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Sunday 11/17/2019, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sunday 11/17/2019, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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Gyleen Fitzgerald

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Trash to Treasure: Pineapple Blocks with Gyleen Fitzgerald
Okay isn’t it time to clear the clutter in your life? What about using up all those bits and pieces stuffed in nooks, crannies, and boxes? Better?

Let’s make an old -fashioned favorite pineapple quilt with a new and contemporary twist, sewn with perfection yet totally random, and all with no paper piecing! This workshop turns trash to a treasured one-of-a-kind pineapple quilt.

Sew fast and free. You will learn how to use the Pineapple Tool to "trim to accuracy". Experiment with design layouts to discover the diversity of one block. It has endless possibilities! 

Basic quilt-making skills required: rotary cutting, piecing a 1/4" seam.

Note: Sewing machines provided for class use.

Materials fee: $38 for Pineapple Tool and Trash to Treasure Pineapple book

FABRIC (see Gyleen's Thoughts for guidance):
1-1/2" strips cut from scraps (see Homework);
1-1/2 yd of solid or semi-solid fabric;
1-1/4 yd or more fabric that you believe is stunning for the border and center squares
Other Supplies:
huge bag or basket that stays open for your strips;
finger-pressing tool;
and batting to use as a design wall (optional).
Patchwork/Quilting Basics: Seam ripper, Thread snips, Straight pins, Finger-pressing tool, and batting to use as a design wall (optional)

Gyleen's thoughts on the fabrics:
Scraps: Gather all your scraps waiting for that special day. I mean all of it--vintage, novelty, floral, geometric, etc. No solids unless you have a huge collection.
Solid or Semi-solid: Used in the blocks showcase your scrap collection. Any color will work; if in doubt, pick your favorite color or a super dark or super light that is in your border fabric.
Border: I often put several fabrics together for my borders, mixing styles of fabric within one quilt. Bring choices.

Sharp scissors, notebook, pen or pencil with an eraser, stitch markers, blunt tapestry needles (large and small), flexible tape measure, small calculator, and needles & crochet hooks of various sizes.

Cut all the scraps that you gather to 1 ½" strips. Grain or length doesn’t matter. Make sure you have a large variety; you're going to need lots. Do not precut to length, but 6" is the longest used. You're going to need lots.

Cut (4) or so 1 ½" strips of your solid or semi-solid. Bring the rest to class.
Skills needed
Sewing machines with 1/4" feet, rotary cutters and mats, irons and ironing mats.