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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