Thursday, March 12, 2015

Pineapple Progress

Last December, I took a hard look at some of the things I wanted to accomplish this year.  One of the items was to start working on some of the quilts on my bucket list.  The first quilt up on the list is finishing a Pineapple Quilt I started in 2009.





In my last progress report, I shared the completed blocks and some layouts I was considering.   Each block measures 8" and is meticulously pieced (no paper piecing).  Since January, these blocks have been moving around my design wall and awaiting a final plan.  This week, I committed to a layout and started testing my quilt math for all the inset triangles.  I have to admit it went together perfectly!


 
And a finished quilt top is born! 
A few of my Pendleton wool blankets were the inspiration for the colors and fabric placement..




So many tiny pieces in such a small area!  With all the many seam allowances, this quilt top is surprisingly heavy.  I wish I would have taken a photo of the backside - it is quite amazing to look at!




I had played with an outside pieced border to bring the colors out to the edge of the quilt but I decided I really liked the blocks just floating in the black fabric.

I will have to shop for a backing for this one.  It might take a while to find something I like.  I am also thinking about the quilting already.  I am considering a combination of dense machine quilting in the background and some big stitch hand quilting in the blocks.   It is a bucket list quilt after all so I can't make it too easy!

While this might not be a finished quilt, I am celebrating the fact I have gotten this far.  I don't even want to think about how many hours I have into this quilt to date.

 

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30 comments:

quiltmusings said...

I love the look with the floating blocks. It is really quite stunning. I am inspired to try out a pineapple quilt!

dq said...

I love your pineapple log cabin quilt. I have not seen this layout before.

Maartje Quilt said...

Amazing all those blocks with those tiny pieces!!! I love your design. Congrats you may be proud already. I love to come back to see it finished.
Love from Amsterdam

Judy@Quilt Paradigm said...

Holy wow!!! Congrats on finishing this! I have been looking at the pineapple block for a very long time. . . I think yours is the best I've seen! Love the black background and the floating block effect. I don't know that I'll ever actually take the plunge and do one but yours is definitely making me consider it :)

Libby in TN said...

Your color placement really makes the quilt glow! Love your floating setting.

Julie in GA said...

I love your fabrics/color choices for the pineapple blocks, and your layout worked beautifully! The blocks look great floating on the black background.

Vicki in MN said...

It is simple gorgeous and worth all your efforts! Peddle to the metal girl, LOL You are doing a super job of getting things done!!

Sheryl said...

Lovely! You are so great at coming up with laps to make your blocks sing

katyquilts said...

Beautiful! How gratifying to get this project to this stage!

~Diana said...

Pineapple design is on my love/hate list~I love your take on it...makes me want to make one...WELL DONE! Great, modern design~and colors.

Katie D said...

I love the way that you arranged the blocks in such a modern setting! It makes me want a pineapple quilt too :)

Pattilou said...

I really love the colors of your pineapple quilt! I've got several ideas, but I'm working on some things right now that will use up some stash quickly! I've got the pattern of one tucked into some fabrics, but with this picture I just may change my mind! I love it! Oh and did I say I love it?!

The Colorful Fabriholic said...

Outstanding! Your layout and color placement are gorgeous.

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

The layout and the way you floated the blocks is wonderful! I really like the stone backdrop that echoes the quilt pattern a bit, too. Congratulations!

Chitra Gangadharan said...

fantastic progress on this beautiful quilt.

Julierose said...

Beautiful pineapples--love the darks--reminds me of pineapple upside down cake with that brown sugar sprinkled on top of those pineapples lol hugs, Julierose

Julie Alexander Johnson said...

Beautiful pineapples, Cynthia!! I know I'm repeating what others are saying, but it's true!

em's scrapbag said...

Gorgeous quilt. I love how you put the blocks together.

Vera said...

Looking good! Interesting layout and color combo! Well done!

Mystic Quilter said...

Lovely dark moody colours and the setting is perfect.

Cheryl said...

I really like your choice in how to set the blocks and your dark background color choice.

Quilting Dee said...

The colours in your first photo really show the amazing colour palette! Fabulous combination! Blocks look fantastic on your background fabric. Sooo impressed.

JanineMarie said...

I'm glad you decided to float the quilt on the background. It is stunning!

Jasmine said...

Wow! This looks amazing. I love how you set the blocks. Have fun planning the quilting.

Doris Rice, The Quilting Queen said...

Wowzers! That's a beautiful quilt top. In no time at all it will be a finished quilt.

TheItinerantChemist said...

That layout is gorgeous, it sets off the blocks so well, they look like ripples. Congrats on getting so far. :)

Frances said...

Lovely colours and a great layout. I look forward to your quilting.

Sylvia Anderson said...

Good morning Cynthia.....Your pineapple blocks are just gorgeous and the color choices set them off beautifully. I would never have the patience to work with all those tiny pieces, not would my hands allow me to do so, but I can certainly admire and appreciate the work of others and can't wait to see the finished quilt. You should be very proud of this beautifully crafted quilt top.
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Rachel said...

It's lovely! I like the layout with the blocks floating on a swath of black! Nice work.

Michele T said...

Beautiful quilt and I love, love, love those colours!!!