It was a lot of work: 25 embroidered pieces. My eldest sister loves cross stitch, but doesn’t want it all to be framed. And that’s where I come in: I have promised to make quilts and pillows of all her embroidery, not matter how small or large. I’ve done it before: making pillows or small quilts. This time it will be a large quilt, where the frame of each cross stitch will be a Pineapple block: Octagon in shape.
I have designed a Unit (Pineapple Octagon), large enough for each embroidery to fit. Almost half of them were a bit smaller, so I adapted the center of the Unit(s), making two different sizes. The actual Octagons are the same, but the center squares are different. In the end all 25 will be sewn into blocks, the blocks into rows, triangles will be added with the corners to square them up, borders added and machine quilting will finish it all. But it is still far from that!
Blocking the cross stitch pieces.
I’ve blocked each cross stitch piece: pinned them on a ironing mat, while stretching them, to be sure creases and distortion would disappear. Because my sister has added beads, I cannot iron them. Now the stack is ready for use.
Preparing the Units.
I’ve designed two different Pineapple Units: one with a smaller center square and one with a larger center square, to match the cross stitch pieces. The final measurements are the same. Both will be printed on Papers for Foundation Piecing each in 4 parts, taped together.
using my Bohin Glue Pen to add glue underneath the embroidery, and on the sides of the embroidery fabric, I am sure nothing shifts while adding strips of quilting fabric. I have measured it all, centering as best as I could. It is ok if that’s a a bit off: it is made by hand, so a light distortion can be expected, even after blocking.
Preparing the quilt fabrics.
I had to iron each fat quarter and other measurements, because they have been stacked in a box for a while. All creases and fabric folds had to be removed. A lot of work, but I don’t want distortion with the strips I have to cut.
Sewing the strips.
The first strip is sewn, seam allowances trimmed with the Add-a-Quarter liniaal and a folding template. I am not pressing with an Iron – because of the beads in the cross stitch section – but using my folding or a special tool.
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