Wednesday, February 5, 2014

What's up at my house . . .

Dresden Doilies 


I'm still working on hand appliquéing my dresden blocks to my red background.  I've added the top and bottom outer border since you've seen it last, two side borders left to add.

One of my 2014 goals is to finish my pineapple quilt, this red and white pineapple quilt.  I've decided to  make 10 blocks once a month, in-between projects. That's what I'm working on now.  My goal is 100 blocks, I'm not even halfway there, but 10 blocks a month gets me a finished quilt this year, hopefully before fall!


This is an easy project to start and stop on, all my strips are cut and in project boxes, and I'm paper piecing the blocks, so it's easy to pick up where I left off.

I have made a sample border block.


Instead of having the blocks go out into infinity and beyond, I thought I might like a border, a pieced border, a pieced pineapple border.


So I can go with the block on the left, which is the same block for all of the quilt, or the block on the right, which keeps the pineapple look but gives the quilt a stopping point.  I'm leaning towards the block on the right for my outer border.  I would also need to make 4 special blocks for each corner.

When I blogged about making a year round Toulouse I got several comments about obtaining the pattern.  The pattern is available in the Miss Rosie Online Store.  You can order a paper pattern or an instant download PDF pattern.  I see me making this quilt sooner as opposed to later, like maybe March.  Keep it in mind as you work on your current projects and upcoming project list, maybe we can sew along together!

Click here for pdf pattern link.

Thanks also for your emails and concerns  regarding the goings on at my house.  Yes, I'm blogging less but am fine, we're all fine.  Several of  my blogging buddies have quit blogging altogether, right now I intend to continue to blog, but probably not every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday as in the past.  But all is good here!

Happy Sewing!






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24 comments:

  1. Your pineapple is amazing...love the border block idea....that will make a wonderful frame . Glad to see everything is OK at your house...I'm with you on the blogging... I'd've been spending less time in the computer...my blog is so far behind...

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  2. I'm with Carol. It's a perfect frame for your pineapples!

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  3. Your Dredsen quilt has come along nicely and bet you will have another completed project real soon. Love the pineapples and wow.....lots of them! Glad to see you online and guess it takes a lot of time to post blogs on a regular basis.....but glad you do! Thanks

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  4. I love all of these quilts, mainly because they are above my skill set and I would love to get 'that good' one of these days! Toulouse is another beauty but all of those flying geese have me a bit skiddish. I"ll get there eventually. In the meantime, I'll be watching you :)

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  5. Your pineapple is coming along nicely. If you go with the border idea (which I like btw), making the corner blocks is the trickiest part (at least I found it so) because you have to pay very careful attention to what color you put where.

    I understand about the blogging frequency. I sometimes wonder what more I can possibly have to say! Plus, you are using Instagram. I look but don't post there yet.

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  6. Your pineapple quilt will be incredible! I admire you for being able to work on such intense blocks in only two colours. I am thinking I might have "colour ADHD"!?!

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  7. I have fabric for the dresden quilt, and it's on my todo list for 2014...but I have to finish some UFO's before starting it, but it will be my first new start when I'm ready for a new quilt. I also love the red and white pineapple...what size are your blocks...where did you find the paper pieceing pattern...This is also on my want list.

    Your blog is one of my favorites, I think because, like me, you love red!! So don't ever completely give up blogging, I look forward to your posts...but I totaly understand the cutback!

    Happy Red Quilting!

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  8. I love, LOVE your pineapple blocks! You're inspiring me to pull mine out - maybe by then end of the year I can see a finish too! I'm doing mine red, white and blue with a red pineapple border! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Oh! I LOVE the pineapple quilt! I'm definitely adding this to my list, and I love the idea for your border blocks. I will be keeping my eye on this one to see what other clever ideas you come up with!!

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  10. You're making great progress on the dresdens, and that pineapple block is amazing! I do like your idea for the borders, giving the quilt a stopping point.

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  11. Such amazing quilts! I haven't been able to participate in the blogging world myself for awhile but I wouldn't miss keeping up on my favorite blogs. I have always loved seeing the awesome creations you come up with. I did have a little idea on your pineapple quilt....and you can tell me to go mind my own business if I'm out of line...I like your idea for the block on the right too, why not finish that little center square with white all around. That white point would line up with the others. Just an idea. Believe me, you have such a talent for designing quilts so you know better than me. Hopefully someday I can return to my blog. I do miss it but thoroughly enjoy yours.

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  12. Alright I am missing something.. when I look at the two pineapple blocks I don't see any difference between them. They look the same to me.

    I love your blog and seeing all your quilts so will follow you no matter how often or not often you blog.

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    1. One side doesn't have white strips, only red.

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  13. I have wanted to do Toulouse as well, maybe this is the year! However, I don't have the pattern and I can't find an option for a paper pattern on Miss Rosie's shop site (pdf is convenient - but I love a professional produced paper copy). I wonder if she published it in one of her wonderful books? I'll let you know if I join you for a sew along! Thanks for blogging - it is always a good read and much appreciated! Jennifer @ Seams Crazy blog (www.jlgwyn.wordpress.com)

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  14. I hope you continue to log. I always look forward to what you are working in. It inspires me. I love the projects that you pick out.

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  15. Woo hoo! A red update! Both quilts are lookin' good!

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  16. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your pineapple quilt!! That is a show stopper!!! Maybe I will get my Toulouse finally totally pieced in the sew-a-long!! lol I may have a bit of headstart, but I still won't be the first finished!! If Elaina gets her quilt before college, she said she is fine with that. :-)

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  17. I rarely comment, but your blog is my very favorite. I have missed your M, W, F routine this year. I really enjoy your entries about the progress you are making on your current project(s). I will be looking forward to hearing as much from you as you wish to share!

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  18. I'm glad to hear that all is well because I was starting to wonder. I like the red border pineapple blocks, but either way, it'll be gorgeous.

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  19. Looks like your making progress on your UFO projects - that's great. Glad to hear you aren't giving up blogging - I love your blog and look forward to seeing what your working on. You keep me inspired to work on my UFO projects. I hope to sew a Toulouse quilt soon. Can't wait to see the colors you plan to use. Anne

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  20. 2 Amazing quilts ! Like you I have cut back to just posting once a week and trying to not spend so much time on the computer. Please don not give up blogging. You are a true inspiration with all the Awesome quilts you make

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  21. Oh no!!!! Please don't quit blogging. I really look forward to seeing your quilts. Not all of us want to be on instagram etc.

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  22. Thelma, did you purchase the papers already printed for the pineapple blocks; and if so, where? My mother used to love a scrap pineapple, and I didn't care for them. But the pattern is beginning to grow on me - especially this red one! I definitely plan to make either a multi scrap or a red scrap this year...or I mean I plan to add it to the to-do list.

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