I have to admit that I am not that fond of "stitch in the ditch" for quilting. I am often not quite pleased with the results, especially if matching the seams is a little off in places. This video seemed like a good solution, so I recently gave it a try. I used my domestic machine with a built in walking foot, and it allowed me to stitch fast with good accuracy using the seams as a guide. Well, it turned out very attractive, and the stitched lines added some character and texture. Love it! I suggest you might also give it a try, it is a nice option for your quilting toolbox.
Pineapple blocks are fun, but very time consuming to make using paper piecing. Here are a few other options to making these popular blocks by using piecing and trimming. Enjoy.
Another option is using a Creative Grids Pineapple Trim Tool, which makes the process much faster. Watch this video from Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company showing how to use the ruler tool. If you search You Tube, there are a number of videos demonstrating the Trim Tool, but I happen to like this one the best.
PS- Creative Grids makes the Trim Tool in 2 sizes. The large one makes 6-8-10 inch blocks. The small one makes 4-5-6 inch blocks.
PSS - You can use scraps for make these blocks too!
I love this project. She starts with an "orphan block" and adds strips from her scraps to frame it and make the block bigger. The next step surprised me, but is a great solution to make it perfect. I could even see making multiples of this and using the big blocks to make a quilt. Lots of creative fun from your stash!
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