Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Quilty Kryptonite

Hello my name is Gina and I can't make a Pineapple block.

Yes I have found my quilt Kryptonite. I can foundation piece with my eyes closed, machine quilting any size quilt doesn't faze me. So why does the Queen Bee asking for a Pineapple block bring me out in a cold sweat.

Now I've made a few in my time, paper pieced and free pieced and I've had problems every time. It really is my Nemesis.

I will admit I put off making this block as long as I could bu this weekend I had to grit my teeth and do it. So armed with this Tutorial I got ready to do battle.

attempt 1



Attempt 4 and 5 ( 2 and 3 didn't even warrant a pic of shame)



I was rapidly running out of low volume background fabrics ( and patience) so a trip to the LQS was in order where I explained my predicament and cried on their shoulders. They suggested just sending the Queen a load of strips to make her own. No I wouldn't be beaten.

Tuesday I pulled up my big girl panties, had a huge mug of coffee and tried for the final time. And what do you know, these B*****ds went together like a dream and both in under an hour.


I had to have a lie down in a dark room after making them,

To my knowledge I did nothing different. The strip widths have all been the same and I've followed the same set of instructions throughout. Not knowing what I did wrong on those many attempts is almost as bad as not being able to make the block in the first place. I know what is wrong I just don't know how I made it wrong, if that makes sense.

I'm making a plea here and now. If ever I'm in a Bee with you, I'm begging you to please never pick the Pineapple as your block. I don't think my stress levels would take another attempt. This is the first time I've been close to tears with frustration over my sewing.

6 comments:

  1. Congratulations for overcoming that crisis!!

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  2. Well done for persevering! Great finishes in the end. xx

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  3. Awww i struggled with pineapple blocks too, in the end i added extra fabric all round to each strip and cut down they are tricksy wee beggars

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  4. They look beautiful! Good for you for keeping on. I haven't made pineapple blocks before and I have to admit, they aren't on my list. I would probably only do them if a Queen Bee asked for them. I won't if you won't!

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  5. Well, they sure turned out really nice after all that work. I guess it's true that practice makes perfect!

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  6. They turned out fantastic! (I do feel for the frustration you went through. Matching points alone is a struggle for me. I think that's one of the biggest draws to crazy quilting - nothing has to line up and there are no rules.)

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