Sometimes I just want to power stitch without having to stress over intricate design and precision piecing. Scrappy Pineapple Quilt makes days like this sweet. All I needed was a pile of 2 ½-inch squares in compatible colors and random 1 ½-inch strips separated into lights and darks. Then I made a dent in the scrap bin, and got a colorful quilt that required very little planning.
The first 20 blocks on the design wall hint at what this quilt will become. Other than lights and darks and trying to not repeat fabrics within blocks, I did not plan fabric placement. When it was time to place a dark strip, I just reached into the bin of dark fabric strips. Whatever I grabbed declared itself the next piece. The style of fabric didn’t matter, resulting in interesting juxtapositions. Civil war reproductions next to juvenile prints next to contemporary designs next to florals, etc., etc. Because I didn’t agonize over which fabrics were good neighbors, I could just have fun sewing and being surprised. The blocks kept on coming until there were 100!
Ugh. Basting. My least favorite part of the process! But I was with good friends all working on various projects, so the time passed quickly!
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Quilted and bound! I even stitched down the corner miters of the binding! Take that, quilt police! Now the Scrappy Pineapple is ready for a new home!
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