I laid out all the pineapple blocks on a grey, cloudy, rainy day, but their brightness and color made them fun to work with (Yucky photographs, though.) I thought about all my bee mates and was sending out Good Karma over the universe, thanking them for their work.
But how to get a border on this thing?
I remembered my other quilt with a bold colorful center, Come A-Round, and decided to mimic that idea. This quilt, designed by the Piece O-Cake ladies, is one of my favorites. I remembered that they have terrific border ideas, so after a Google search, found Daisies and Dots, a free pattern, which also had a great idea for a border.
I sewed the border pieces together in two sections, then overlaid them and cut a wavy line with my rotary cutter, freehand. I tried to make sure the seams were kind of matched up.
I put RST and matched up those seams and sewed a 1/4″ seam.
I made gallons of 3/8″ bright green bias tubing and pinned it over the seams.
Now to cut the leaves. I thought the free pattern looked a little small for what I wanted. Besides I already had a baggie full of reject leaves from the center of my Colorwheel Blossom quilt, so I started with that leaf, and morphed it down to make five shapes. (I don’t throw away appliqué shapes. Well, hardly ever!) I traced that shape onto plastic, cut out and traced the shapes onto freezer paper, doing it in batches.
Then I cut out many colors, using the templates for tracing, and am now ironing the leaves to the freezer paper (shiny side up).
And here’s where I am this morning. I had to actually do school work all day yesterday, so didn’t get time to work on this. I am just throwing them up there now for “cluster placement,” and plan to do some fine tuning of color, shape and arrangement later.
So as you all well know, the Random Number Generator hates me and I hate it. So I went to a different website and entered in all your names, and hit “Pick a Random Name.” Which it did. Simone, I’ll be in touch–you are the winner! And thank you all for entering and all your lovely comments. I’m working my way through my email notes and will get them off to you this weekend, after school orientation, syllabus writing and plotting my Course Calendar. I feel like this quilting community is my real joy and delight in life, in terms of an occupation. The other one is to get quilt fabric money.
Just kidding. I love to teach, and this gearing up at the beginning of the semester is a pretty normal thing for us all to be doing. Hats off to my other teacher-readers out there!