Wednesday, December 15, 2010


It is done!!!!!!! After a marathon 2 days of cutting and sewing, it is finally finished. The backing is ready, and it is getting loaded on the machine today, I hope. I'm going to do simple Baptist fans over it, since it is a classic, old fashioned type looking quilt, and I think the fans will complement it very well. Plus, they are fast and easy, and I am ready for this thing to be done. I love the way it turned out, although I still wish I had used reds (sigh). But, I guess I'll just have to choose another pattern to use reds and creams in, because, after seeing Tea's version of this quilt, plus the pic in the book, I'm really liking that colour combination. However, I don't think I'll be doing another of these. It was fun to do, and challenging, and I liked the process of working on the same project as others, and being able to compare notes and progress. Thanks for hosting this.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Status Update

How are you doing with the Pineapple Nine Patch quilt tops?  I have mine completed but it's in line for a backing and quilting.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Progress report....

Well, I'm up to the point where my blocks are all sewn together, and the top and bottom first pieced borders are on. I would have had more than that done, except, after I made one of the side borders, I discovered that I had turned the pinwheel triangles the wrong way, so there was some ripping going on. (sigh). I've also noticed that one of the pinwheel triangles in the quilt itself is turned the wrong way. But, I have a spare unit, I'm not sure why, that I think I can applique over it. I'm hoping, in between other projects, to get this finished this week.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Sunday, November 14, 2010


I'm sorry to report that we have a correction with the last pieced border for the quilt.  Of course I'm trying to get mine completed for design wall Monday and that will not happen now.  I went to Martingale's website and found the correction AFTER my border wouldn't fit.  I need to make something to fill the corners so I'll put that off until tomorrow.  The link to the correction is below.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Center Done

I have my center completed. I need to cut for the borders and will plan that for over the weekend.  I'm doing a very exaggerated happy dance! 

P.S.  It's only done because I'm home from work this week.  I have a very bad cold or walking pneumonia; my doctor is still not sure as we thought it was severe sinus problems a few weeks ago.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Tea's Progress

Ugh!  Blogger keeps turning my photos.  I blogged about my problems with this on my Design Wall Monday post.  I have 1/2 of the quilt sewn together.

Finally making some progress...

There is not a lot of posting going on here, so you must be as busy as I have been with work, family, a raging sinus infection and other projects.  I have finally come back to the nine patch pineapple.  I put all of my units together at my workstation so that I could start work.  In the beginning, I was a little worried about how my units were coming out...quite a few were a little wonky, but I perservered.  Actually, the blocks look pretty good.  So they are my priority for this week.  I can hardly wait to see them up on the design wall.  How are you guys doing?

Monday, October 25, 2010

Making slow progress

I've managed, in the last couple of weeks, to get 6 of my 9 patch pineapple squares actually sewn together.How are the rest of you doing?

Monday, October 18, 2010

Unit 3's done

I have all my unit 3's done, and am ready to start assembling. I put some of them up on my wall, just to see what it looks like. I like it, a lot. But, it is going to sit for a while, while I finish up some other things. I have one Christmas gift done, except for quilting it, and quite a few more to go,

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Not Much Progress on NPP

I had a very busy, hectic and long retreat last week.  All of the classes that I participated in were fun.  The instructors were great.  I enjoyed Bonnie Hunter's classes.  We started a Pineapple Blossom and Blue Ridge Beauty.  Both had tons of pieces and required a lot of stitching.  Needless to say, I returned home completely drained and exhausted.  With so much going on at work as well, I did not get much done on the nine patch pineapple.  I have completed unit 2.  Haven't started unit 3 yet, the pieces are all cut out.  No pictures yet, but will try to get some posted this week.  Have a great week.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Finished Unit 2 and Assignment of Unit 3

I finished sewing my Unit 2s over the weekend but needed to press them when I returned home from Atlanta.  I'm sure glad the "hard" part of this project is over!  LOL.  It should be easy work from this point on in the process.

