31 Jan

Aloha Pineapple Quilt Along: part 2

 

Project Introduction here

Part 1 (supplies) here.

 

Aloha Pineapple PDF Foundation

Above is a PDF link for the paper foundation. Make sure your printer is set to 100%. The printed square should be 7.5″ from dashed line to parallel dashed line. The linked text should open a PDF file of the same pattern. Again, print it out and you should get a 7.5″ square including the seam allowance indicated by the dashed line. The finished blocks will be 7″. Choose whichever file works best for you and your printer/computer.

Today in class we dove into paper piecing. If you are familiar with paper piecing, you can jump right in. Your biggest decision will be whether to use your solid fabrics in the un-shaded logs for a more restrained look, or to use the scraps in the un-shaded logs for a scrappier look.

If you are new to paper peicing, bear with me as I try to explain. This is one of those techniques that I think is easier to show in person and then jump in and try. No matter, the seam ripper is your friend and practice does make perfect.

The un-shaded areas will be your dominant fabric. Most of us in class chose to use our scraps here, but there is no right or wrong answer. It is your preference (block 1 mockup in my last post). The shaded areas will be the less dominant fabric (block 2 mockup in the last post).

Fold your solid fabric selvedge to selvedge and cut three strips across the width of the fabric, 1.5″ wide. This is for your logs. You will eventually need more, but this is enough to get started and then you can cut more strips as you need them. If your solid is your dominant fabric, cut a strip 3″ wide as well for those big corner triangles. You can cut your scraps into strips too unless they are already small, manageable pieces. If your block centers are going to be a specific fabric (like block 3 mockup), cut a bunch of 2″ squares. If you are using scraps for the centers, cut 2″ squares, or just grab pieces about that size.

By the way, the finished pineapple blocks are 7″ square. If you are planning on a lap or crib sized quilt 49″ x 63″ without a border, you’ll need 63 blocks and therefore to cut 63 center squares and print out 63 paper foundations. I’m playing this by ear right now. We may end up with fewer blocks and a big border, or just a smaller project, depending on how much we can get done. That’s why I think starting with a few strips and a few foundations until you get the swing of it is a good idea.

OK. I’ll give you a little time to print out foundations and to cut strips and then I’ll get to the sewing instructions tomorrow.

24 Jan

Aloha Pineapple Quilt Along: part 1

 

You can read the introduction to the quilt along here.

Today was the first day of class at Ho’ae’ae Park. After catching up on who was coming to class and who wasn’t and why, and comparing notes on the geographic inaccuracies of Hawaii Five-0, we got down to the real business of what fabric we needed and how much. The class supply list is basically the following:

Basic Supplies

sewing machine with universal or microtex needle size 80
thread for sewing (all purpose polyester or 100% cotton 40 or 50 weight)
scissors
rotary cutter
cutting mat
clear quilting ruler)
pins (thin pins are best)
postcard or similar piece of stiff paper with a straight edge
paper foundations, 1 per block (downloadable next week)

Fabric:

approximately 3 yards of a solid colored fabric
a total of three yards of assorted fat quarters, quarter or eighth yards, or scraps of Aloha fabrics (or the fabrics of your choice)
cotton or low loft batting slightly larger than your quilt top
approximately 3 yards fabric for backing and binding

Because we’re focusing on using aloha prints, I decided that a solid fabric would be a nice foil to all the tropical busy-ness. My samples use chartreuse, but aqua or turquoise would work similarly. A neutral taupe, chocolate, or caffe au lait would really make the brights stand out and still tie them in to decor with lots of woods or other neutrals. Orange would make a wonderfully juicy quilt. Red looks great with aloha fabrics! White is a good option, as well as black, for a bold look.

I am excited to see what everyone brings to class next week. A crib/lap sized quilt that is 7 blocks across and 9 blocks down will need between 2.5 and 3 yards of the solid fabric. We’ll see how far we get over the next five or so weeks and then start making plans for the final size of our quilts.

Depending on whether you use your solid fabric on the horizontal and vertical logs, or on the diagonal logs will affect the balance of solid and print. Solids on the horizontal and vertical will showcase more of your scrappy print fabric, while using the solids in the diagonal pieces will give more emphasis to the solid fabric. It’s up to you which way to go. If scrappy kinda scares you, put the emphasis on your solid (second photo above). I want to emphasize the aloha prints, so I’ll use them in the diagonals (first photo above).

Of course, you don’t HAVE to use aloha prints. You could use contemporary florals from your stash, or how about shirt plaids? Deb in our class loves animal prints, so she could use a bunch of animal prints, combined with red solid for a wild quilt! (Her stash isn’t quite big enough for that though, but I’m betting that a bit of leopard sneaks into her tropical garden!) Another suggestion was japanese-esque indigos, which I know would look super classy with taupe.

Making the center of each block the same can add some spark to the quilt. I think red can stand up to just about anything. If a colorful solid for the logs of your blocks seems too much for you to live with, a bright center with a neutral (taupe, grey, chocolate, navy, etc.) for the other solid logs could be just the ticket! A half yard should be more than enough for all the centers.

So, gather your scraps, pick a solid you love, and we’ll meet next week to wrap our heads around the paper piecing process.