Quilting, Farming, Variety

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Finished? Not Just Yet

They're finished; 120, six and one-half inch, paper pieced, scrappy blocks.

Each block is made up of 37 pieces, small enough to use all those little scraps I've saved from other quilting projects.  Paper piecing makes it possible to achieve perfectly straight seams when sewing such small pieces of fabric.

I had wondered if the quilt would look too "busy" or a jumbled mass of color, but in my opinion it's one of the prettiest I've ever pieced.

The block pattern is called the pineapple block; I suppose it's because of the way the pieces radiate out from the center square.

This is where I got the pattern, inside the April, 1999, American Patchwork and Quilting magazine.  It is called Scrap Apple since it's made from scraps.  And, as you can see from this picture, my quilt is not finished, only the center part; it will have a border with appliqued flowers and vines.  So I still have much work before I can really say "It's finished!"  I'm getting a real lesson in patience!  

Charlotte





23 comments:

  1. This looks like the quilts my great grandma used to make. So colorful and pretty, and not like some of the fancy ones they do nowadays. I really prefer your kind of quilt!! How you have the patience for that is beyond me, but it is gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you, Judy. I get so much joy from seeing all the little cast-a-ways put into something pretty. It seems a lot of the quilts now are made by patterns that can be made without much time or effort.

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  2. This really might be the prettiest quilt top you have made...but, I have said that about lots of other beautiful quilts you have made. :~) I think using the same color for the center of each block gives it unity and keeps it from appearing too busy. I can't wait to see the appliqued flowers and vines around this beautiful quilt!

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  3. Wow, that's a lot of work for one square. Great job!

    FlowerLady

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  4. I agree with Chip Butter; that keeping all the center of the blocks in red unifies the scrappiness. The quilt is amazing and I can't get over the tiny pieces. Congratulations on the finish of this part of the quilt and best of luck with the borders.

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  5. Wow that is so beautiful and I've never heard of this one. I'd love to give one a try sometime. I've sure got lots of scraps to use up and don't believe in wasting any. I can't wait to see it with those borders.

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  6. That is so pretty. Looks like a complicated block to piece, end result is great.

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  7. This is so pretty, Charlotte! You have turned all of those tiny scraps of fabric into a beautiful piece of art.

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  8. What a great job you did on that quilt! I love scrappies. Our quilting ancestors had to use every bit of whatever they had and so it speaks to me on that level every time. Hugs xoxoxo

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  9. Oh my goodness! It's absolutely gorgeous, Charlotte. I love it. I can't even imagine how much time you have put into that. What a treasure!

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  10. So much work and how lovely it is! You certainly have the talent. It all matches up so beautifully!

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  11. This is so beautiful! You did a great job!

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  12. What a great quilt! I applaud your stick-to-itiveness!

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  13. Oh
    how talented you are.
    Reminds me of my mother's
    constant quilting
    Here
    I can hardly thread a needle
    have some slacks laying on a chair
    for months
    I need to hem :)

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  14. What an amazing quilt! How wonderful to use up all your scrapes. It is so pretty, great job.

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  15. I love your pineapple block pattern. I recall my mama made a pineapple quilt. What beautiful colors you have used in this quilt. You have an amazing talent.

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  16. You have such patience and talent, Charlotte! It is bright and beautiful.

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  17. Well, heck I'm sittin' here wondering how I missed this post, Charlotte. I will tell you though, that the beautiful quilt reminds me so much of the ones my grandmother made. Hers were normally very colorful as well. I remember starting a regular little squares quilt, and by the time I was 12, she finished it for me. LOL I don't even know what has become of that quilt. I know when Mom passed away, there were a lot of quilts in the attic. It had not even been a week when "one" member of the family wanted to crawl up there to get her share. I love her to pieces, but I asked if she would mind waiting a while since I was tied up handling everything. Anyway, once she did that, and I wasn't paying much attention at the time, I'm left with 2 and then the one our great-grandmother made. It's in plastic and I'm afraid to take it out as it's really old. My grandmother was born in 1873; I'm not sure when her mother was born. :)

    xoxo

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  18. Just checking in to say howdy, and hope you're doing well. :)

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  19. I love this pineapple block pattern. Your quilt is so beautiful with the bright colors. My mama used to make this quilt. It's very pretty and you've done a wonderful job.

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  20. Dear Charlotte,
    I've been away from blogging for awhile...so I missed this lovely post! What a gorgeous quilt! So homey...yet vibrant and exciting...all at the same time! My sister just started doing some paper piecing...I haven't attempted it yet...but you've got me definitely interested!
    Sweet blessings,
    Laura

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