Sunday, May 12, 2013

Making Adjustments

A few weeks ago, I joined several other gals at Mary's Barn in Grove City to make a Pineapple Block. It was a foundation-pieced block and was fun to make. It'd been awhile since I last did any foundation piecing, so it was nice to revisit the technique.

Well, that one block became 3, and I stitched them together with the thought of making a small, skinny table topper for our screened porch. The more I looked at that skinny thing, though, the more I thought it needed more substance. If I added 3 more blocks, it would be twice as wide and would make more of a statement.

So that is what I did.

This is the skinny table topper. With a border, it might have looked okay, but I thought I'd be happier with it if it were doubled.

I made 3 more blocks. Once you get into a rhythm with these things, they go pretty fast. I thought I'd never finish the first one that day at the barn. I kept forgetting to press back the piece I'd just sewn before sewing the new piece. (Those of you who foundation piece will follow that, I'm sure...)

The only thing I really needed to concentrate on was getting the colors placed the way I wanted them. That, and remembering to open the piece last stitched before adding a new piece. I've got that down, now.

I am so glad I added more blocks. This has so much more interest and the "pineapples" really pop. Now, I need to consider what I will do about a border. I have some of the four colors left. I could make a skinny white border, and then do something with the four colors. Piano keys? Four-patches? Maybe nothing? I will audition some things.

Happy Mother's Day to all of you moms out there! My kiddos came through with the gift certificates to Old Town Fabrics, so I'm a happy gal.

Happy Quilting, Friends!


  1. That is fantastic. Lovely summery colours and I agree, it has much more presence as a double width runner.

  2. That is just beautiful! I love to paper piece, but I'm not sure I'd take on that did a great job on it. Happy Mother's Day to you, too...enjoy your day!

  3. I love this! The fabric and colors are really bright and pretty. You're inspiring me to try this pattern myself.


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