Welcome guest blogger, quilt designer, and author, Deanne Eisenman. Deanne’s new lap quilt pattern, Pineapple Patch, combines piecing, appliqué, and Civil War reproduction prints to create a quilt with style. You’ll find this quilt in the McCall’s Quilting November/December 2016 issue. We’re happy to have Deanne here to talk about her lovely quilt and fill us in on her process!
Hi Everyone! I am Deanne Eisenman, owner and designer for Snuggles Quilts Patterns. I design, write and market individual patterns, have written 3 books and I also lecture and teach.
I’m here as a guest blogger today to introduce you to my scrap quilt pattern, Pineapple Patch, featured in the McCall’s Quilting Nov/Dec 2016 issue. This quilt has a special place in my heart as it combines my love of scrap quilting with my other love …. needle-turn hand appliqué!
The Pineapple quilt block in this quilt can be made with or without foundation piecing. In this issue, there are instructions for foundation piecing if you wish to make the blocks that
This block uses a technique known as “folded-corners” or “stitch & flip.” Basically, you are laying smaller squares face down on a larger square or corner of a block, stitching diagonally, “flipping” open the small square and pressing. The key is not to alter the size
of the square you are working on once the stitch & flip is done. My rule is to measure
each unit as I go to make sure the size is correct.
The next step is usually to trim away the excess fabric in the seam allowance, but I add another step here:
I finger press the corner back as shown in the photo to make sure the corner created is in alignment with the original corner of the unit. To say it in simpler terms, with the corner pressed back, does the unit still look perfectly square and measures the same size as the original unit?
If it doesn’t measure correctly, carefully “unsew” the seam, reposition your square and stitch. Be extra careful “unsewing” since the seam is on the bias and may distort your square.
So that’s how you make perfect “folded corner” or “stitch & flip” corners. Follow these instructions and you will end up with a perfect quilt block every time! Once you master this skill, you will fly through making all those Pineapple quilt blocks for this quilt.
Thank you, Deanne!
Leave a comment below before midnight October 5, 2016 and you’ll be entered into the random drawing for one of two prizes: Blooming Patchwork book by Deanne Eisenman or 3 quilt patterns from Snuggles Quilts. The winning name will be drawn on October 6, 2016 and notified by email with subject line beginning YOU WON.
This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.
If you’d like to make a Pineapple Patch quilt and don’t already have a copy of the McCall’s Quilting November/December 2016 issue, you can order print and digital magazines in our online shop. The Pineapple Patch quilt pattern is also available separately as an instant digital download.
Oh, yes! Make sure to catch Deanne’s online education course on Craft University called Sew-on-the-Go with Needle-Turn Hand Appliqué. It’s a 6 lesson course that takes you through all the steps of creating a beautiful appliqué wall quilt called Bloomin’ Days. Take a closer look to learn more about it!