Pineapple Delight

 

Pineapple DelightI’m so pleased that my miniature pineapple won first place at the Sauder Village Quilt Show. It was unexpected and a thrill! Pineapple Delight is 14 1/2″ x 14 1/2″ and was foundation paper pieced. It was pieced with #aurifil 50 wt. cotton thread. It kept my seams bulk-free and gave me the precision I wanted.

Every quilt has a story and here is this one’s: “Knowing that I enjoy working on small blocks, my friend and quilting buddy Kathy Clark challenged me to create this miniature pineapple quilt. The kit Kathy gave me called for making either three or five inch foundation paper pieced blocks; I chose to go with three and a half inch blocks instead. Pineapple Delight, to my mind, contains all the best things about quilting: it was a gift from a quilting friend; it challenged me to take my skills to another level; it is scrappy and traditional; and I made it at the Sauder Village Quilt Retreat, where I met Kathy several years ago.”

I did a quick once around the show tonight and there are so many lovely quilts to see. If you’re in the northwest Ohio area it’s a must see! I’m looking forward to spending more time at the show later this week.

Art Classes and Quilting

Mt. Monadnock

Recently I had the opportunity to attend an hour and a half long class in creating landscapes with pastels. I wondered how much I could learn in that brief amount of time.

I brought a landscape photo with me to work from, and although my drawing looks nothing like my photo it’s still a nice drawing that I may actually mat and hang.

It turns out that the great value in attending the class was the chance to exercise my creative muscles. My obsession with quilting is great and a lot of fun, but every once in a while it’s great to be creative in some other way.

Mt. Monadnock Pastel

For me it reminded me of several quilting projects I had in mind and hadn’t yet started, and it got my brain thinking about quilting in slightly different ways.

I think of it as adding another layer of creative juices to the blender.

Dabble in another art form and enjoy the results!