Pineapple : Feature Project

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While I do dream of an entire quilt full of pineapple blocks, this month I wanted to focus on a smaller project (there’s a couple deadlines kickin’ my butt right now).

Plus, it’s October which means I totally need a new treat bag!

I used two pineapple blocks and a mix of scraps to make a Halloween Drawstring Bag. That green ribbon has been hanging from my door for a little over a year now and I’m glad to finally have found a use for it.

The interior is a mixed candy print that I had in my stash.

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I’m glad I chose to use scraps with white backgrounds to surround the block on the exterior. I didn’t want those perfectly pieced little pineapples to get lost in a chaos of color.

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This bag is going to become another project bag for me. I made it a lot larger than I normally make these drawstring bags and I think I could continue making the larger sizes. I can fit a ton of EPP pieces in this one!

And just because it’s made of Halloween fabric doesn’t mean I won’t be using it all year round.

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318 Book Winner!

Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by to leave a comment on my kickoff post! I love that y’all are just as excited about the English release of this book as I am.

Thank you to World Book Media for not only publishing the English version but offering up a copy to one of my readers!

I used to pick the winner:

318 Random Comment #32


Congrats Siobhan! I’ll be emailing you shortly!

Make sure to check out the Blog Hop going on as well right now for some great posts about these blocks (and more chances to win a copy). The first stop is verykerryberry.

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318QAL Kickoff! Full Schedule + Giveaway!

Today is Kickoff Day for the 318 Patchwork Patterns Quilt-along! I feel like I’ve been waiting for this day for months!

318 Patchwork Patterns QAL at A Thousand Needles

For those of you just joining in, hello there! We’ll be working with the book 318 Patchwork Patterns by Kumiko Fujita . I’ve been after this book since I first saw it in Japanese and World Book Media have now published an English version!

**Pink Castle Fabrics also has the book available HERE**

To celebrate the English release, I’m hosting a QAL! Together with some of my favorite people, we’ll be using sixteen blocks from the book to create a mini quilt. Each week of sewing will feature four blocks (three chosen by me and one by my guest). There’s also going to be giveaways each week for linking up pictures of your blocks here at my site(either a blog post or Flickr Picture will work).

The giveaways have been provided by my lovely sponsors:



**Schedule of events**


Between now and the 30th, I’ll be posting some tutorials and tips both here and on Instagram! I know this book layout is a bit different than what some quilters might be used to so I want to make sure that y’all are all confident on joining in! I hope you can learn some new skills but more importantly I hope y’all will have fun putting these blocks together. Be sure to follow along. I’m @a1000needles on IG and for this QAL I’ve been using #pp318qal to tag my posts. Feel free to tag your own posts! I’d love to see any progress shots or more pictures of your blocks!

For each sewing week, I’ll be posting pictures of my four blocks for the week as well as what techniques I used to put those blocks together. There will be a link-up open here for y’all to add pictures of your blocks. Anyone who links up will be entered in that week’s giveaway.

I’ve tried really hard to pick a fun mix of blocks (with the help of my guests!) for y’all to sew but I know that there might be other blocks in the book that are more appealing to you. So the requirements for the weekly sewing link-up are as follows: 

  • Please choose at least TWO of the four blocks to sew for that week and include those in your pictures.
  • Link should be to a Flickr picture or a Blog Post. (You don’t have to write up a full post, just linking a picture is fine). Note: I’m not sure if Instagram links will work with the link-up program I’m using. I’m trying to figure out a way to include Instagram in the giveaways. 
  • You can substitute other blocks from the book in your mini quilt but please remember to pick at least TWO of the blocks that myself and the guests have chosen each week for the giveaway.


We’ll be enlarging the blocks from the book by 250% to make them 6″.

Here’s a list of the blocks we’ve chosen (in order of appearance in the book):

  • Cake (#3)
  • Ice Cream (#5)
  • Mug (#9)
  • Scissors (#13)
  • Apple (#32)
  • Car (#47)
  • Shooting Star (#59)
  • Whale (#66)
  • Heart (#90)
  • Duck (#95)
  • Chicken (#99)
  • Tulip (#104)
  • Elephant (#127)
  • Dog with Bone (#136)
  • House (#161)
  • Applique Flower (#204)



Listing out fabric requirements is a little difficult because I’m working from scraps for each blocks. I think if you have a good variety of scrap or FQs then you’ll be set for this QAL. I like text prints and dots for my backgrounds personally. Since the block size is 6″, you won’t need a ton of fabric to create this mini quilt. I’ll be sure to take a picture of the fabric stack that I’m mainly working from on Instagram to give y’all an idea.

Whew..That’s a lot of information. Please send me a comment here or on Instagram if you have any questions! Get your books ordered and enlarge your block patterns! Sewing kicks off in two weeks!


To celebrate the Quilt-along, the wonderful folks at World Book Media have offered up a copy of the book to giveaway! This giveaway is open up to anyone who wants to join in!

