Okay, not really ugh because things are exciting and fun and feeling purposeful these days. But there’s a lotta meandering going on right now. Wanna see some more pineapple blocks?
These are some labor-intensive little 3.5″ guys. Each block takes about an hour. And now that I have more than this handful done, I have no idea how to use them. Here’s a mock-up of the repeat in black and white to see how the geometry works out.
Kinda neat, right? Well, it looks muddy and crowded, if you look at it in color. And I’m pretty sure this isn’t going to be how this quilt turns out. However, you have my word that this will not be my last pineapple shindig. I am enrapt.
Still unsure about how to pull this collection of individually thrilling little guys together into something bigger that works. Mulling mulling mulling…but not paralyzed. I decided to try stuff out and get a better feel for the terrain. First up? Go BIG!
Oddly enough, it takes and hour to make a 12″ (improv) block too. [See the orange one below. Blue one for size comparison.]
Been wanting to try my hand at designing with pineapple blocks for a while now, though experimenting with ideas that have been rattling around for years only means that a zillion new ideas crop up and haunt one. And, of course, none of this is my goal. Ooops.
More pineapples and log cabins are to come. And October is festival season and my calendar is bursting at the seams. Soon some sheep, wool, and wool-loving friends… there’ll be more to discuss.
It also turns out that having the time to do some work for RealJob that is quite fulfilling means that I definitely work way more hours than usual and, from time to time, feel the same level of stress. What’s great is that the work is so enjoyable that the time investment isn’t painful and the stress in this moment is anxious energy spent on things that actually matter.
Anyway…off to fret productively. Have a great week!
Every so often, I write up these frequently asked questions thingies. Folks keep asking the questions but it’s useful when a project lags for years to have a place to turn to recall details. So, you know, here we go again.
Give us the vital stats: Well, the strips begin at about 3/4″ wide, so the blocks tend to range between 2.75″ and 3″ square. I’m trimming them all down to 2.75″. This means there’ll be a little wonkiness. Not going for exaggerated wonky in this project, however, just want some character flaws here and there.
How many blocks? So far, there are 298 sewn, pressed, and trimmed. That’s just a bit less than half of the goal for a decent lap quilt.
Are you foundation piecing? Nope. Just improvisationally piecing using only scissors until the final round. Again, this shows the human hand at work and avoids the rigidity of sharp paper piecing. Don’t get me wrong, sharp and precise corners make me weak in the knees but there’s just a time and place for that. This, I hope, will be scrappy and a little shabby—purely comfortable.
How will you decide on a layout? I have no idea. This one has been on the design wall for a few weeks and I’ve fiddled with it as more blocks get done. Honestly, just making the blocks feels great. And, in many ways, I’m not sure I care as much about the final quilt. That whole Process-versus-Product is a strong dichotomy for me—and it varies by project. Since there are still quite a few blocks left to make, it’s not yet time to fret about the next step of the plan.
How do you keep the monotony of such projects from doing you in? Great question! Most of my quilts are not block-based because I get bored easily with that sort of piecework. With these just think of each block as a separate mini-project. Every block is different, built with spontaneous choices from a wide variety of fabrics.
What fabrics? Scraps from friendly quilters all over the world, along with my own. I’ve been fortunate to receive the small fragments that folks might have thrown away and helped to find productive life for then in several projects.
Do you have scraps from your scrap piecing? Not this time. The only waste is dust, it seems. This will wipe out my scrap stash pretty much.
Do you want more scraps? Thanks for the offer, but not now. Spending years…yep YEARS…sewing with other folks’ discards means I’ve not touched my stash of prints in forever. Time to revisit my own choices and see what they might amount to. Ask me again in a year, though. I’m sure I’ll be looking for a new challenge then.
When will you finish this quilt? *shrugs shoulders* I dunno. Taking a break to make pineapples and trying not to get distracted by more shiny things.
Any other questions?