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March 12, 2019
Pineapple Borders (Finally!) and More Flying Geese from Cheeky Cognoscenti

I'll bet you thought you hadn't heard from me because I was sewing up a storm over Lars's graduation quilt, didn't you?  Well, progress has been made on that front, but we'll get to that in a minute.  For today, we're taking a little detour and revisiting the long-overdue borders for my pineapple log cabin quilt.

Look Who's Getting Borders Today!
First, I'm adding a 3/4" finished border (same size as the pineapple strips) in Kona Solids 196 Blue Jay, and after that I'm adding a wider border in a ...

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January 3, 2019
Hello, New Year 2019! Let's Set Some "Soft" Goals for January from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Now, don't get all excited and think I'm going to join you on your 5 AM jog or give up wine and chocolate or anything as ridiculous as all that.  If sweating and starving is what makes YOU feel jazzed about 2019, more power to you!  No, I'm just setting out some "soft" goals for January, so I can link up with the January OMG (One Monthly Goal) linky party.

I am calling these "soft" goals because, for 2019, I resolve to remove all stress and anxiety from my creative hobbies, and that means no more deadlines ...

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December 19, 2018
Quilts Without Borders, or Works-In-Progress Wednesday from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Hello, Lovelies!  Despite a freak neck/shoulder injury that hit me out of the blue on Sunday, I have still managed to sneak in a bit of sewing amid the bustle of holiday preparations.  I've been carefully cutting this border stripe print for my Jingle quilt, single layer so I can make sure the seam will land exactly where I want it on the stripe:

Proposed Jingle Borders
As you can see, there's a gap between the center medallion and the striped border that will be filled with another fabric and I haven't decided what that will ...

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October 19, 2018
Desperately Seeking Squares: The Pursuit of Pineapple Piecing Perfection Continues from Cheeky Cognoscenti

I got my first two rows of pineapple log cabin blocks sewn together yesterday!  Woo-hoo!

I still have the mailing label stickers on all of the block centers because I'm paranoid about messing up the layout.  Pinning these blocks together is going SO slowly and, now that I'm trying to pin two complete rows together, the pins I've already put in are getting caught up on each other and getting pulled out...  Grrr...  

I've got my #97D Patchwork foot with seam guide on my Bernina, which I love -- because it lets me focus 100% of my ...

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October 11, 2018
October OMG Charity Quilts Finished, Pineapples Progressing, and New Outreach Quilt Headed to My Frame from Cheeky Cognoscenti

First, I have to show my friend Colleen that YES, I am still working on my pineapple log cabin quilt:

S.L.O.W.L.Y., Joining These Blocks Into Rows
I timed myself, and it takes me a solid ten minutes just to get two blocks pinned together and ready to sew, due to all of the seam allowances stacking rather than nesting.  Once they're pinned, I'm sewing them together at a fairly slow machine speed, watching out so my needle doesn't hit any of the pins, using my stiletto to swipe beneath the work to ...

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August 30, 2018
Grad Quilt Design Evolution + A Fabric Shopping Mission from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Okay, so from those initial ideas I showed you last time, this was the color scheme my senior liked best for his graduation quilt design, the one with the royal blue flying geese against chartreuse:

The Chosen Colorway
But of course I can't just leave it at that, because, well, ME.  Once Lars-of-Ours gave me the thumbs up on the yellow/green and blue idea, I went back to EQ8 for some finessing.  

First concern: I don't want the finished quilt to look too juvenile, which could happen if the colors are all too bright and pure.  Yet ...

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August 1, 2018
Scrappy Thousand Pyramids Plan, Pineapple Paper Peeling Progress, and a Batting Query from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Scrappy Thousand Pyramids, Something Like This?

I made a bunch more of my scrappy, strippy equilateral triangles a couple weeks ago, but then I stopped to come up with a plan for them.  I'm thinking of a throw size quilt, around 52" x 66", similar to the EQ8 design pictured above.  My triangles finish 7 1/2" tall x 8 3/8" wide, so I'll need 50 full pieced triangles, 8 half pieced triangles, and then 50 whole + 8 half alternate triangles in a mix of solids and prints -- not necessarily the prints pictured, mind you, but whatever ...

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June 27, 2018
Jingle Progress Report and Secret Beach Discovery! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Good morning!  Just wanted to briefly -- yes, BRIEFLY -- organize my thoughts and task prioritization around my current works in progress.

Jingle BOM Still On the Design Wall, Borders Completely Assembled
As you can see, my Jingle BOM is still up on the design wall.  The diagonal set block borders have been completely assembled now and I just need to trim the excess fabric from the bottom border.  

Sewing the Last Block Seam...
And as I've been working on the block border, I've been thinking about what I want the inner border(s) to look like.  That predominantly gold ...

