Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Seeing Pineapple Stars

This is the Pineapple Star Quilt which was made by the Ministers of the Cloth at my church and which will be raffled to benefit the annual fundraiser for our school. The star design is actually made from many traditional "pineapple" quilt blocks. The Pineapple block design has lots of itty-bitty pieces and is quite complicated--which doesn't show up in the picture. In fact the MOC gals had to paper-piece the blocks to insure the accuracy of the blocks.

Paper piecing, for those of you who don't know, requires that you think backwards as you work through each piece. Once you get the hang of it, it's not too bad. But then when you put it aside and come back to it a day or so later you have to train yourself to think backwards all over again. GRRRRRR!!! Several years ago we did a Noah's Ark Quilt design that required paper piecing for each animal --and then swore a mighty oath: No More Paper Piecing!

How quickly we forget--just like the pain of childbirth--and do it again. The quilting isn't shown here on the top, but we just got the quilt back from a professional quilter. It's really stunning. She used a pineapple design that really makes the quilt come alive!

Well done, good and faithful Ministers of the Cloth!

1 comment:

jean said...

Beautiful!

I tried paper piecing once and I hated it, too.