Friday, April 10, 2015

Friday Finish!

Back in December, I put together a list of goals to achieve in 2015.  One of those goals was to start working on my quilty bucket list.  The list is long and if I don't start work on these little masterpieces, they all won't get done.  

So in January I continued work on a pineapple quilt that I started back in 2007.




 I have had 30 of the blocks finished for quite some time.  They were a lot of work as each strip finishes at 3/4" wide.  These blocks finish out at 8".






Here is a nice view of the back of a block.  These were not paper-pieced - I carefully pieced these using the pineapple ruler.

Once I sewed the last corner piece on these blocks, I was so burnt out on the project it has taken me over 5 years to get them back out to finish.



 Having only 30 blocks, I knew I was going to have to get creative on the layout.  They danced about on my design wall for quite some time before I settled on a layout.






Once I started sewing them up, I quickly fell in love again with the project.


When I started this project, I was inspired by a few of my pendleton blankets.  I wanted a quilt with a lodge feel in nice warm colors.




In no time at all, I had a finished quilt top.



So many of the fabrics in this quilt have memories from older projects.  I am glad this quilt will be staying with me.


Once the top was finished, I loaded it up on my frame and quilted it.  I don't often bump my client quilts but this one wanted to be quilted right away!  A stacked swirl design was done in the black background and some simple line work was quilted in the blocks.  I didn't want any of the quilting to distract from the piecing.


 I did have to shop for a backing for this one.  Nothing in my stash seemed quite right.  Luckily, I found the perfect piece at my favorite quilt shop.  Hurray, it was even on sale!


Now that I have one of my bucket list quilts finished, it is time to get started on the next one.  Not sure what it will be but I will certainly share it with you once I decide!  



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31 comments:

Michele T said...

Your quilt is absolutely gorgeous!! I love the colours, the pattern... everything!!!

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

Congratulations! That is so awesome that you committed to working on your bucket list and this is a fabulous start. I really love the way the swirls help draw your eye around the layout you chose for the blocs.

Denise Russell said...

Beautiful colors and quilting!

em's scrapbag said...

This is gorgeous! Good job checking one off the bucket list. Here's to a long life full of quilting. It will take that to finish our bucket lists.

Ramona said...

What a gorgeous quilt! The colors in your blocks just glow against the dark background. It is just beautiful.

Brenna said...

It's beautiful! I just love the layout.

LynneP said...

Such a beautiful finish!

Vicki in MN said...

I am so glad you get to keep this one-it is just gorgeous!! Isn't it just the greatest feeling to finish up an old UFO!!

deb said...

Beautiful!

Micki @ 2 Dogs Studio said...

The quilt is beautiful and the quilting fabulous, as usual. micki@2dogsstudio.us

Barb N said...

Beautiful quilt! So glad you got it finished. It deserved it's place in the limelight.

Chantal said...

Wow. Congratulations on a WONDerful finish. It is really striking and warm. Love it.

Lara B. said...

Cyndy, you have such a creative genius! The way you layed these beautiful pineapple blocks out is so wonderful! I love every single detail, from the fabrics to the quilting!

DianeLoves2Quilt said...

I love the layout and the colors. The precision and chosen quilting pattern are stunning. I agree. Perfect backing choice. It is truly beautiful and you have inspired me once again. I have a stack and whack quilt started in 2011 - the kind where six identical triangles get sewn into a hexagon. I got overwhelmed and have hidden it away. My 2015 goal is to be decisive and either finish it or repurpose it. I did the math on how many hexagons and I think I may have gotten it wrong by a factor of two. But it is still a lot! After reading your post I realize there is hope and I have renewed courage to peek at it again. If you want to peek it is in my post http://dianeloves2quilt.blogspot.com/2011/10/mask-quilt.html

knitnkwilt said...

Isn't it amazing how fast a top goes together when the blocks are already made! :-) The colors and setting are beautiful--definitely worth having gotten out and finishing.

Anita said...

Your quilt is beautiful! Love your layout, :)

Maartje Quilt said...

Congrats with the finish of this gorgeous quilt. The lay out and blocks are amazing. I love the quilting. The back matches your top perfect. I love this quilt.

Lorna McMahon said...

Congrats on a fabulous finish! Those rich blocks deserved this grand finish. Love the layout you chose and the dark background really makes the colours shine!

Kathy said...

This block is beautiful and so is the layout! I don't blame you for wanting to keep it.

Stitchin At Home said...

I love it! The layout is great.

Lynda said...

stunning fabrics and beautiful layout - definitely see your inspiration here

Gunilla said...

Beautiful blocks and I love the layout! Creative!!!

Andrea Stoeckel said...

I also finished a very long in coming WIP that's 2 years old. I think it would be catagorized as a string quilt. 2 years, 3 bobbins, 2 needles and a spool and a half of thread, on a Singer Simple machine, its done. We haven't taken pics yet but soon!

I have to tell you, your work is beautiful. The blocks alone! But the layout rocks

ipatchandquilt said...

All I can say is " WOW" !!! What a fantastic result! I'm really impressed!!!
Esther
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Miriam Ayala said...

Beautiful colors and the black is outstanding!!!

Jasmine said...

I love it! Especially how you let the piecing shine. Your quilting really enhances it.

Val's Quilting Studio said...

COngrats on a beautiful finish Cynthia!

Vera said...

Congrats on a great finish. Those colors are pretty nice to look at. Cool layout and lovely quilting! Well done!

Tilkunviilaaja said...

Congratulations on finishing a project which has been a WIP for a long time! It was so worth it! Beautiful and snuggly looking!

Elizabeth said...

Thank you so much for posting this incredibly beautiful pineapple log cabin! I laughed when I read your post about having 30 blocks hanging around since around 2007 - me, too!! - except, my blocks are red/black/yellow/white/off-white and are paper-pieced. I love the way you've set these so you can have a finished quilt. I am inspired to come up with an alternative way to use my completed blocks now that does not involve making 60 more for a finished size!!

This is a real beauty!

Michele said...

It really turned out beautiful!