Saturday, February 6, 2010

Pineapple Blossom

Wednesday was the first meeting of the month for the Tacoma Lakes Quilters. We had several demonstrations that day, and I agreed to do a demonstration for freezer paper piecing, which is my new favorite method of paper piecing. There's a great tutorial illustrating the method here.

While I was casting about for an idea for my demo, I remembered Bonnie Hunter's Pineapple Blossom. This quilt has been on my list of wannado's for a long time, and I also wanted to make another miniature, so this one fit the bill.

Bonnie's block is pieced using traditional methods, finishes to 9 inches square, and she used sashing in between her blocks. The blocks can also be easily pieced on a foundation, so I drafted mine into EQ6, reduced the size to 4 inches, and printed out a few foundations on freezer paper. Then I sewed four blocks together to make the little medallion you see in the photograph. It was perfect for my demo.

The coloration I'm using came from a quilt called "Geese In The Garden" in Gayle Bong's book, Save The Scraps. The block Gayle uses creates the same effect but uses a different construction method. You can see a little bit of her quilt in the upper right corner of the front cover. With dark fabrics on one half of the block and pastels on the other half, you wind up with these dark and light medallions (or whatever you want to call them) in the quilt. It's quite a nice effect.

I think I'd like to make a little nine-medallion quilt with these, no sashing, and maybe a nice border print.

And speaking of Bonnie Hunter and books, I got Bonnie's new book in the mail last week, and I love it! There are 12 projects in the book, all scrappy of course, and an explanation of her leaders and enders system. Well done, Bonnie!

6 comments:

Judy S. said...

What great colors! Freezer paper is so handy, isn't it? I'll bet the creators had no idea that it'd be used for quilting.

LC said...

I love that little block - looking forward to the finish...!

Margo in Maine said...

Great job...Sue...they are looking wonderful and enjoyed the demo...

Purple Pam said...

What a fun demo that must have been. I have wanted to make a quilt with that design, but have not taken the time yet. Bonnie's book looks great. I like your Pinwheel Party quilt.

Lurline said...

You have been a busy girl - nice to share your skills - the block looks just lovely!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Barb D said...

Thank you so much for the demo on Wednesday - Great job!! I might actually try this method!! Thanks for the link - I have printed off the instructions and I think I can make some foundations with my EQ6 and print them off! I have some freezer paper sheets that are 8 1/2 x 11 - I got them from either CT or Nancy's Notions.