my creative pursuits with quilts and knits

TBT – Pineapple Quilt

TBT is Throw-Back Thursday, and this quilt came very early in my longarm/custom quilting career.  I won “Best Rookie” in my guild’s President’s Challenge back in 2006, about 6 months after I purchased my longarm!

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The challenge was to use the square-in-a-square pattern, with five colors.  I love batiks, as you can see!  I wanted to try something along the lines of thread painting, so I (obviously) free-hand quilted the pineapple.  Did I even think about drawing it with chalk first?!?  Yikes!  Overall, I am happy with this quilt, because many elements turned out pretty close to the vision I had in my head.  When that happens, I call it success 🙂

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Here you can see (maybe) some of my other design elements.  I did a free-hand spiral flower in the pink border.  The blue corners have an orange peel/continuous curve design.  I did make a one inch chalk grid to guide me on that portion, and it turned out well.  The outer border…well, let’s just say I would use a completely different pattern if I were to do it over today! I tried some parallel lines, and a spiral in the center.  It’s sooooo wonky, LOL!  Good thing I was the only rookie that year, wink wink nudge nudge.

SO, if you are a beginning free-motion quilter, take heart, you *will* get better!  Just jump right in.  I love challenges, because they provide focus for your creativity.  Sometimes it is hard to come up with a design if you are staring at blank paper, but if you have some guidelines, they become a springboard for new ideas.

Look back at your early quilting efforts, and celebrate how far you have come on this journey.

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