Tuesday, January 27, 2015

ALYOF January Finish

My goal for January for the 2015 A Lovely Year of Finishes (I was #5 at the goal setting party) was to make the corner pinecone blocks on this quilt…

This is a Piecemakers Calendar quilt from 1998 and I have wanted to make it since I bought it. I decided making the blocks each month as my ALYOF goals in 2015 would force me into it. J

I decided to fuse the applique on the pinecones, so I got all my fabrics together and ironed on the fusible.

Then I fused them all onto the background triangles. Initially, I was going to use bias strips for the stems, but then just decided to fuse them as well. When I first starting fusing the pinecones, they looked like a bunch of mustaches on the design wall…

But once I added the stems and pine needles/leaves, it started to look more like pinecones…

Then I got everything stitched down. I used a blanket stitch on the stems and a zig zag stitch on the needles and pinecones.

Yay! I met my first goal. Admittedly, it wasn’t a huge project, but like I said, I think this way will force me to make this quilt…finally!

I will be linking up at Fiber of All Sorts and Sew BitterSweet Designs for the January Finishes Link-Up for ALYOF. Head over to see all the wonderful projects everyone has completed this month.


  1. Amazing transformation from mustaches to pinecones! The quilt will be gorgeous in the end, take one step at a time, then the task is not that overwhelming.

  2. Oooh, seeing all those traced pine needles traced on the fusible gives me a shiver....reminds me of my Fleurs quilt I did last year with a ton of appliqué LOOKS like it's not a huge project, but you and I know differently! Very time-consuming, all the steps are, to get a finished block. I've always liked Piecemakers, very intricate quilts.