Part 2 is all about finishing the Pineapple quilt and adding crocheted flowers: the first part was posted on this BERNINA blog on March 14. Three strips with each 5 Pineapple blocks are ready. Use the quilt layout from ‘blad 2’/.pdf to see where the strips are added, between these Pineapple strips and on the outside of the top.
Place the Pineapple strips upside down on a flat surface/table. Draw sewing lines on the back of the fabrics/strips, 0,5 cm from each side.
Cut 2 strips from the bright green fabric, each 6 cm wide x110cm. Cut exactly, draw a sewing line at the back, on each side of the strips at 0,5cm. Place them – also upside down – between the Pineapple strips. The bright green strips are a bit longer than the Pineapple strips: don’t cut them back yet.
Cut 4 more strips from the bright green fabric, each 3 cm wide x110cm. Cut exactly, draw a sewing line at the back, on each side of the strips at 0,5cm. Place two strips on each side next to the Pineapple strips, 1 strip on top and 1 strip on the bottom of it all. The bright green strips are a bit longer than the Pineapple strips: don’t cut them back yet.
This is your layout, all upside down.
MARKINGS: Place marking with a pencil opposite of the point of a Pineapple block, starting from the center of the bright green strips. This is done to be sure the blocks are all aligned, when the quilt is finished.
AFTERWARDS: Place markings with the top- and bottom strip, opposite Pineapple blocks and cross points seams. This is not done until the other strips are sewn together.
Assembling the top of the quilt.
Sew the bright green strips to the sides, again use the markings. Now the four bright green strips can be trimmed to make a straight edge top and bottom.
Sew the bright green strips to top and bottom, again use the markings. Trim the edges to square the corners.
You will need 4 strips, each 8 cm wide, for the wide borders. I have assembled these strips, made from remnants of fabrics, mixing them up.
Two long strips for each side, and two shorter strips for top and bottom. I’ve sewn them onto the top, using a 0,5cm sewing line again. I’ve added some bias tape/strips to decorate.First5 sew the two longs trips to the side, next the shorter strips to top and bottom.
Press the top at the back. Also press the backing fabric. Place that upside down on a flat surface/table. Place the piece of batting 100% bamboo on top of that, and last the top of the quilt, right side up: this is your quilt sandwich.
I haven’t done much quilting. Because I will add a lot of flowers, I have just secured the strips and the Pineapple blocks.
Crocheting the 3D flowers.
I have made 62, to be able to sew a lot onto the quilt. You can make less, if you don’t want to make as much.
From bright green Cotton 8 – (olive, darker than the bright green fabrics) I’ve crocheted chains, some very long, others shorter, to make veins for the flowers. I’ve made sure they were crocheted with a small hook, because I don’t want to stretch them while sewing them onto the quilt.
The image above shows that I’ve positioned some of the flowers before assembling the quilt, just to see how everything will look like. The green fabric on the picture above was not used: instead I have used another, more yellow/green fabric. .
Working with a cord foot or different foot for adding the crocheted chains:
Cord Foot #21 is suitable to use for sewing the crocheted chains onto the quilt. If you want to know how that works, check older BERNINA posts, because many experts have written about this. You can use a regular foot too, but keep in mind that the crocheted chain has to be centered underneath the foot, to catch stitches. I’ve used pins to hold them in place before stitching.
I’ve made several short chains, placing them as with the picture above, like stems/veins. On each end, a crocheted flower is sewn, so don’t worry to stitch back and forth to secure the ends.
Next I’ve divided the number of crocheted flowers in two: 31 for each half of the quilt (62 in total).
I’ve placed them where I wanted them, and secured them though all layers of the quilt. Now there are 31 flowers with each half of the quilt, placed in mirror image – not color wise but placement wise.
Now it is time to square the quilt: cut all sides but be sure no flower is cut with it.
Finishing the quilt.
The 5 strips – put aside with your preparations – are sewn together into one long strip. Sew them onto the quilt at all sides, mitered corners, the way you are used to as a quilter. If you don’t know how to sew a binding onto a quilt, please check previous posts on this BERNINA Blog. V
Make a sleeve at the back/top of the quilt, to be able to hang the quilt onto a wall.
Next time another project, see you then!
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