I can't remember if both of you posted completions for Unit 2 but I'm going to go ahead and post assignment for Unit 3.  These units should go pretty quick as they are bigger pieces and there are not as many blocks to make.

Matter of fact, I completed these already.  I'm waiting for the next step (putting the blocks together) so when you are done let me know.
Tea in MO

Monday, September 27, 2010

Unit 2 done

I have all my unit 2's done. Actually, they were done before we headed off on vacation. I got tired of just working on the triangles. So, I did them in sets where I did a few triangles, then did some strips, and then more triangles, and more strips. I'm liking the way they are looking. The picture shows a little darker than they actually are. They are bundled in stacks of ten. 

Saturday, September 25, 2010

I am working...

This is the first weekend in a long time, that I can remember where I did not have an outside obligation, grandkids, kids, parents, job, wedding etc.  So, I am working.  I am completing a few blocks for a graduation gift and then I am all set up to cut strips.  I have a retreat coming up in a couple weeks and getting ready for that has been a major task.  I am scheduled to take 2 back to back classes with Bonnie Hunter, so I need to be ready.  Maybe I will have a picture to share tomorrow.

Anyone Working?

I'm checking in to see if anyone is working on the project today?  I arrived home minutes ago from my scrap quilting club meeting' had to leave early as I have a wedding to attend.  Instead of working on the group project, I worked on the PNP.  I got all my strips all sewn and cut.  I used scraps and thought I had enough strips.  In the end I needed to cut strips for That wasn't too bad. I even got to sew them to the little tri-rec triangles.  Only have 4 that I need to rip as the unit is turned wrong.  I'll spend tomorrow pressing them.

So, tell me your progress; are you working or not at all...

Monday, September 20, 2010

Finishing Up Unit 2

Okay, time to post the next step.  We need to finish up the strip sets that go with our tri-rec units.  I have my strips already cut but need to sew and cut them.  I used scraps instead of FQs or yardage when cutting so I hope I have enough of them cut.  Enough talking so let's get to work.

Here are photos of the next steps.  The next step is to sew the strip sets together and cut as shown.

Then, you will get your tri-rec units and make this block.  This should be a breeze compared to the previous units huh?

As usual, post your progress so we know how long this will take.  I'm not sure how far I'll get seeing as my scrap quilting club meets on Saturday.  I'll try to do something though.

Have fun,

Sunday, September 19, 2010

We're home

We're back from vacation, and I'm ready and raring to get going again on this quilt. I hope I didn't hold everyone else up while we were gone. It was a lovely, restful, quiet, and very cold camping vacation. I am grateful for hydro supplied campsites, and electric heaters. They made the difference between having to huddle under the numerous quilts I took, doing nothing but shiver, and being comfortable while sitting in the trailer with my needle work, and good books.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Making Progress on Unit 2

I powered through sewing unit 2.  I still have a few more to do but I expect to have them done by the weekend.  Then  I will start playing with the next unit.  Everyone's blocks are coming together nicely.  I am getting more excited as we complete each task.  Here is a picture of some of the blocks.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Small Tri Recs

I finished my small tri-recs on Thursday evening.  They went together rather fast and pretty easy if comparing to unit 1's work.  Since I needed a project for my craft guild meeting after work on Friday, I start cutting for the remaining pieces needed for unit 2 from the light fabrics and the hour glass blocks.  When you are done with the tri recs, let me know.  I'll probably not post any new steps this weekend as now I need to get ready for Labor Day guests.  I have to put up some of my sewing  stuff...okay, a LOT of my sewing stuff.

