Friday, October 15, 2010

48 Pineapple blocks ala' Bonnie Hunter

I admit it. I am totally addicted to making these blocks. And it will be a very heavy quilt. Also one that will need to be farmed out for quilting by machine.
The only way I was able to stop sewing these was to "dump" all the scraps and the paper patterns into one LARGE plastic tote and remove it to another room. Geez...I even have to play tricks on myself!
 Bess, my constant companion. She hardly ever naps and if I sit down to quilt she is UNDER the quilt as fast as she can. She is not a lap cat at all. I can barely get her to allow me to pick her up. She is still so feral after three years. But she loves quilting. Remember this is the cat that ate two quilting needles with thread and had to have emergency surgery on New Years Eve. All my own fault. So sorry Bessie. I no longer have needles in pin cushions.
 Bess...worshipping the sun god.
 This is my tailless squirrel, Stubbie. She is starting her third winter with me as her human guard/feeder. When she was born she had a brother with the same deformity. Sad to say, he never made it through the summer that year. But Stubbie did. Since that time she has had 2 litters a season and brings her babies here for weaning. She will take food from our hands and comes running when we call her... So sweet!
I am such a soft touch much to my hubbie's chagrin  He says they tear up the yard and landscaping. But even if I did not feed them all they still bring acorns and walnuts from the plethora of trees we have here in our addition properly named Tanglewood.
 And here is one of many chipmunks that visit my feeder. My neighbor across the street (where they run with their bounty) had some serious yardwork done by a contractor. I believe all their storage areas were destroyed or moved with a backhoe. they are really making up for lost larders. I love how they run real fast with their tails stuck up straight in the air. The cats really enjoy the chipmunks too. There is usually standing room only at the window when the chipmunks arrive.
 Here is my blessedly sweet Pearl. She was acting strange last week and I took her in for a quick exam. She ended up staying at the vet's office overnight for emergency surgery. They removed three teeth. And she had lost so much weight from her last visit. Gosh I wish these kitties would tell me what is going on in their little bodies. She is so much better now...even wants treats again!
 Love these pre-printed panels. They work up sooooo fast for a quickie BD gift for Great Grandson #1. I put blue minkee on the back...Drew loves his minkee. And found matching toy trucks for the fun part of my gift to him.
 Here is my Twilight Quilt from the Blockswappers on Yahoo. This was an exchange a year ago. I will be gifting this the Grand daughter #3. I also joined another exchange for the same color combination and will get more blocks to make another quilt soon.
 Our guild meeting had a great speaker last Monday night. Fran Foskey spoke about color wheels and we got to play with scraps she brought along. Our newer members really enjoyed the talk. And it was a good refresher course for us "old" ladies.
And check out the back of Carolyn's jacket (on the left). It looks like a Featherweight sewing machine! I did not notice it that night! Carolyn, where did you find that jacket? I want one!
 I still surprise myself. I put this quilt together in two days. I just found out that one of my faithful readers is the designer of this quilt! How cool is that? Thanks to Kathi Holland for publishing this great pattern!
Hubbie wanted me to add a splash of red in the middle.
 I sure appreciate his "artist's eye".

I am still sorting my newest batch of 1 1/2" squares from the Postage Stamp Swap. This is by no means the bulk of them. Just a working station, then they get to play with the bigger containers.


Cottage Tails said...

Hi Love all your quilts as always. But the most joy we get is looking at your critters. Here in NZ we don't have then so always enjoy seeing their antics.

Love Leanne

Wonky Girl said...

Wonderful post, love the pics of furry friends and your quilts. Yes, the pineapple blocks are addictive aren't they? I've made Bonnies pineapple blossom blocks and found it hard to stop.
I don't comment often but do read my blog list, we are out there, just want you to know :) so keep posting. LOL

Barbara said...

I really enjoyed reading this post. We have lots of squirrels around us but none this tame. I would love one to come close enough to feed. And to have chipmunks too - well, I'm jealous. Your black, white and red block with the small red square in the middle is gorgeous; I hope you don't mind if I keep it in mind for a future project (with the others on a long list). You are so productive and make me feel such a tortoise!

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Kathie said...

oh I just love those pineapple blocks
I love making blocks like that too very addictive.
So nice to see the black , white and red all around quilt made! nice addition to that with the red center!
boy my quilt was published in McCall's a few years ago, nice to see people are still making it.
a fast fun quilt that i still make as baby quilts for gifts.

Quilt Hollow said...

The quilt is wonderful!!! I enjoyed watching the progress. Enjoy your weekend!!

Not Sew Ordinary said...

You hadn't posted in so long I was beginning to get worried. But now I can see why you haven't had time to post. You have been very busy indeed! I'm with the hubby and love the pop of red. I love when a quilt ends up heavy. I just did one and it is much too light for me!

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

Lots of fun stuff in this post! I have feral cats too - they are big loves all around your feet unless you go to pick them up and then they become claw balls - I always warn people! It is a big project to capture them for vet appts! Haven't seen a chickmunk is soooo long but they used to be very common. I like your big star quilt - I have seen that pattern before and always thought it was a nice pattern. Great idea for children's gifts - kids love soft things! So often we go too complicated for kids when really they love the simple things! And your quilty content - my goodness, this post was enough for 3! Great job on all your projects! Cheers! Evelyn

Girltwin64 said...

Subee as always I am enjoying your progress! Keep it up and hug your kitties for me!

jillquilts said...

I really like how your pineapples are turning out! Love all the cat pics! And the squirrels!