Sunday, March 16, 2008

IN THE BEGINNING


Well, I did it. I started another project. I couldn't help it. One of my friends here at the shop was teaching a class on making a pineapple quilt using a paper foundation. So I spent quite a bit of time cutting 1-1/2" strips of darks and lights this week getting ready for the class. I have always wanted to make this quilt, and taking this class was just the excuse I needed. I have no idea how many projects I have that are in various stages of completion (there is an optimistic word!). I would know, if only I had them in nice neat boxes all stacked and labeled so I could count them. (I know some of you out there do just that--and bravo!) Today someone in class commented that this would be a great project for cleaning up the sewing room floor. Now there is someone who I can definitely identify with! This is a great scrappy project and I am digging through my stash finding all kinds of good stuff I can use. This quilt is like a walk down memory lane, using fabric pieces from the beginning of time. "Oh look! I think Eve had this in The Garden". Talk about someone who had to work from scraps!

As I was slicing my 1-1/2" strips I ended up with many pieces that were more narrow than 1-1/2" wide. "Oh goody!" says I, " I can sew them into scrappy strips". So I did. The one pictured is trimmed at 3" wide and looks so pretty to me. I am going to continue to do that just for fun and then decide how to use it. It would make a pretty border. It would make a pretty band around a tote bag. Oh the possibilities.


This week was also spent working on the border pieces for the star quilt I posted previously. I am excited to put this together! I have all the Tri-Recs geese sewn in strips, so maybe tomorrow I will see if they will fit in place. Yes, tomorrow is Monday. Another fresh start. Where will it take us?



Addendum: When I was writing earlier I didn't have this info in front of me, but anyone interested in the foundation papers for the pineapple can find them at www.littlefoot.net. They are by Lynn Graves. Your LQS may have them or could order them. They sure make it easy and precise!

21 comments:

lily boot said...

Oooh! I love your flying geese - so inspiring to see it with different dimensions - it makes it all fresh and exciting again! And I must agree - sewing up strips that were almost designated trash is so fulfilling! I feel positively thrifty when I do that instead of highly indulged with fabric. :-)

doni said...

I love scrap quilts - and I love the tri-rex geese. Just noticed that type of block in another site and wondered how it was made - tada - you answered it. Glad I came over!

Pineapple log cabin is on my "life" list too.

Kathie said...

Love the pineapple quilt block. Did you buy the paper pre printed for the block?
The tri-rec geese are awesome.
I have those rulers will have to try those for a border some day.
Kathie

Karen said...

Ooh neat post. I have the nicest pineapple blocks from one of these classes that was taught at Little Quilts....not done!!! Only three blocks and it's almost done. Maybe if you keep talking about your pineapple class I will get inspired and finish it.

Ahava Hopps Brooke said...

That pineapple is going to be beautiful. Be sure to post more as you get further.

RE: cleaning up the fabric room floor - umm, I'm not brave enough to post the status of my sewing room floor. ;-)

Karen said...

You are funny! I liked the comment about Eve's fabric from The Garden of Eden.
I like to paper piece pineapple blocks better than any other method I have tried.

Crazy for Primitive Quilts & Gardens said...

Oh I really need to learn to paper piece! I have no idea. It just makes everything so crisp and I fail at that miserably, lol. You have some new, fantastic projects started, or in "various stages of completion." Love that term! :o)

Beth said...

I love your Pineapple Quilt block. How big is the quilt going to be? I would love to do that pattern and use my scraps. Maybe that would be a great idea!

Nana B said...

All those little pieces that have no home now do right? I have a friend that keeps her scrap stuff (all the little pieces) in a bag next to her machine and instead of cutting thread at the start and stop of chain piecing just puts two of those scraps in and then has this wonderful chain of fabric to work with. It keeps the scraps off the floor. Some people have such good ideas. I really like all your little projects in the works. Can't wait to see the finished item. Mary

Libby said...

Mmmmm - those little strippies are just yummy! *s*

Perry said...

I like your pineapple, especially it's scrappy look. Great idea! I have done one quilt in them and have the fabric to do another, but I use a ruler, and not the foundation paper. And when I first saw your border for the stars, I thought, oh, what cute trees, lol.....

Darlene said...

Wow, look at all the fun you're having. Great looking projects!

Tracey in CT said...

OH, can't wait to see your pineapple quilt! I have used the foundation papers you are using and her stuff is the ONLY way I will ever do paperpiecing. I made a scrappy pineapple quilt with these, and it is one of my very favorite quilts ever!

Karen Dianne Lee said...

Oohhh, lots of yummy stuff posted today. Fantastic!

I say if you feel like staring something new - do it!

I'm interested in this paper pineapple technique. Might check that out but in the meantime I'll be watching yours come to fruition.

Oh and I loveeee the Tri-Recs geese. I want some of those!

So many projects, not enough energy!

*karendianne.

Annemiek said...

Don't count your UFO's! It could make you very depressed:)I have them neatly in plastic bags, but when i start to count I start to feel guilty when starting a new quilt. So counting is BAD!
Like the scrappy pineapple project!

Lea said...

You are absolutely right! It's a great idea to use all narrow strip scraps.*S*
Your pinapple looks wonderful. I love a bit orange color in it.
and those try-recs geese are so pretty. I love them! I'm very anxious to see entire this quilt.*S*

Finn said...

Hi Marcie, what a fun project, and digging in your older fabrics and recutting strips is just perfect!
Love the spin off projects too! What a great idea *VBS* Hugs, Finn

Dawn said...

Oh I have always wanted to have a pineapple quilt, but have been too chicken to start one! Yours block looks good so far!

Terry@quilt-nut said...

Love the paper pieced pineapple blocks. Do you do like paper piecing? I am fixing to start up a project with paper pieced trees and I really hate having to remove the paper but it is very accurate. Terry

Shelina said...

I just love starting new projects - and I can see how you couldn't resist this one. I love how you are using up your scraps for other blocks.
No, my projects in various stages of completion cannot really be counted. And I think I prefer it that way.

Susan said...

I thought I recognized those pineapple papers! One of the places we stay almost every year, at some point, is Chama, NM, where Littlefoot is. I have bought a lot of fan and pineapple papers over the years. =)