Unit 2 done

After a marathon sewing day yesterday, I managed to meet my goal of getting all the unit 2s done before we leave for vacation. We'll be back the weekend of September 18th. I'll be taking my laptop with it's satellite stick with me, so I can keep in touch with how you are doing. We're going camping in our trusty old hardtop trailer. If I can find space, I might take my cutting mat, and blue fabrics, and rotary cutter, so that, if you are ready to move on to step 3 before I get back, I can do some cutting. No further pics yet, sorry.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Working on Unit 2

No picture this time, but I have all the pieces for unit 2 cut.  I sew about 65 units and am working on chain piecing another 25 or so.  I'll have family at my home for Labor Day so I have to do massive cleaning (meaning remove all sewing and quilting supplies to their appropriate home) the week end.  I'm using little bits of time throughout the week to get some of the units pieced.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Step two

Well, I've managed to get a small amount done today, in the time before I have to go in to work at 3pm. There are now 24 of unit 2 finished, and they are a lot faster and a lot easier to do than the first unit. I've gone back to pressing my seams to one side, and it is working just fine. I have tomorrow off, so I'm planning to see how many more I can get done then. I've laid out my progress so far, on the wall, and am happy with the way it is looking. However, playtime is over, and I must go get ready for work.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Sorry for Delay...Next Step, Unit 2

I'm very sorry for the delay in posting the next set of directions for the sew-along.  I made one of the unit 2s needed for the next step.  We need quite a few of these little units.  Please refer to page 27 and 29 for cutting and sewing directions.  At lease we don't have to slice and dice these little ones.  I'll try to work on these, but I'm giving at least 2 weekends to get them done.  As usual, let me know when you're done!


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Unit One -- Done

I have made it through unit one.  Unit two should be easier now that I have a few techniques down.  My biggest challenge was pressing open the seams.  I tried doing it with the regular iron and after several burnt finger tips, I realized that I had one of those small pressing wands.  That's what I get for having so many gadgets that I have lost count.  Let me know when we are ready for unit two.  That should be fun!

Thursday, August 19, 2010


I managed to get all of my unit one's finished yesterday. There sure is a lot of intensive sewing in those things. I've just been sewing in bits and pieces for the last 4 or 5 days, so it's taken longer than I had hoped to get them done. I'm enjoying the sew along process, and watching what Tea and Robin are doing.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Finally...Unit 1 Progress

I powered through more blocks last night and tonight for unit 1.  They are looking real good.  I have more than half completed, so I am going to continue to make a few each night.  I followed suite on arranging them on the design wall.  I am really liking what I see so far.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Unit 1 progress

Well, I had the chance to do a little sewing before going in to work this weekend, and am now up to about 90 units finished.  I like the way Tea laid hers out on the design wall, so I've done it the same way. I don't have any of my blues touching in the blocks, but there are some of the creams touching. But, I don't care about the quilt police, and it gives the challenge of, "see if you can find........". Hopefully I'll get some more done this week, in between other things that have to be done.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Finished Unit 1

Whew!  After a LOT of sewing and dedication, I just finished my Unit 1s for the project.  It took a lot of work and motivation to get through it.  I have at least 3 units where the same red fabric touches, but if any "quiltzillas" find it in my completed quilt, more power to them.

I will not be working on this quilt this week as I didn't get to work on another project I needed to start quilting last week.  So, I'm setting my sewing machine up for machine quilting tomorrow.  I still have dance classes and a quilt guild meeting this week, so I will not have much time for quilting until the weekend anyway.

Cathy and Robin, let me know how far you progressed this weekend too.

More later,

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Progress report

After blitzing sewing today, I am happy to say that there are now 68 completed pineapple units sitting in my sewing room. Over halfway there. Yippee!!! I'm not sure how much more I'll get done over the weekend, probably just an hour or 2 a day before going in to work.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Progress on Unit 1 -- Take Two

Thanks to the advice from Cathy I took the old blocks apart and re-arranged them so that I could sew a scant 1/4 inch seam.  I also pressed open the seams.  It is a chore, but worth the finished product.  The blocks are looking much better.  I will try to catch up by the weekend.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Step one progress