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June 11, 2018
Pineapples On the Design Floor, With Border Bliss! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Pineapple Log Cabin Layout Finalized
I had a hunch that my church would be pretty quiet on a Saturday morning in June, so I packed up my pineapple log cabin blocks and label stickers and used the floor of the Lower Commons (a large lobby/fellowship area outside the Sanctuary) to lay out my quilt blocks.  It took me about an hour to get my 36 blocks laid out in a 6 x 6 grid without any of the same fabric strips right next to one another or too close to one another where any of the corners meet up ...

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June 2, 2018
OMG; It's June Already! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

I know I said I wasn't going to play that One Monthly Goal game anymore, but here it is a brand new month, and I'm trying it again!

Pineapple Progress Is My One Monthly Goal for June
When I first sat down to write this post, I didn't know what my OMG for June was going to be yet.  It was only a few days ago that I finally, FINALLY finished the Tabby Mountain quilt that was supposed to be my goal for February of this year.  Failing to reach my goal by the end of February ...

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April 27, 2018
Squealing Over Scalloped Borders for My $10,000 Pineapple Log Cabin Quilt! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

First of all, thank you so much, all of you who have been weighing in with advice and opinions about my pineapple log cabin quilt.  I got a good night's sleep last night for a change, and woke up with some fresh new ideas buzzing around in my brain.  I think this is my final, FINAL design plan for this quilt, and I couldn't wait to share it with you because I'm SO STINKIN' EXCITED about it!

5 x 6 Layout Plus Half Block Border and Scalloped Edges.  LOVE!!
I'm so giddy; it's like I ...

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April 26, 2018
Pineapple Log Cabin Block 36 FINISHED! Tweaking My Design in EQ8 For a Custom Fit to My Bed from Cheeky Cognoscenti

You guys, I am ON FIRE!  Not only did I venture out in a monsoon to restock my home with groceries yesterday, but I also got caught up with all of the laundry, reviewed a couple of tricky passages in the Brahms, and stayed up past midnight to finish one more pineapple log cabin block.  BEHOLD:

Pineapple Log Cabin Block 36 (out of 42?)
Here are the answers to the most common questions I've been getting about this project:
  1. I am paper piecing the blocks using a free foundation pattern that I downloaded from Fons & Porter here, but after ...

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April 11, 2018
To-Do Tuesday: Let's Try Setting Itty-Bitty Goals This Time! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Okay, people.  You have seen me setting montrously lofty goals, and you have snickered or soothed me when I failed to reach them (depending upon whether you're the snickering sort of the soothing sort, naturally).  Well, if at first we don't succeed, we try, try again!

I'm scaling it back, though.  Forget about finishing Tabby Mountain -- I'm exploring my options for transferring a fancy feather design onto that partially quilted project without taking it off the quilting frame, and I'm waiting on some products to show up in my mailbox before I can resume those ...

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March 21, 2018
Pineapple Log Cabin Block 35 of 42: This Is What Six Hours In the Studio Looks Like from Cheeky Cognoscenti

NO, I did not meet the weekly goals that I posted about last time.  NO, I have not loaded Tabby Mountain onto my quilting frame yet, let alone started quilting it.  However, I did manage to complete one more 17 3/4" paper pieced pineapple log cabin block for the California King sized bed quilt that I've been working on "off and on" over the past few years.  This one makes 35 blocks completed out of the 42 blocks I need for my quilt.  And, because I used a timer to carve out one-hour increments of sewing time from ...

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March 5, 2018
OMG, It's Groundhog Day (Again)! This Beast Is Pieced, But She Ain't Been Quilted from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Finishing Tabby Mountain is My OMG -- Again!
So, remember that 1993 Bill Murray movie where his character is stuck in a time warp and is forced to relive the same day over and over again until he finally gets it right?  

Well, it's Groundhog Day again for me, because my March OMG (One Monthly Goal) is to relive my February OMG since I didn't get it finished.  My goal was to finish piecing AND quilting my Tabby Mountain quilt, and I didn't even finish assembling the quilt top by February 28th.  

Marking and Pinning These 30 Degree ...

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December 14, 2017
Pineapple Log Cabin Therapy: Block 34 of 42, etc. from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Greetings from the midst of Advent!  "Busy" does not even begin to describe all the balls I've got in the air right now, but I blocked out some stitch therapy time and managed to complete another pineapple log cabin block this week.  That's 34 blocks completed, 8 more to go, in case anyone's keeping track.

Pineapple Log Cabin Block 34 of 42
Here are the four most recent blocks up on the design wall.  Each block finishes at 17 3/4", and the fabric strips finish at 3/4" wide.

Blocks 31-34 On the Wall, With Bear ...

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November 29, 2017
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