I had pieced my medium/dark blocks...
I had pieced my light blocks...
And I had pieced my light half-blocks...
The setting I'm using is a little different, it isn't the "usual" pineapple setting. For whatever reason, I've always been drawn to quirky settings - the more unusual, the more I'm probably going to like it. For this one, I had seen antiques - in person and in books - that used some of the same elements. Some had off-set blocks, others used the positive and negative blocks - medium/dark and light to create a different secondary pattern. Then I saw a quilt that was the best example of these variations. I thought it was an antique.
Actually, everybody thought it was an antique. It's been identified as such by folks on Pinterest, some with the mistaken belief that it was part of the Infinite Variety - Red and White - Quilt show two years ago. The quilt was hanging in New York City during the show, and it is red and white. But the quilt hanging at The City Quilter - a terrific quilt shop in NYC - was made by Anita Grossman Solomon of Make it Simpler.
Anita developed a terrific technique for making pineapple blocks - no ruler, no foundations, no templates - and this amazing red-and-white quilt is the result.
Just so you know, Anita does workshops with her pineapple technique. She also has a terrific Craftsy class - Traditional Blocks Made Simple. It includes a discussion of her pineapple technique so if you're wanting to make a pineapple quilt but aren't sure about the rulers or paper-piecing, this might be the answer.
Anyway, back to my scrappy quilt. The notion of making medium/dark and light blocks, and then off-setting them for the secondary design stuck with me. So that's what I set out to make... and I'm 6/7ths done. Six rows are done - joined, assembled, pressed... complete. But the last row is going to be a little bit... delayed.
Those medium/dark blocks? I made twenty-five of them. Somehow... somewhere... it must have been during a hot flash... I calculated that four rows of seven blocks each totaled twenty-five. As near as I can guess, there were about fourteen reasons for my thinking twenty-five was the right number... which makes fourteen ways in which I was wrong. W.R.O.N.G. It is a zip code I've spent plenty of time in. Yes. There's no escaping it. I'm three blocks short.
That doesn't sound like a huge problem because I had cut a mountain of strips - enough for at least two quilts. Except for one teeny tiny little hitch... after finishing my light blocks, I gave my leftover strips to a friend.
She happily gave the bags of strips back to me... maybe because I hinted that letting me "borrow" the leftovers would probably be preferable to giving me three of her finished blocks.
So now I have to make three more medium/dark blocks. As soon as I'm done with those three blocks, I'll show you my quilt top. It's not quite as spectacular as Anita's Red & White version but I love it.
One last thing... if you're interested, I've been cleaning out "the closet" and I've got a few things in the shop.