I've been working on the Unit one pieces off and on for the last couple of days, and for a couple of hours this afternoon. I now have 20 of the pineapple units pieced together. They are slow going. I normally press my seams to one side, but there was too much distortion in these blocks when pressed that way, so I've been pressing the long seams open, which is a bit more time consuming. But, there are enough done now to put up on the design wall and get an idea of how well they play together. I must confess to being quite pleased with the results, so far. 20 down, 100 to go. Yikes.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Tea's Progress on Unit 1

Sorry being late posting my progress.  My Sunday got changed when the futon used in my husband's entertainment area crashed to the floor.  I then spent time online looking for a replacement and then going to the store to decide what to buy, picking it up, and putting the darn thing together.

I finally got the cutting completed just out of sheer determination.  I also have 31 tri-recs blocks sewn and cut 4 of them to make one unit 1.  Like Cathy, I was able to get quite a few of the smaller units cut from the larger strips too.  Remember me telling you I'd made a template for the light pieces?  Well the cutting was going so slow that I decided to purchase the ruler again.  It was only $8.99 at JoAnn's and I have a 40% off coupon.  It made absolutely no sense to use the template.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Making Unit 1

I have started sewing the first step in unit 1 and they are looking pretty good. The Kaffe Fassett blues and purples are a nice contrast to the white-white background.  Tomorrow I  will cut and sew the final step in block together.  I wish I could just have one whole uninterrupted day to work on these, but I have several must do projects going on at the same time.  I am not a good photographer, but here are a few pictures of the start of block A.

I've started

Well, I've gotten a good start on cutting fabrics for the first step. All the dark triangles are cut, and I have half of the light triangles cut. While I was at it, rather than throw out the trimmings at the beginning and endings of the strips, I used the ends that were trimmed off to get the 60 degree triangles for the darks, and cut some of the smaller dark triangles, as well. The same thing is working for the lights for the side triangles. I was able to get almost 80 of the small dark triangles out of the beginnings and endings of the 6 inch strips. I'd love to keep going ay it today, but, unfortunately, I have to work 3-11 at the hospital this weekend. (sigh). I'll try to get the rest of the cutting done tomorrow before I have to go to work, and maybe be able to start sewing.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Let's Get Started!

Cathy, I'm glad your book arrived.  I still haven't found one piece to my tri-recs ruler set.  However, as the weekend is approaching with the opportunity to have some good sewing time, I've decided to make a template for now.

So that we  are not spending too much time cutting and no sewing, I thought we'd cut for a particular unit and then sew that unit.  So, let's see if we can make the block that creates Unit 1 on pages 27 and 29.  This block does use the tri-recs pieces.  I have posted photo below for reference.

Remember, these units are scrappy so use a lot of different fabrics.  Also, please make a post, adding photo of your unit 1 blocks.  Thank you,

Tea in MO

They're here, and eager to get started

My book, and fabrics both arrived today. Yippee!!! I was hoping, with the arrival of these fabrics, to have enough reds, but there aren't. So, my second choice is blues, which I have more than enough of, and have been waiting for a quilt to use them in. This is going to be it. I'll be using medium blues, to navy, to blacks. And then creams and light blues. There are more creams than this, leftovers from my latest quilt. so there should be a really good, scrappy look to this quilt, with lots of depth, and variety, I hope.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

And still waiting.....

Well, according to the tracking number I have for the fabric, it should be here tomorrow. So, that just leaves the book, which was actually ordered before I ordered the fabric. (sigh) I'm sorry to be holding things up, here. However, it is giving me the incentive to get the quilt that I am currently working on finished, so that I will have more time to work on this one. Maybe the book will come in the mail tomorrow. I'll let you know, if, and when it gets here.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Still Waiting...

We are still waiting for Cathy's book and fabrics to arrive. 

