I made her two pillows for her room using a pineapple quilt block as the front.
I used old shirts for the backs, therefore forgoing the time consuming step of button-hole making.
(Clever idea from teacher Johanna Masko)
|Men's shirts used for the backs of pillows.|
The pineapple block centre is perfect for fussy cutting a special design.
I made a pineapple block quilt about 20 years ago. I used the traditional foundation piecing method. But the method I learned at the Workroom was shorter and one could square-up the block after each addition. It was great! I had a fun time and did learn some things even though I have been quilting for about 25 years.
|Fun centre cut. |
If you don't have enough of the same fabric to make 4 strips
you can use two different fabrics and place them facing each other
in the round. Your eye tends not to notice the differences that way.
For the first pillow I made, I started with the shirt colour.
|I picked up this shirt at Goodwill for cheap and |
resewed the buttons using embroidery floss in a nice colour.
Then I chose the corner piece from my stash, which went well with the shirt.
From there, I went through my 1 1/2 inch strips and selected the blues and whites.
I'd like to make a full-size quilt using darks with brown and orange strips. The design that appears when each block is put together is very effective.
|Photo from the book Quilts by Judy Wentworth,|
published by Crescent Books
This quilt is from the 19th century, thought to be
made by a plantation slave in the southern United States.