Pineapple Fabrics recently sent an email requesting blocks to be made into quilts for Brenner Children’s Hospital. Some days I feel completely overwhelmed with making donation quilts, but this looked easy and fun. They asked for applique pineapple blocks, using a template they provided.
Here are mine:
A couple of my quilting buddies made even more, and Chela even used Dr. Seuss fabric for hers!
Here is the link to the Pineapple Pieces Project if you are interested. Full disclosure: these blocks were as fun and easy as they looked, I also appreciated not having to make a whole top and quilt it!
And I have donated this little art quilt of to the Studio Art Quilt Association’s annual auction.
Quarantine has provided a lot of good quilting time, though I miss getting together with my quilting buddies! I hope you are finding benefits to enforced time at home, too.
I guess every quilt has a story, but sometimes I think “Hoo-boy, this one really has a story!”
The finish here started with a shibori dying class with Debbie Maddy in 2018.
I decided to use the fat quarters (FQs) I’d dyed in the class to make a quilt using Debbie’s Usagi pattern.
The blocks were easy to make and I enjoyed the process. Then I decided to quilt it myself! I usually do pretty well quilting on my domestic machine, but my walking foot decided it didn’t want to participate. The resulting quilt was quite a mess. No, I did not take pictures!
I took out a lot of the quilting, using both a regular seam ripper and a tool that looks like a miniature electric razor. Both worked pretty well, and I managed not to make holes in the fabric!
Finally I got up the nerve to try again. I did small meandering in the blocks to make the rabbits stand out, some stitch-in-the-ditch around the blocks, and some wavy quilting in the border. Done!
Pattern: Usagi by Debbie Maddy
Fabric: Most shibori-dyed in class with Debbie Maddy; border is a commercial batik
Size: 44″ x 44″
Quilted by: me (twice–a learning experience!)
I’ll be teaching my fusible applique class, called Little House on the Wall (with no
Samples for the Little House workshop
apologies to Laura Ingles Wilder) at Studio Stitch in Greensboro (NC) on January 30.
I visited the shop recently to talk with the staff about materials for the class, and of course I HAD to look at EVERYTHING. Well, I needed to look so I could discuss what would be appropriate for the class, but it’s OK to just drool on the fabric a little, right?
They had landscape fabrics and plenty of batiks that will be great for the class.
There was even a bundle that seemed just made for creating my little houses!
I even found 28 weight thread for embellishment in a variety of yummy colors.
28 weight thread can be hard to find, but Studio Stitch has plenty!
Of course I wandered a little…they had gorgeous batiks made specifically for use with the Jacqueline De Jonge patterns. They even had one as a kit, with a more restful background fabric than this sample I took from Jacqueline’s site.
Yummy fabrics at Studio Stitch, where I sometimes teach
The ladies at the shop were all friendly and helpful, and I’m looking forward to teaching there. You can find out more about the shop and my class on the Studio Stitch website.