Thursday, October 3, 2013

Wisconsin Cabin

My sister and brother-in-law have a cottage on a small lake in Northern Wisconsin. When I saw this pattern called Pine Lake Lodge, I knew I would enjoy making it, since it reminds me of Mary and Duane's cottage. The pattern is available here. The finished wall hanging measures about 12-1/2 X 16-3/4". It's about the size of a picture that you would hang on a wall. It was lots of fun to make and took about a week from beginning to end.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Pineapple Crazy Wall Hanging

I started working on tiny Pineapple blocks last January while living in our 5th wheel trailer in Fairhope, Alabama. I thought I would get quite a few blocks made but never thought I would get all of the 4" blocks finished while we were down there. However, all of the blocks for the center were completed by the time we returned home in early March.
I spent a lot of time agonizing over the border. I tried a variety of different pieced blocks but none of them framed the center well. Finally I made some scrappy pieced flying geese units that pleased me. Once I got the top together with the border, I began thinking about the quilting. I decided to outline all the light areas to help emphasize the star that is formed with the light fabrics. That worked very well. I added some feathered stitching in the flying geese border which also looked good.
My final step was to make a hanging sleeve on the back of the quilt, and then I put on the binding.
Here is the final result hanging from my quilt display shelf in the upstairs hallway of our home.