Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Quilt 245. Pineapple Perfection

 Pineapple Perfection is the first quilt I have ever made using scraps. To clarify, I have made a lot of scrappy quilts. But this is the first quilt made from a bag of scraps. There is a difference. :) It was a complete joy to make! Knowing that I was going to use whatever scrap I grabbed from the bag, I chose to have a consistent center (red with white polka dots) and background (another favorite, Hello Bear by Bonnie Christine). I ordered the foundation papers from Amber Johnson of Gigi's Thimble. 

These blocks were slow going, as there were so many rounds (57 pieces in each block). I took my bag of scraps to at least four, maybe five, different quilting retreats.

See that little scrap to the right of the center? It is something I received years ago from Amanda Jean Nyberg. I have kept it pinned to my design wall this whole time, just waiting for the perfect project. 

It didn't matter what fabrics I used--each block "worked."  I tried not to repeat any fabrics, although I think there are maybe two or three repeats. But I dare you to find them. :)

For something fun, I made one block using solid scraps.

I had this great fabric in my stash and it was just enough for the backing. I did order the black and white check for the binding.
Amber sent enough foundation papers for 36 blocks, but I knew I didn't want a square quilt, so I only made 30 blocks. But I sure had enough scraps to make all 36!

I really wanted to photograph this quilt with the iconic Fresno postage stamp mural in the background, but to get the whole mural in, the quilt is dwarfed.
We drove around downtown Fresno and found this perfect mural at the African American Museum.

Quilt Name: Pineapple Perfection
Design by: Traditional design, foundation paper pieces from Gigi's Thimble
Made by: Cindy Wiens
Quilted by: Darby Myers
Size: 60" x 72"
Completed: 2023


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Susan said... #

Awesome quilt Cindy! I remember making bee blocks for Elizabeth @OPQuilt a few years ago. I still have the instructions she sent and often think I'd like to make one. Maybe now its time...I have plenty of scraps, that's for sure. Great photos too!

Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl said... #

I love the continuity of the centers and background fabric; it sure lets your scraps shine. And what a perfect backing print to have on hand. It looks like this quilt probably has a lot of stories sewn into it - memories of other quilts and projects you have created over the years.

Anne said... #

These quilt blocks are well traveled to all the retreats. I’m glad they are all home in one quilt. Very nice detail about using the fabric from a treasured friend.

Rochelle aka Bella Quilts said... #

What a great memory of all the quilts you have made over the years. I'm going to guess that there are still lots of scraps. I love the consistency of the centers and the background fabric. And the backing is so wonderful. I don't know how you were able to get that quilt up on the mural. A video of that would be fund to watch. Congratulations on another beautiful finish.

FlourishingPalms said... #

I know you worked on this quilt for a long time! And I fully understand that each block took a while to construct. But look at what you made! Really great! Love the bright colors and contrast in each block. That backing fabric is wonderful! Love the design which is perfect with the front. I think your stash must be larger than mine because I wouldn't ever come upon enough yardage for a backing. This quilt finish is marvelous. You must be feeling great about all your finishes this year.