|Most Recent Pineapple Blocks Completed|
|Some of my Earlier Pineapple Log Cabin Blocks|
I have been thinking about how i'm going to plan the layout for this quilt once I've finished all of the blocks. Laying out the blocks edge to edge before they are sewn together, it will be about 109" x 130", way larger than the design wall in my studio, and I do want to plan my layout rather than just randomly stitching blocks into rows. I'd like to avoid sewing blocks together in a way that puts the same fabric in adjacent patches if I can, and there may be an evolution throughout the piecing process whereby the earlier blocks use more muted fabrics and more recent blocks have more bright fabrics. If so, I'll want to balance that out with my layout, too. I think I'm going to bring my stack of blocks to church in the middle of a weekday when nothing's going on and lay the blocks out on the floor of the Lower Commons area at the entrance to our new sanctuary.
|Group Photo of Our High School Kids|
I do still need to cut and sew the outer white border to my bear paw quilt, which you see on the wall below my pineapple blocks in the first photo. But the project taking priority this week (well, taking priority during my odd moments of free time, that is!) has got to be finishing the class sample quilt for the beginner quilting class:
|37" x 37" Class Sample Waiting Patiently to be Quilted|
With so much to cover in so little time, I think this is going to have to be quilted in boring straight lines with a walking foot. That way I can teach them how to stitch in the ditch, which I do consider to be a basic machine quilting skill. I keep thinking of other ideas that would make the finished quilt more exciting, but then the reality of the time factor sets in and I keep going back to the straight lines.
If the quilting is too involved, students won't be ready to sew their binding in class with me there to help them, and the corner miters might be tricky for a beginner trying to finish up at home.
Hmmm... I just had an idea. What if I cut up some of my practice FMQ quilt sandwiches into mug rug sized squares and use those to teach my students how to sew their binding? That way everyone gets to practice the corner miters and learn the technique for joining the ends of the binding, even if some students work more slowly than others and are not ready to put their binding on before the end of the class. I knew I was holding onto those practice pieces for a reason!
I'm linking up with:
· Let’s Bee Social at http://sewfreshquilts.blogspot.ca/
· Midweek Makers at http://quiltfabrication.blogspot.com/
· WOW WIP on Wednesday at www.estheraliu.blogspot.com