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:

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

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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.

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

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  5. It's beautiful! I just love the layout.

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  6. 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!!

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

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

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

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  10. 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!

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  11. 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

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  12. 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.

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  13. Your quilt is beautiful! Love your layout, :)

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  14. 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.

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  15. 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!

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

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  17. stunning fabrics and beautiful layout - definitely see your inspiration here

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

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  19. 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

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  20. All I can say is " WOW" !!! What a fantastic result! I'm really impressed!!!
    Esther
    esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo dot com

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  21. Beautiful colors and the black is outstanding!!!

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

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  23. COngrats on a beautiful finish Cynthia!

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

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

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  26. 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!

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  27. It really turned out beautiful!

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