The Big Pineapple

The Big Pineapple pattern is from the book Material Obsession by Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke. I am always on the lookout for patterns that will show off my large prints, and that is what attracted me to this one. I used a very similar colour scheme to the one pictured in the book, in order to get the idea. Because the blocks are so big (26 1/2″), it was relatively easy to piece, though there were some tricky corners. I’d like to do this again, on a smaller scale for a baby quilt, in a lower contrast fabric grouping. As the pattern produces a perfect square, I think it would lend itself to a baby or picnic quilt.

This quilt was long-arm quilted with an overall flower and leaf design by Anne Freidrich. I am particularly happy with the sashing and border of Basic Grey Moda Grunge in aqua.

The Big Pineapple was sitting unfinished for a year or so, just because of the binding. I am almost through my UFO pile, but having new quilt ideas every day.

UFO #2: Keepsake Hexagons

My second UFO is complete! This quilt is named Keepsake Hexagons, because my Mom bought me the base fabrics for is at a shop in New Hampshire called Keepsake Quilting. Believe it or not, this collection came from the clearance area of the shop.

I had bought some half hexagon tools from the Missouri Star Quilt Company, and thought these fabrics would be a beautiful choice to try the larger tool out on. The main fabric that was central to the planning was the large iris print with brown background, so I needed the right size block to showcase it properly.

Once again this is a very simple design, as the hexagons are randomly placed in complementary shades of gold, red, pink, brown and yellow. I think it has a lovely old-fashioned feel to it.

It was pieced in rows using half hexagons, which was a bit fiddly; every seam had to be pinned and checked for accuracy. The quilt was long-arm quilted by Anne Friedrich using an all-over floral pattern in gold thread.

The quilt was sitting as a UFO for about 8 months because I knew the binding would take about 8 hours. It did, but I’m very pleased with the result. I’m discovering that sometimes, when I do long and tedious (quilt-related) tasks, I enjoy being so up-close and personal with the fabric and can use the time to appreciate the beautiful fabrics and design.

Mental note for a future project: I have a great collection of honey bee prints in my stash. Wouldn’t the hexagons be great for using them?!

UFO Number 1

As I promised myself, I have completed UFO number 1! I call this quilt “Cranes and Flowers”. It’s an original design, very simple, and a great way to showcase large prints. The finished quilt is about 72″ by 72″, a nice size for a double bed, but easily adaptable to larger or smaller sizes. For the centre panels I chose two complementary Asian fabrics with large , stunning prints – the kind you don’t want to cut up. For visual appeal, the two panels are in the proportion of approximately 2/3 to 1/3 (I just eyeballed it, no exact science was used). Next I added a contrasting but related 4 inch inner border. The inner border sits at just the right spot to nicely frame a double bed. Finally, I added a strip border (each strip 8″ by 2 1/2″) using many different red, pink and gold Asian fabrics from a fat quarter collection I purchased online from  Most of the fabrics for the quilt were purchased from Debsews.

I had this quilt long-arm quilted with a lovely all-over floral design using Sulky variegated gold thread. It was sitting as a UFO for 6 months or so simply because I knew the binding would take about 8 hours. It did, but I am thrilled with the rich red, pink and gold Asian fabric I used. I only wish I had a little more of it for another project!

Let me know if you’d like more details on the pattern.

On to the next UFO…