To enter: 

  • Leave me a comment here! Are you a fan of this book like me and never was able to snag a Japanese copy? Never seen the book before now?
  • For a bonus entry: Spread the word about the QAL! Let people know on your own blog or on Instagram/Twitter! Leave me a note letting me know. I’d really love to spread the awesomeness of this book and have y’all join me on the QAL. My favorite part about this online community is seeing everyone’s different versions of the same pattern!


Giveaway will be open until Tuesday morning, October 21st at NOON EST. I’m closing it up then so that we can get the book shipped out and the winner can join in with the QAL!

I’m so excited to be sewing along with y’all. Thank you so much to World Book Media for helping me pull this event together. And thank you to my sponsors and guests for joining in with me as well!

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|MMM| Slow Week



Just a single block this week. And one that I didn’t love until I took it out to my back porch to take a photo.

Maybe it’s the afternoon light or the mix of fallen leaves…but suddenly this block doesn’t look so bad.

While I had wanted to use all prints in this quilt, I had to throw in this solid because I didn’t have pieces large enough in the pile I had pulled. I might throw a solid or two into the smaller blocks to keep this one from standing out.


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Pineapple : Starter Block



The Pineapple Quilt Block has long been one of my favorite Log Cabin variations. And since it *is* October, I couldn’t resist making my Starter Block in Halloween fabric.

I still like the Foundation Piecing method of making Pineapple blocks. I find this method more accurate. Plus I like that I can pull fabric directly out of the scrap bin without really pre-cutting.

I mark my foundation patterns for Pineapple blocks a little differently so I’ve uploaded my version to Craftsy. (You can download it for free here)

So on my blocks, I leave the sections that will be made of background fabric blank. Anything that is a color/print/focus fabric gets numbered. There’s also a 1/4″ block seam guideline around the edge for trimming your block down after you finish with paper piecing.

If you’re familiar with paper piecing, this block is very straightforward. If Foundation Paper Piecing is new to you, I’m gonna walk you through how I build my blocks!

Let’s Make One: 

Materials Needed: 

  •  Foundation Template (printed on standard printer paper)
  • 2.5″ scrap for center
  • Various scrap strips (min. size 2.5″ x 3″)
  • Rotary Cutter and Ruler at least 8″ long (for trimming finished block)
  • Glue Stick (optional but helpful)





  • I’m using a Lightbox in the photo above (for the tutorial) but you should be able to easily see through your paper. Center your starting square on the foundation template. You want your fabric to be wrong side together with the paper. In the picture above, the paper is right side up and you’re able to see the wrong side of the fabric. I like to use a glue stick to apply a small dot of glue to hold the fabric in place. When working with foundation patterns this small, I don’t like to use pins because I find they get in my way.



  • Next, turn your pattern over so that you’re seeing the back side of the paper and the right side of your starting square. Take one of your background scraps and place it right sides together on top of your starting square. Again, I use a small dot of glue stick (right in the center on the edge) to keep my fabric from moving around.


  • The lines on your pattern are your sewing lines. Set your stitch length to something small (I put mine on 1.5) because the smaller stitches will make the paper easier to tear away later. After sewing each piece, press open (I keep a small ironing station next to my machine).


  • Each layer of the Pineapple, you’ll attach four pieces. Above is how my block looks after the first set of background strips.


  • The photo above shows how your block will look on the paper side after the first round of pieces.


  • To reduce bulk in my piece, I like to make a fold on the line that you’ll be sewing on next and then trim 1/4″ away. This will ensure that you don’t have a lot of excess fabric in your block.



  • Keep adding pieces in rounds. Above is what my block looks like after a five layers of fabric.


  • When you get to the last few rounds of the block, you want to make sure that your fabric that you’re adding will extend all the way past the 1/4″ seam guideline. I just put larger pieces on the block (that extend outside of the paper) so that I didn’t have to stress that I’d accidentally leave a hole. Using a long ruler and your cutting mat, cut through the paper *and* the fabric below on the four seam guidelines. This brings your block to 6.5″.



  • This is the stage at which I like to remove my papers. They should tear easily (because of the short stitch length).
  • Repeat the above steps until you have enough blocks for your project!


Feel free to grab the Six Inch (finished) Pineapple Foundation Pattern that I used. It’s a free pattern!

Pineapple blocks can take a lot of work, but I feel that the end product is always worth it.

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|318QAL| Sponsors and Guests!

The kickoff event for the 318 Patchwork Patterns QAL is a week away and I’m starting to feel incredibly excited!

318 Patchwork Patterns QAL at A Thousand Needles

I love that y’all love this book as much as I do and want to take the time to thank you for all your comments and notes. It’s been awhile since I’ve run a QAL and I think I had forgotten how much fun they can be!

With all that being said, I want to introduce my sponsors and guests for the event!


I couldn’t imagine making a mini quilt from this book without getting a little bit of help! I reached out to some of my quilting friends to join me! Each week will feature a block picked out by one of my guests (and they’ve picked out some great ones).

I’ll give you some info each week as to where you can see their version of the block (whether it be a blog post or Instagram).



I’ve reached out to some of my very favorite companies to join in with this event! Their own emails and excitement have made me feel incredibly lucky to be part of this community.

Let me introduce you!

