Thursday, August 27, 2015


This last week we have enjoyed some cooler weather. Although mid 80's seem warm for some of you, down here in Arkansas mid 80's in August is a blessing!  The cooler nights really get me to start thinking about getting Baltimore Garden ready for hand quilting. It's a large quilt so getting it sandwiched and pin basted will be a big job.  I started a few weeks ago making some templates for some of the shapes I want to use on the open background spaces.

I also placed my order for quilting betweens.  I ordered ten packages of 20 needles.  Hopefully that will be enough to finish this quilt! I am using YLI thread in natural. I love using a thread a bit darker than the background that I will be quilting.

After spending two years making the blocks and border and putting them together, it is now time to start the final leg of quilting it.  I want to honor the original quilt maker by using some of the same shapes provided in the pattern.  The quilt is quilted much like quilts in it's day. Shapes floating around with heavy background quilting.  I'm a bit apprehensive about starting. Will I  like the results?  There is only one way to know and that is to get started.

I have a few things I want to finish up before summer comes to an end. First,. I need to add the final rows of TATW. I started row 29 yesterday afternoon! Whoo Hoo!  I also have the fabric for row 30 chosen!  Then a row of black quarter square triangles to square it up and it will be a completed top.

 I printed out some paper foundations for a miniature pineapple quilt back in May. They have been shuffled back and forth from  one stack to another.  So earlier this week, I started piecing all nine blocks.  I have  14 seams out of 49 seams done on all nine blocks.  I find when I paper piece it is better to work on all the blocks at the same time and repeat each seam in each block.  It just makes it much easier for my brain to get it right.  A little miniature top will make a great warm up piece to get me back to hand quilting since it has been a while!

My stack of nine blocks ready for seam #15

Hopefully all nine will look like this soon!  This was a sample block that I made earlier this summer.  Then I need to think about how to set these blocks you know sashing, no sashing, on point, not on point, border, no border.  Would love to hear how you would lay out the nine pineapple blocks!!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Out of Control!

Today I will be joining Kathy over at Slow Stitching Sunday as I try to finish row 27 of my TATW.  Row 30 will be bringing this quilt to it's final size.  I find when I get this close to finishing a project that it takes control of me and becomes my focus.  All my other projects will take a back seat as I work on these final rows.

As I stitch today, I will start asking this quilt how it wants to be quilted.  I already know that  the quilting will take a back seat on this one.  The graphic design will play the lead role. Yet those stitches will play a big supporting role.
Isn't it wonderful that a simple shape like a square can turn into something so wonderful. As I add each new round this quilt has surprised me.  My goal was to use pieces of fabric that have been in my stash way too long and to get comfortable with hand piecing.  My fabric choices depended on whether there was enough to do each round.  Yes totally out of control here, but it sure has been a fun project!
I was a bit concerned after row 26 Getting a bit boring!

But these polka dots saved the day!