Sunday, 21 December 2014

Pineapples

One #pineappleblock for you @clothwork Just need to decide on corner fabrics :)
The pineapple block wasn't a pattern that I loved when I first saw it, but then I came across this version by Amber and I started getting a little obsessed. I love the illusion of circles that appear between the blocks, they really soften all the prickly angles. When Melissa started posting pineapple quilt blocks in beautiful inky colours, I offered to make her a block to say thank you for her recent generosity. And selfishly, it gave me an excuse to make one block before committing to a pineapple quilt of my own.
 
These blocks are not fast! I took my time, it's not perfect, it doesn't sit completely flat. I'm crossing my fingers that Melissa can actually use it in her quilt. Imperfections and all, I love it and I've added pineapple quilt to my bucket list for next year. To piece the block, I used this Instructables tutorial that Melissa is using. It's a great tutorial if, like me, you'd rather piece than foundation piece.  

I think even the back looks pretty with all those open seams.

And amidst all the busy-ness, I've squeezed in a few last-minute gifts. A needlebook using the wonderful tutorial by Amy at nanaCompany and my other go-to gift, a drawstring bag using Svetlana's drawstring bag tutorial. I still have a couple more last minute gifts to make. I'm counting on getting some sewing time today.


Friday, 12 December 2014

Three Christmas Pillows

I had so much fun making my Great Pillow Fight Swap pillow recently that I carried on and made two more pillows using the same block design. I've been patiently waiting for all three pillows to arrive at their new homes so that I could share them here. This is the original version, made for Debbie in the Great Pillow Fight Swap.  

 
 
 
This version, in more traditional Christmas colours, was made for my online quilting friend, Karen. I went for a simple setting for this version, no tricky half blocks to make! The sashing is Alison Glass Sunprint Text in white.


The last pillow was made for Leanne in our do.Good.Stitches Care Circle Christmas swap. I used some Denyse Schmidt Sweet Ruby fabrics that my friend Deb bought while she was in the US recently and was generous enough to share. I quilted this one in a serpentine stitch, the stitch makes me think of ribbons which seemed appropriate for a Christmas pillow. I had planned to bind this pillow, but in the end I decided that it didn't need binding, maybe because the sashing was a bit busier?

And a favourite Aneela Hoey Cherry Christmas print for the back.

It was a fun exercise to play with different colours, setting and quilting. I'm hoping to get one more version made but it might be for Christmas 2015.

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