  I keep telling myself that I'll set it aside when I get bored with it and work on one of my other projects, but I've been having fun experimenting with different fabric combinations and haven't gotten bored yet. 

With the strips finishing at only 3/4" wide in these blocks, it's amazing how everything just goes with everything else.  I have a wild assortment of fabrics that, according to popular wisdom, don't belong together in the same quilt: a few solid brights, some large scaled Kaffe Fassett floral prints that remind me of Mrs. Roper's mumu outfits from Three's Company, some batiks, hand dyed marbles, some reproduction 1930s small scale florals, some Japanese prints, some metallics, and whatever else caught my eye.  For some reason, I am especially liking the way newsprint fabrics, handwriting fabrics, and other printed text fabrics are looking in these blocks, too -- like old newspaper clippings and letters in a scrapbook.

I finally lugged the laundry drying rack upstairs to the studio and hung all of my blue fabric strips on one side and all of my green fabric strips on the other side, mostly freeing up the surface of the desk behind my sewing machine so that I can use my serger or my Featherweights there if I want to. 

Now that I've hung up all the fabric, it doesn't look like I have as much to work with as I thought I did.  I also have not found a good place for it in my room where it's easy for me to see all of the fabric at once, but out of the way of rampaging puppy dogs who occasionally stampede through my room!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone.

8 comments:

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

love the use of the drying rack! the pineapple blocks look great to me.

Barbara Sindlinger said...

It's looking good. I love how you can mix all kinds of fabrics in scrappy quilts.

Jenny K. Lyon said...

I am in love with this quilt! ANd the drying rack is a great idea. Those colors....!

Barb R said...

I love how the blocks are coming together. Well done!

Barb in Ottawa

Cathy said...

So pretty!!! Love the scrappy gorgeousness of these blocks.

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

I have one of these on my to make list. Thanks for sharing! I am visiting from Val's linking party.

Maryse said...

Gorgeous!! On my list as well ... I bought the ruler last year. Did you make yours with or without the pineapple ruler?

Rebecca Grace said...

Hi, Maryse! No, I'm not using a special ruler. I'm paper piecing my pineapple log cabin blocks using a free download from Fons & Porter. There's a link to the patter in this earlier blog post from when I started the project: http://cheekycognoscenti.blogspot.com/2014/06/lets-paper-piece-some-giant-pineapples.html?m=1

Thanks for stopping by!
Rebecca

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