Friday, July 7, 2017

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Doin' the Happy Dance...

Hi, all!

Welcome to Friday!  Seems like it came really fast this week, because we had a holiday in the middle - but that just means we get to do our whooping a little sooner!  I hope you're ready to do your happy dance - I know I am!

Back in March, I started seeing Instagram posts of the Long Time Gone quilt EVERYWHERE!  Well, long story short, I finally succumbed and bought my own copy of the book.  I didn't formally join the quilt-along, but I did try to keep up, and found that it was a really easy way to make this kind of quilt.  A few blocks each week...

...aren't these X and Plus blocks cute?  And I was able to keep up pretty well...

...half square triangle blocks are so much easier with a Bloc-Loc ruler!  And these blocks are so much smaller than they look - the squares in this Trip Around The World are only 1" finished!

Fortunately, I had a handy dandy technique for making this particular block that made it a lot simpler! Believe me, I was grateful - there are 169 squares in that one block!  But this was the killer...

...sixteen 5" square paper-pieced pineapple blocks.  I'm not a big fan of paper-piecing, in fact I'd say I'm really terrible at it - or I was, until I had to make 16 of these babies!  Each block has 40 pieces in it, which means a total of 640 for all 16 blocks.  Each took me about 45 minutes to make, which meant I was fairly sure I was NEVER going to finish!  But - - - I have!!  I conquered those pineapple blocks, and may even try another paper-piecing project some day.  Thanks, Jen Kingwell, for taking me out of my comfort zone!

And now that those pineapple blocks are finished, I get to start assembling the quilt...

It started out like this - just blocks on the design wall....

...then I grabbed some natural Essex linen out of the stash and filled in with sashing .....

...and then suddenly a second section joined the first!  

That's all I've had time to assemble so far, and I really need to work on some commission jobs, so it may not get any farther this weekend, but it sure does feel good to see it coming together!!  

So - - - can I get a whoop whoop?


And now it's your turn!

What's got you whooping it up this week?

What's making you do a little happy dance?

Share!  We want to dance right along with you -
And it's always more fun to dance with friends!

The party will stay open until Sunday night.

Hope to see you there!




  1. I love those triangles and diagonals above the pineapples, looks like they are spinning the others.

  2. I just jumped in, myself. I took your suggestion of working on a few pineapples at a time and printed all my papers yesterday.

  3. I love your blocks! It's such a fun, happy quilt. I might have to consider jumping in on the fun!

  4. While they took a lot of work, your pineapple blocks are great.

  5. The pineapple blocks turned out great. That is going to be a fun quilt when it is done.

  6. WooHoo! I love your LongTimeGone coming together. I totally scored on a bundle of Gardenvale from Craftsy and I'm going to make something Jen Kingwell with it to celebrate. I kind of like the mixture of blocks like yours but will have to let it percolate awhile to decide. I'm quilting my Metro Rings this weekend...I hope :-) Have a great weekend!

  7. Looking good - I love the scrappy look to it.

  8. I love everything about this project!

  9. This is really coming together. Way to hang in there on the pineapple blocks. Looking forward to the grand Ta-Dah!

  10. I do not think I realised how small the blocks were so admire what you have done pineapple blocks are hard but that tiny I wold call impossible what a great quilt you will have when completed

  11. Hi Sarah...that I'm getting some finishes done this summer is making me HAPPY DANCE!! Thanks for the linky.


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