I still have the mailing label stickers on all of the block centers because I'm paranoid about messing up the layout. Pinning these blocks together is going SO slowly and, now that I'm trying to pin two complete rows together, the pins I've already put in are getting caught up on each other and getting pulled out... Grrr...
I've got my #97D Patchwork foot with seam guide on my Bernina, which I love -- because it lets me focus 100% of my attention AHEAD of the needle and presser foot, so I can make sure the raw fabric edges are perfectly aligned and the lower seam allowances aren't flipped BEFORE they get to the needle. But using that seam guide means my pins are in "backwards," with the pin heads to the left and the tips of the pins pointing to the right, and no part of the pin is protruding beyond the edge of the fabric.
|See How I'm Using Just the Tip of My Pins?|
|First Two Rows Together!|
|Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy!|
|Original 19th Century Pineapple Log Cabin Quilt|
|As Square As I Can Manage|
With 36 blocks rather than 16, my quilt is twice as large as the original even before factoring in the borders mine will have. Here's that original 19th century quilt again:
|Full View of Original Quilt, 74 x 76|
I absolutely love how vibrant and MODERN this antique quilt feels, don't you? Although, gotta confess -- with as long as I've been working on this quilt, I've got misgivings about actually putting it on my bed and sleeping under it once it's finished. Maybe I should make a clear vinyl "duvet cover" to protect it like the Italian grandmothers used to put on their sofas?
|Clear Vinyl Cover For My Pineapple Quilt? Yea or Nay?|
Okay, break's over -- back to work, everyone! Today I'm linking up with:
• Whoop Whoop Fridays at www.confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com
• Finished Or Not Friday at www.busyhandsquilts.blogspot.com
Oh my goodness! Laughing out loud at my desk. Yes, I've totally felt what you're feeling after sewing just one seam with a complicated quilt that requires an insane amount of matching. This is probably why I'm inclined to sashing. :D
you are so funny!
I love this idea.... in concept if not in making....I have so many blue and green scraps and how wonderful they are together! Make me one! lol
The pineapple quilt is pretty! Love the secondary pattern which I was unaware would happen. Appreciate close up of stitching matched seams. Geesh, they appear to be on the diagonal. Hope a blooger Makes a pin suggestion as I have the same need. By the way, your pins are snazzy and they are doing their job nicely. Maker please? OMGoodness on the vinyl covered furniture with lady smoking. A classic photo from back in the day - for real! Keep sewing as quilt is going to be awesome.
It's going to be stunning and so worth it! Cheering you on from the sidelines.
It’s going to be magnificent! Well worth your time and effort. Lol, plastic/vinyl covers! Such memories!
Great looking intersections. I thought the forked pins were for this situation. I know they are thicker than desired. However I thought the two prongs stabilized the fabric better than one or even two pins in an area. Personally I only have one or two and do use them for matching plaids at times. I forget about them most often and use a wash away tape or glue if I am desperate enough. If the item is worth the effort my last ditch effort is to hand baste the offending areas together. I did do this when making my daughter's wedding dress. Every stinking seam was hand basted with silk thread to ensure nothing shifted. It worked. The silk thread removes easily and left no marks, even after pressing.
Your quilt is going to be so beautiful!
Have you tried gluing your seam intersections with Elmer's school glue? Or one of the wash out applique glues? This has worked for me. Small dot of glue at the intersection then iron to dry.
I love the pineapple block and having put together several of them I feel your pain. Yes there are so many seams to match - it takes time especially doing a king size!! Keep at it and it will get done even if it takes one day to pin one row and one day to sew it!
I love your pineapple blocks and quilt-in-the-making! So inspiring, I want to make one!
About the pinning, I would just take the guide off and pin normally. I like the security of a blue paint masking tape guide, maybe a couple layers high. I have a 750, love the 97D foot but use it without the guide whenever the guide would interfere with my pins: curves and matching heavily pinned seams. I use the guide on the table and stitch plate.
1. Not just Italians with the sofa thing...Germans from small towns in the Midwest were in on that game!
2. This quilt just ROCKS! It is awesome! You MUST sleep under it and enjoy it.
3. You also MUST go immediately to The Quilt Show and watch Susan Cleveland talk about how she sews seams. It will blow your mind. I think it's still free today but will be part of paid content tomorrow (Sun) I think. Link here: https://thequiltshow.com/component/allvideoshare/video/show-2308-susan-cleveland-it-s-hip-to-be-a-modern-dresden
Beautiful! I'm inspired to go start piecing pineapples. I've already downloaded the pattern.
lol I remember those vinyl covers! My mother-in-law even used a vinyl runner on top of the carpeting. Your rows on the pineapple quilt look amazing. You are doing a fantastic job of matching. The only thought I had for you would be: what about pinning only one block at a time, sewing that seam, pinning another block, sewing that seam, and continue until the rows are attached?
I totally nix the vinyl cover idea - this quilt is made to be loved, and used, and cuddled up in. And every time you sleep under it you're going to feel so *accomplished*! As you should. It's totally, 100% FABULOUS, and yes, you should talk about that seam as much as you want. Have fun with the next one!
A beautiful start, it'll be amazing!
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