|Pineapple Log Cabin Layout Finalized|
|Aerial Shot Taken From Upper Commons Balcony|
|Labeled With Stickers|
When I headed to the church with my stack of blocks, I was planning to just lay out 30 of my blocks in a 5 x 6 grid, to which I would add a border of partial blocks around all four sides with scalloped edges to get the finished quilt large enough for my California King bed. That would have looked something like this:
|Scalloped Partial Block Border Plan|
But I have already made 36 blocks, and you know what? I just do not want to make any more of them. I want to be DONE with this quilt; I want it out of my studio and onto my bed, this pineapple log cabin quilt that has been exactly FOUR YEARS in the making. If I had any idea this quilt would take me so long, I would never have started it in the first place.
I don't know if this is just a summer phase, but I am moving away from clutter and overscheduling and overcomplicating and working on simplifying my life right now. I've backed out of some commitments that were taking up too much of my time and energy, I've whacked a bunch of things off my To Do list that don't really need to get done, and I'm looking at this sewing hobby that is supposed to be relaxing and holding myself accountable for turning every single project into a giant flying stress monkey! I have 6 quilts in progress right now, none of which are ready to be loaded onto my empty longarm frame, and I know that I also
And so, I am not making any more pineapple log cabin blocks, and I am using all 36 blocks that I have already made. In order to get to the size I need to fit my bed comfortably, I will be adding a 3/4" solid blue border, same width as my pineapple strips, and then I am going to add a 6" wide outer border in this large scale Kaffe Fassett Collective print that I selected at my not-quite-local quilt shop on Saturday afternoon:
|Kaffe Fassett Dream Floral in Red|
|Border Fabric Auditioned in EQ8 Software|
|Final Border Fabric Audition, In Situ|
I am SO EXCITED about this new plan that moves my pineapple quilt so much closer to completion! Woo-hoo!
Today I'm linking up with:
- · Oh Scrap! at Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework http://quiltingismorefunthanhousework.blogspot.com
- · Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts http://smallquiltsanddollquilts.blogspot.com
- · Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts http://www.cookingupquilts.com/
- · Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt http://lovelaughquilt.blogspot.com/
- · Moving it Forward at Em’s Scrap Bag: http://emsscrapbag.blogspot.com.au/
- · BOMs Away at Katie Mae Quilts: https://www.katiemaequilts.com/blog/
While your scalloped border would have been amazing I agree that you may have been over complicating your quilting life right now. This is a hobby for the long haul so put the border idea in your data bank for a time when commitments are fewer and time is more abundant. That way you can keep going into your 90's!
Absolutely love the Kafe Fassett border. So unexpected, yet so perfect. Good job!👍
That is going to be one terrific quilt. I really like how you originally designed your quilt. It would have been spectacular. On the other had I really think your solution is wonderful. And, I think it will give you more colors to choose from for pillow shams or just pillows on top of the bed. I'm looking forward to seeing the "real deal" rather than the EQ pic. Get hopping girl... there is a graduation quilt waiting to be done. (but don't stress!) And, remember, some dorm bedrooms have extra long twin beds in them.
I am so happy for this top to be moving! Yay!!!!
If I lived closer, I'd come help you pull paper from the backs of the blocks, just so I could see this quilt finished sooner. :D The border you picked is perfect! What a great choice. And I agree 100% on simplifying. It's happening here, too.
I love it - uncomplicate, de stress and enjoy!! And that pineapple quilt - Oh My Stars is it gorgeous!! the border fabric is going to be amazing on it!!!
Oh, I love to study all the beautiful blue and green fabrics in those blocks. A fantastic quilt. But I don't like to take away those papers, so I just wish you good luck!
I love pineapple quilts, and yours will be awesome! I don't think you could have found a better fabric for the border...looking forward to seeing it all finished!!
Thanks so much for sharing!!
Just beautiful, love your pineapple quilt and the fabric you selected. Nice border too.
Your quilt is going to be stunning! I don't blame you for not finishing more blocks. My pineapple quilt took me a decade to finish.
Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!
I too love your Kaffe choice for your border, it's amazing! And your pineapple blocks are truely a wonderful achievement!
You are doing a fantastic job. Making a decision to simplify comes to most of us when we discover being pulled in too many directions is not making a happy life. Yes we may enjoy all the tasks we commit to and find them worthwhile but at some point we discover balance is necessary. We can’t do it all. We each need our personal time as well as family time. Love the pineapple blocks and looking forward to your finish.
Oh WOW! Now I'm really impressed. That is some kind of quilt. I especially like this sentence in your post: "I am moving away from clutter and overscheduling and overcomplicating and working on simplifying my life right now. I've backed out of some commitments that were taking up too much of my time and energy." Relax!
I've just gone through a stack of magazines and other odds and ends your M-I-L had next to her bed. They are in the trash right now. Lots of quilting mags and other things that never got acted on. Life is short and we can only do so much.
You are the most meticulous of all quilters I know. Your only devotion is to the final product. It does not matter what it takes or how long it takes. Every step, every decision and every stitch is a pursuit of perfection. And I am in awe of you. When I find suitable adjectives for the Pineapple quilt top, I will return to comment. For now I am going to Thesaurus.
Yippee heading toward the finish.
I do have to say I really do like the scalloped board layout you designed, perhaps for another quilt sometime or perhaps for me to use ?
I do think where you are with your own quilting the current design makes perfect since (scents, cents) English is my only language and still finding the correct word and spelling is a challenge.
I love your final layout! That KF is perfect for the final border. So happy for you that you are on the home stretch of your wonderful gorgeous pineapple quilt!
I like that you're honest about being sick of a certain project and just wanting to finish it so you don't have to work on it anymore. I have three quilts like that now. I made the mistake of overcomplicating the quilting, when I really prefer the piecing... it's taking ages and making the quilts too stiff ... for two of them I can still change the plans to some simpler version, the other one I hope will soften up in the wash.
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