Monday, August 10, 2015

Design Wall Monday: Pineapple Log Cabin Block #15 of 36; Goodbye to Summer 2015

17 3/4" Pineapple Log Cabin, Block #15 of 36
I finished another pineapple log cabin block yesterday!  Now I have fifteen blocks completed out of the thirty-six that I will need for my California King size quilt.  Slowly but surely, the stack of blocks is growing.  I have a memo sample of my bedroom drapery fabric pinned to the upper right hand corner of my design wall, as a visual reminder to ensure that I incorporate the same shades of blues, greens and neutrals into my pineapple quilt so that it will look good in my bedroom when it is finished.  The clothes drying rack in front of my design wall is draped with 1 1/2" strips for my pineapple blocks, with blue strips on one side and green strips on the other side.  My neutral strips are spread out on a card table on the other side of the room.

My Design Wall, August 10, 2015
Meanwhile I'm still plodding away at the needle turned applique blocks for my FrankenWhiggish Rose (the first completed block for that project is in the top left hand corner of my design wall).  Directly behind the rack full of pineapple strips is the baby quilt Math Is Beautiful, based on a doodle I found in Lars's math notebook at the end of last school year.  That top is all sewn together but it still needs the borders attached (they are just stuck to the design wall right now). 


New Look Skirt #6708 (OOP), Also On the Design Wall
Last but not least, my skirt project is pinned to my design wall today.  I did mark the actual seam lines on the skirt and waistband pattern pieces so that I could match them up and make sure that they would fit together properly after I redrafted the waistband, and they did.  So I think I might finally be ready to cut out the REAL fabric!!  I decided to make a pineapple block before getting back to the skirt project (needed a shot of confidence), so I pinned my pattern pieces to the wall just to clear them off my cutting table while I was quilting.  That way they don't accidentally end up in the trash, or chewed up by Lulu the Terrible, Puppy Princess Extraordinaire.

But at this rate, it's going to be Fall by the time my cotton voile skirt is ready, so I probably should get back to that next, don't you think?

Meanwhile, the boys start back to school two weeks from today.  Not that anyone is counting or anything...  Anders will celebrate his 12th birthday this Thursday, and Lars is headed off to his Confirmation Retreat next weekend.  Before I know it, I'm going to have a seventh grader and a ninth grader!  I don't post many pictures of my family here, but we did get one terrific "family selfie" during our beach trip to Kiawah Island, South Carolina last month:

Rebecca, Lars, Bernie, and Anders, Kiawah Island, South Carolina
I'm linking up with Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times, Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt, Oh Scrap! at Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework, and Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts.  Happy Stitching, everyone!

17 comments:

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

lovely looking family!! love those pineapple blocks

tubakk said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm so impressed of your work with those blocks. And even more impressed of the order, fabric strips hanging ready for use. Lovely colours too.

swooze said...

Great family pic!

Bonnie said...

That is one fabulous pineapple block -- and it looks huge with little tiny strips! Looks like a fun family time. Thanks for sharing.

Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts said...

I love your pineapple blocks, and the way you have the strips organized is genius! It is going to be a fantastic quilt. Still looking forward to seeing your skirt. :)

Katie said...

I had to laugh. Many moons ago my first quilt was a log cabin and I used a drying rack the same way. Fun! Love that pineapple block. It has so many pieces!! :-)

Sue Daurio said...

Love love love those pineapple blocks, that is going to be one amazing quilt when it's done!

Sue Daurio said...

Love love love those pineapple blocks, that is going to be one amazing quilt when it's done!

Rebecca Grace said...

Thanks, Beth! I got the drying rack idea from someone else who commented on my blog awhile ago. It’s working out great, especially since I’m alternating between projects to prevent Pineapple Burnout!

And yes, the skirt is up next... It’s just so much SCARIER to me than quilting! I’m afraid to cut the real fabric! Isn’t that silly?

Thanks for stopping by.

Mary Ann said...

Love that pineapple block. The colors are gorgeous. Just read your blog on the Rowenta iron. My Rpwenta is old, bought at a yard sale for $3.00 and that is easy to discard. So far it's lasted 2 years but it could die tomorrow. At that price, it doesn't hurt so much.
Mary Ann P

desertskyquilts said...

I love your pineapple blocks. Those are the best colors in the world, and you've organized it so nicely! What a great family picture, too.

Gina Smith said...

I love the pineapple block. IT's going to be a great quilt. Love your design wall

Jenny K. Lyon said...

Love the family selfie! I'm excited to see the skirt done too. And that pineapple is going to be fabulous on your bed!

gayle said...

Love your family portrait!
That drying rack is a great idea! I'm currently draping my 2.5" strips over a railing between the kitchen and my sewing area - not quite so convenient. (And why do I always type "quite" as "quilt" and have to go back and fix it?)
Love the pineapples! That's a quilt on my long long bucket list...

Nancy said...

I gotta say, I still love your Whiggish Rose block. Beautiful pattern, perfect colors. Your pineapple blocks are beautiful, too. You'll probably whip through that skirt and wonder why you need to bolster your confidence, it will be so simple. Best to you!

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

Great family pic! Your pineapple blocks are amazing! I will have to remember to get out my drying rack next time I have a bunch of fabric strips for a project. Thanks for linking up with Oh Scrap!

Lara B. said...

What a great family selfie photo Rebecca! You have a fun loving bunch for sure!
That large photo of the pineapple block just blew me away and I pinned it - toot sweet! I really love those colors againt the low volume background! You have a lot of great projects going! I'm so in love with your whiggish rose too. And what a great idea to make the nath quilt from Lars' doodle.
"Lulu the Terrible, Puppy Princess Extraordinaire" - hee hee!

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