Sunday, October 18, 2015

Quilt Camp Review - Part II

Days 1 and 2

Geese on the Pond
To me, the best part about Peg Bingham's Quilt Camp at Cedar Lakes is the 2-day classes.  There is enough time for me to do some in-depth teaching and time for the students to get a lot accomplished.

Black and Tan Pineapple
by Libby Smith 2014
My Monday-Tuesday Class was Exploding Pineapple.

The pattern is in Karin Hellaby's booklet Sew Simple Pineapple.  It is not a traditional pineapple block.  There is no special ruler required, no paper to tear off the back.  Instead, it's constructed from a series of squares in graduated sizes.  Start with two squares the same size, right sides together.  Stitch around all 4 sides, cut the top square diagonally in both directions and peel the resulting triangles back like the petals of a flower.  Add another square of this new larger size and repeat.

Peggy's Fussy-cut Centers
Yes, it's mindless, repetitive sewing, but sometimes that's just what we need. The hardest part is deciding which 6 fabrics you're going to use in any given block!

There was quite a variety among the students, from 19th century repros to modern brights. 

Wendy's Repros

Cher's Modern Brights

And organization went from 2-color combos to totally scrappy.

Cathy's Scrappiness
Sue's Planned Blocks

Kathy's Pinks and Browns

We were shooting for 80 blocks; finishes ranged from 20 to 60 (she worked the extra 2 days).  I can't wait to see the finished projects!


  1. A very versatile pattern. It looks great in all the fabrics.

  2. What a fascinating way to make pineapple blocks! Now I want to try it. Like I need another project... Thanks for the description.

  3. I've seen a tutorial for square-in-squares done that way, but was always concerned about the bias edges. Is there any problem with these blocks laying flat?

  4. I'm trying to figure out how you cut the top square open without slicing into the bottom square? Scissors rather than rotary cutter?


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