Well, I have finally finished all of the piecing for the never-ending pineapple quilt, but it has come at a cost. Let me explain….
When I was at the retreat and working on these blocks, I started having an allergic reaction to some unknown substance. I thought that my bed was probably previously occupied by some cat-fur covered individual and that I was picking it up from the bedspread. However the symptoms weren’t the same as I normally get with cat hair. Instead, the skin around my mouth and lips became red and swollen….weird!!! When I returned home, I took an immediate shower and promptly washed all of the clothes that had been at the retreat, and the allergy symptoms went away.
But then, a week later I started working on the quilt top again and, low and behold, my allergy symptoms returned.
I was racking my brain trying to figure out how the supposed cat hair could have gotten onto my quilt top and wondering if I needed to stop working on it. Then, as I was steam pressing a seam on my Wool ironing pad, I realized that there was a smell coming from it and realized that fumes were also rising from it. I started to wonder if this product was causing my allergies. I stopped using it immediately and the symptoms started to disappear again.
They resurfaced briefly when I was handling all of the blocks that had been meticulously ironed on the wool surface!!
So, it looks as if I am allergic to something that resides inside the wool pressing mat. I am so disappointed as I loved the way that the mat worked for pressing pieced seams but it simply is NOT worth the allergy!! I will probably give it one more test in a few weeks just to be sure but I want to be completely symptom free before I do so.
Now, back to the pineapple……
The plan for this quilt was to have something to use as a bedspread on my Queen bed during the holiday season, so I sized it to fit like a bedspread. But when I laid it on my bed, I really didn’t like it!!
The original plan was to have a yellow border separating the center from the border, but it didn’t look good to have the border falling off of the edge of the bed. So, I decided to skip the border and simply add the next set of slightly different colored blocks directly onto the main section.
This is the result…..
…and to be honest, I am not fussed with it!!! The pillows here are the back of ones that are currently on the bed but knew that something was going to be needed to break up the monotony of the top. In the long run, new pillow shams will help tremendously.
I think that this quilt does not have a “hook” to it and seems pretty boring to me, but it will suffice to be on the bed for the month of December!!
And, look how many strips I had left over…..
I dont know WHAT I was thinking, but I will never start something like this without a plan again!!!
I am thinking that I might use the Non-Christmas Red strips in a Quilt of Valor….maybe with some white strips interspersed….but that is for another time.
Back to the pineapple again…..But now the problem of how to quilt it….
First…..I wasn’t planning to do a lot of special quilting on it…..it doesn’t need ANY more design.
Second…….I am now concerned about having my hands all of the quilt top that has been ironed on the wool pad.
Third……I REALLY didn’t want to spend days quilting on something that I didn’t like that much!!
SOLUTION…..contact my friend Sherry and ask her to quilt it for me. I seldom quilt by check, but this is a good opportunity to do just that!! I felt SO relieved once that decision was made!!
Now I needed to make a back for the quilt and decided that it was a good opportunity to get rid of many of those Christmas fabrics that I have had for YEARS and will probably NEVER use for anything. It took all of one day to put the back together and I did make a dent in my Christmas stash, even using a panel that was langushing in the bottom of the box. I dont have a large enough area to lay it out, but you can get the idea here…..
So, on Tuesday it goes to the quilter and I can move on to something FUN and EXCITING!!!
I hate that I am not happy with a quilt that I put so much time and effort into, but the nice thing about this quilt is that I have happy memories of the many hours that I worked on it at our guild retreats. Those hours of fun and fellowship will add greatly to my enjoyment of the finished product.
Oh….does anyone want to buy a wool pressing mat….I have one going cheap!!!!