Pineapple Quilt Nearing Completion

As I told  you a while back, I took a workshop from Gyleen Fitzgerald called “Scappy Pineapple” .  Well I have finally finished 16 blocks that I think will make a nice table topper or wall hanging.  Here is my finished block.  I pieced it in a “controlled scrappy” fashion.

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I took my colors from this focus fabric that I just love:IMG_0855

It’s “controlled scrappy” because although I used lots of different prints, I used the same red fabric in the centers and corners.  I also saved the black to use in the last round of the pineapple.  This creates a secondary design when all the blocks are put together.  Here’s what it looks like.

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Now I’m thinking about borders.  I want to use my focus fabric for sure, but I also want a skinny inner border.  I’ve narrowed the small border down to two color choices.  Here’s the “audition”.

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What do you think?  The black is the natural choice, but I kind of like the “pop” of the turquoise.  I would really appreciate some input before I complete the top.  So should it be the black or turquoise?  You choose.

Daily Quilting

Sorry, but I haven’t been doing a lot of painting lately, so my blog posts have been suffering.  I am working on something that I will post in the next couple of days.

In the mean time, I am doing some sort of quilting everyday and although I started this blog to show off my watercolor drawings, I hope you don’t mind if I let you see what  quilts I have in progress.

Yesterday, I spent several hours in quilting workshop with celebrated quilting teacher Gyleen Fitzgerald.  We learned a real fun way to use up scraps with her Trash to Treasures Pineapple quilt workshop.  I got a good start on several blocks and I hope posting my progress now will give me the incentive to keep working so that  I can show you a finished project soon.  Here is a sneak peak.  I’m using “happy” colors!

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I’ve also been doing some long arm quilting.  Here is a quilt top designed by Bonnie Hunter that I have been working on pieced by my friend, Kathy.   One of the best things about being a professional quilter is having the opportunity to quilt tops that I would never have time to piece.  This one has way too many small pieces, but it’s going to be a gorgeous quilt when it is finished!

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That’s all for today.  I will keep you “posted” on future progress.