Thursday, June 18, 2009

Before the hexagons there were pineapples

Long before I started making hexagons, there was this quilt.
The pieced blocks that make up the center of the quilt were made using a pattern called "Pineapple Blossom" by Bonnie Hunter. Each block uses 3 sizes of strips, and being a lover of scrappy quilts, I made neat little piles of as many different fabrics as I could find.
When the pieced blocks were completed and sewn together, I decided I wanted to add a border with some applique. I cut some white fabric into wide borders and then placed some leftover strips aound the quilt in a few different locations to decide where I wanted the appliqued flowers to go. This is just one way that a digital camera is such a handy tool in quilmaking. I took pictures of each of the arrangements so I could compare them and see what I liked best:
I liked the arrangement with applique in the opposite corners, so I pulled out some graph paper and decided on how to arrange the flowers and leaves.
It was easiest to complete the applique on the borders first, and then sew them onto the quilt. Here's what the appliqued flowers looked like after the quilting was done, and a closeup of the quilting in the plain white corners:
I didn't do the machine quilting. I'm more of a stitch in the ditch kind of quilter, and I just didn't know how to handle all that white space in the borders, so I had it professionally quilted by a longarmer.
I had lots of strips leftover and some of them are ending up as hexagons for my current project. However, any notion I had of using up my 30's scraps for this hexagon project is pretty amusing to me, now that I see how many hexagons can be made from just one 1 1/2" strip. :-)

8 comments:

  1. Oh, my, what a fresh and pretty quilt! Thanks for the peek into your process.

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  2. my DIL love repo & pastels, I love the borders- great work! cw

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  3. I love that scrappy pastel look. Your work is super and your longarmer did a nice job of the double feathers. Lane

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  4. That is absolutely gorgeous. The border is really pretty too.

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  5. This is a great looking quilt! I do like your addition of the applique border.

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  6. How fantastic, you have done a great job on this. I love all the scrappy pieces, it really makes you want to snuggle up under it. You have done great.

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  7. This is delightful and the applique makes your quilt special.

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