Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Halfway There! Pineapple Log Cabin Block 18 of 36

Blocks 16, 17 and 18 on my Design Wall
So here we have the last three pineapple log cabin blocks that I've completed, from left to right, blocks 16, 17, and 18.  As you can see, in the 18th block that I completed this morning, I paid more attention to the fabric strips I was selecting for the sides of the blocks, trying to get more of that Asscher diamond effect that I liked in the original antique quilt.  I wouldn't like it if EVERY block was like that, but I think I'm going to like having more variety when I mix up all the blocks in my final layout.  As I'm working on each block I feel like they are all exactly the same, but then when I throw a few of them up on the design wall it's nice to see that actually each block is unique, and that adds a lot of energy. 
Nice Crooked Shot of Block 18
By the way, thank you to those of you who reached out with suggestions for the issues I was having with the longer side strips creeping up while I was attaching adjacent strips.  On this block, I tried starching all of my fabric strips before sewing them onto the block and that seems to have completely eliminated the problem -- it must be a limp fabric issue!  But I'm going to keep the glue stick idea in mind in case I have any issues on future blocks. 

I've officially reached the halfway point of block construction for this quilt, now that I have 18 blocks finished and 18 blocks remaining to be sewn.  Woo hoo!  Will I keep making pineapple blocks, or will I finally get up the nerve to cut into that summer skirt fabric (before the leaves start falling off the trees)?  Or will I start a completely NEW project instead, like Dear Jane or the 1930s Farmer's Wife blocks?  Tune in next time...  :-)

I'm linking up with Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story, with Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts, with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced, with Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, with WIPs on Wednesday at Esther's Blog, and with Needle and Thread Thursday (NTT) at My Quilt Infatuation.

14 comments:

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

I will be watching to see what you do next :) love the pineapple blocks glad the starch helped. I'm begining to think I need to use starch more than I do to help with cutting straight and so fabric isn't so limp when I am piecing.

Unknown said...

Looks amazing...

LA Paylor said...

I love a pineapple block.This is full of exciting textures. LeeAnna

Julie said...

I love the look of pineapple blocks - yours are looking great.

Kat said...

Those look great, but they look like a ton of work!

Micki @ 2 Dogs Studio said...

Your blocks look great. Love the colors you are using. You have alot of patience. Micki@2dogsstudio.us

Alycia said...

those are awesome!! and such small strips!!

the zen quilter said...

Those are beautiful pineapple blocks - I love the colors and pattern you are doing, can't wait to see the finish.

Jayne said...

Amazing blocks! Love the design and the colors! This is and has been on my list for so long!

Leanne Parsons said...

These blocks are so beautiful! I've always loved pineapple blocks, though I've never actually made one...maybe someday :)

Lara B. said...

Your pineapples look really great together Rebecca! I love the idea you have of making occasional blocks with more punch to them. Still crazy over the way you are sewing these with low volume fabrics!

Jen said...

This is going to be a beautiful quilt! Love the blues and greens.

Jen said...

This is going to be a beautiful quilt! I love the blues and greens.

DianeLoves2Quilt said...

Your pineapple blocks are beautiful- so precise and such great fabric selections. And I love a blog where I learn something. I had to look up cognoscenti and I like that word! I did not know what an Asscher diamond was either. Gorgeous similarity to the gem and so appropriate. Also glad to see you are multiple projects at once type a gal, too. Someone who is after my own heart.

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