I know you all know this isn't the last quilt I will make. It is the last family quilt that I have left to do. My nephew has patiently waited, has never asked when his quilt will be done, and to be honest, he's a guy and has probably no memory or idea that I would be making him his own quilt. But it's almost done.
The only decision I let any of them make was color. Seriously, letting a non quilter pick out a pattern for their own quilt would be painful on it's own, but imagine if they picked a Cathedral Windows, or Double Wedding Ring, or, or, or.... You get my point. I love this pattern, Blooming Pineapples from Bonnie Hunter. I've made it a lot. It's the pattern on my bed, I've done table runners, it's been gifted to my friend, to my other nephew, it's just a perfect block to use up fabrics in one color and it's a block you can pick up and work on without twisting your brain on how it goes together. And you get bonus 1/2 sq. triangles. This is what I now have, 240 + blocks all trimmed up to 2 1/2".
And I have this; a stack of 64 finished blocks, all ready for the design wall. The great thing about this pattern is the lay out options.
I could do this, all the cream marching in one direction.
Or this, I love the 4 cream triangles coming together for a scrappy square.
Or I could set the blocks on pint and find a print for setting triangles, or used cream scrappy triangles.
Or a zig zag setting. This one might look better with more blocks up on the wall. Squint :)
But for now, this is all in a box, waiting to go on retreat with me. My goal is not to finish any one top, but to use the huge design wall for the layouts, pin my rows in stacks and mark them all for assembly back in my studio.
And I even have a starter kit for the next green/cream mock pineapple quilt.
Do you have a "go to" pattern when you are making quilts that will possibly end up on a camping trip?