While doing so, I noticed that the book recommends using the tri-recs rulers.  The templates for the units are in the book, but if you have the rulers, the cutting will be much faster.  I have that tool in my stash and just used it to make the cathedral stars quilt.  Now, I'm missing my edge piece ruler.  Goodness, I must do a full search.  I do remember seeing it a few week ago in a place it shouldn't have been.  Hmm, I wonder where that is...

Friday, July 30, 2010

Tea's Fabrics

Here are my fabrics for the project.  One of my red fabrics must be hiding somewhere because I only see 14 of them.  The creams are a grouping I've been collecting for a few years.  I'll use a good variety of those even though the pattern requires only 12 fabrics.  UPDATED... I forgot to mention  that I washed my red fabrics in Retayne using hot water.  Let me tell you that water was really, really red.  I'm hoping that once was enough as I'd previously washed them prior to this as I used to wash all fabrics before putting them away.

NPP Fabric Selections

I have spent the last several hours going through my Kaffe Fassett stash to find fabrics for the nine patch pineapple (npp) quilt.  I initially thought I would go with blue fabrics with a cream background.  But after looking at the fabric, it is more a sapphire/purple color and I like the color combinations.  Kaffe Fassett fabric just seems to blend together regardless of the pattern.  I think I will go with a white background instead of the cream.  The contrast will be more dynamic.  I found 10 fabrics that I like.  I ordered a few more just in case, so when they come in I will post another picture.  Here is a picture of what I have picked out so far.  I can't wait to see everyone's selections.  This

Thursday, July 29, 2010

So excited

I'm so excited to be part of an online sew along. I've done BOM's before, but not something like this. It should be a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to getting the book. I've ordered it, and it's been shipped, so it's just a matter of waiting, not too terribly patiently, I must confess, for it to arrive in the mail. It's been a week, and the shipping method said that it could take anywhere from 5 to 11 days. Once it gets here, and I see it in person, and see the fabric requirements, I'll decide on the colour. I'm leaning towards the reds right now, simply because that was what initially caught my eye so strongly. And, if I don't have enough reds, well, that's all the excuse I need to buy more fabric, as if I've ever needed much of an excuse. (giggle). But, if I have to order more fabric, that means I have to wait for it to arrive before getting started. Patience is definitely not one of my strong points. Decisions, decisions............

Nine Patch Pineapple

I am excited to be a part of the sew along.  I have been looking through my stash to find the right fabric.  I think I am going with Kaffe Fassett blues and cream.  I have been reading and re-reading the pattern to make sure I understand all of the instructions.  I just hope my technology limitations do not get in the way.  I like the idea of the blog set up for the sew along.  I will post pictures of my fabric selections before the weekend is over.  Let's get started and good luck to everyone.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Nine Patch Pineapple Quilt Sew Along

I'm so excited to start on this new adventure.  I have a couple of cyber quilters interested in joining me in making the Nine Patch Pineapple quilt.  I plan to make a schedule for us to work from.  This is a very relaxed type of sew along.  I don't want this project to be stressful by pushing the group to work too fast.  However, I do want us to be motivated to get the project completed and to encourage us to work on them while seeing each others' fabrics and progress as we go along.  We can share tips and techniques as well.  As this is a copyrighted design, all I ask is that no posting of actual cut sizes and quantities be listed on this blog or in any post linked to this blog.

If you want to join the group, leave a post below.  If you have a blog with "no comments" selected, please leave your e-mail address so I can contact you.  After receiving your post, I will send you an invite to join this blog.  That way you can use this blog to post a link to your actual blog post so we can see your progress throughout the project.
You must have the book, as I'm not giving cutting or sewing directions.
The design is by Cathy Wierzbicki in a book titled, "Geometric Gems by That Patchwork Place."

I have pulled red fabrics to make this quilt but and started cutting 5 of the 15 red fabrics I plan to use. The pattern recommends using 12 fabrics but I added a few more in the mix as we scrap quilters tend to do. As soon as I pull my background fabrics, I'll post here, linking you to my blog.
Tea in MO