The Captivated Pineapple
I’m so delighted that there’s been a major change in the weather. An almost 30 degree change. Finally, my sewing room is at a comfortable temperature and I can work on my projects without dripping sweat all over them. The weeks of extreme heat though has really got me behind and I’ll have to sew 24/7 for awhile to catch up but I don’t mind. Those who have a passion for quilting can relate in that being locked up in the girl cave for weeks really isn’t a bad thing!
Today, I want to introduce you to a quilt I am working on and I call it the Captivated Pineapple. You’ll probably remember the other day when I shared some fat quarters I received by monthly subscription called “Captivate” by Camelot Fabrics. I was so elated with these pieces of fabric that I went and ordered a hefty amount of yardage.
I had never made a pineapple quilt in my life and I envisioned these fabrics to make a nice combination of colours. When my yardage arrived, I got right to work. I had 42 pineapple blocks to make just to cover the top of my queen bed and I’d also make this as quilt as you go. My mind is still working on how to do the borders but for now, the top is all that’s on my mind.
I’m so impatient at times, you know. Usually when I begin a quilt, I’ll rush and get a complete block or two done just so I can see what the result is. So, here I started a few blocks, After they were complete, I ended up just chain-stitching one piece at a time until all 42 blocks were made.
I’m making a confession. Chain-stitching 1 piece of fabric to 42 blocks, then doing it again and again and again really puts me to sleep. It’s more exciting to just complete each block before moving to the next. Add to that quilting of each block before they can be joined is even more of a snoozer. I managed over numerous nights to get all the blocks completed but am only quilting six at a time and joining them. This way, I see a bit of progress and don’t give up.
In the picture below, I am sewing a 1″ strip to the back of the block, and a 2″ strip pressed in half to the front. These strips are what will join 2 blocks together.
When joining the blocks, it always gives me a sense that I’m making progress. For this quilt top, I’m joining 6 blocks together for each row and there will be 7 rows, In the picture below, I am first joining two blocks together with the 1″ backing strip. The backs of the block are facing each other.
Once the blocks are joined by the 1″ strip, it’s time to fold over the top 2″ strip and top stitch. I like to sew down both sides. It’s more sturdy in my opinion and looks nicer. You’ll notice I’ve used the same fabric for the sashing as the main fabric of the quilt top. I’m not a personal fan of blocks framed with what looks like borders and using the same main fabric will give a bit of illusion that its not QAYG. The picture below shows the last line of sewing before two blocks are joined.
Now that a few blocks are joined, you can see how it’s coming along. I’m actually ready to sew the third row onto the first two rows. I plan on getting that done tomorrow or Sunday. When this baby is finished, I”ll post a few pics for you all.
For now, I’m heading to my girl cave to work on a little applique!
Intimidated by the Pineapple?
This Pineapple tool will make trimming your blocks easy peasy! Just click on the image to get one for yourself.
Do you love these fabrics too?
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Today, I want to introduce you to a quilt I am working on and I call it the Captivated Pineapple. You'll probably remember when I shared some fat quarters I received by monthly subscription called "Captivate" by Camelot. I was so elated with these pieces of fabric that I went and ordered a hefty amount of yardage.