World Book Media

  • None of this would be possible without the amazing people at World Book Media. I love that there’s a group dedicated to bringing us wonderful Japanese patterns and books in English. If you haven’t yet checked out their catalog, you should! Patchwork 318 isn’t the only title they have and there’s more to come!

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  • I think Fat Quarter Shop is a company that everyone in this community has at least heard of – and for good reason! Not only is their shipping incredibly fast (I once had a shipping notification from them *15 minutes* after I sent my order through), but they really have expanded out to be more than just a place to buy fabric. I love their books/patterns and their blog is always full of great content.
  • FlatterBySoakLogoFlatter by soak has changed my studio life! I hated starch and starch substitutes and wouldn’t bring them into my studio…the smells, the texture it left on my fabric…I just couldn’t stand it. I met Jacqueline at last year’s Fall Quilt Market and told her about my aversion…she asked to just show me something. I can see three (open) bottles of Flatter from where I sit in my studio now a year later. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to have them as a sponsor for this event.


  • I was slow to experience Aurifil thread because I had gone crazy at a Joann sale once and had yet to run out of those brands. Then I won a small sample pack which happened to contain an orange I really needed for a project. I now pick up this thread whenever I have a chance, especially since I’ve upgraded my machine and the new one tends to hate most other brands. I’m glad to now be the one who has the chance to share this thread with this QAL. It’s a bit of a full-circle moment for me.
  • Knotted ThreadI remember when Jennifer first announced opening her shop and I’ve loved watching it grow. Being someone who works in a lot of small patchwork, I’m always happy to see that she offers Fat Eighth bundles of the latest lines (there’s some Tula Bumble in her shop right now that’s calling my name!).  She also offers some amazing Pop Up Sales on Friday on her Instagram account (I’ve been known to snag a few).

Be sure to check out  these sponsors if you get a chance! I only reached out to companies that I support myself and I can’t even begin to describe how great it feels that each one I reached out to wanted to join in.

There will be five chances for prizes throughout the event and I’ll go into more detail about that during next week’s kick-off.

Are y’all ready to get started yet? I know I am!

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|MMM| Block Two and Three

Some slightly slow progress on my Moda Modern Building Blocks quilt this week. I wanted to be done with all the extra-large blocks (over 20″) and came up one short. Mostly because I kept pulling and pulling fabric for Block Three before I finally just thought I was being silly and cut what was on the table.

Block Two:

MMM- Block Two


Winterkist is one of the few lines I hoard without question. I love it more than I should love pieces of fabric. And even if this is designed to be an autumn quilt, I couldn’t resist pulling out a yard (don’t worry..I have 2 more of this orange..) to play with in some of these blocks. It’s a little quirky all on its own but I think most of my blocks will look that way until I start to pile them together.

Block Three:

Let’s talk for just a moment about how in love I am with those perfectly pretty little points. I love them. There was a time where that three triangle section would have been my downfall.




Whoa….this block is *yellow*. I didn’t realize how yellow it was even going to be until I took it outside for this picture. My lighting might be a little off here (weird grey drizzly day so I had a lamp on an extension cord just to the right in the doorway.

Even so…it might just be the most yellow thing I’ve ever sewn.


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Bear Paw : Twist


There are times where I spend a good week playing around with fabric to create a Traditional twist.

It is the simplest changes to these blocks that always make me the happiest in the end.

This month’s twist involves replacing the main paw square with a Half Square Triangle.

Simple and stunning.

I’ve always loved the mixture of Aqua, Orange and Grey so I pulled fabrics from my scrap bin to give my Bear Paws a different look. They can certainly be made this way using the same color for the paw and the claws.

I’m going to leave my Bear Paws like this without the sashing.

My Moda Modern Building Blocks quilt is thankfully providing me with more orange scraps as I build it so I’ll be able to continue to make a stack of these blocks to go together.

For now they shall live in the ‘Drawer that is Never Photographed’….. it’s a dangerous part in my studio where unfinished-but-in-progress projects live.

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|MHT| Progress Report

I’ve been a slightly terrible stitcher (dear Word, why don’t you think that is a word? It should be..).

I might even need to remove ‘slightly’ from that statement. I let myself get overwhelmed with fabric deadlines and then looked down and saw I was three clues behind on my stitching.



-Side Note- I love how the bizarre way that I’ve started filling in my tree makes it almost look like a squirrel.

I’m now setting aside an hour every other day to catch up and finish this piece which means more frequent progress shots. The full chart is out now so the mystery is gone but I’m still loving the design and my choice to use Weeks Dye Works for the full piece.

Working on cross-stitch pieces again this year has also given me the itch to design my own. I was coloring in some graph paper the other day. And I may have designed a little mascot for needlework patterns.

Now that I think about it….I could have used that time to catch up on stitching. Design always steals my attention.

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Moda Modern Mondays |MMM|

Instagram has made me fall in love with yet another quilt pattern. Although, I was doomed on first look seeing as how quilts built with varied blocks are my absolute favorite.

It’s the Moda Modern Building Blocks Quilt . I had ordered the pattern before I went off to QuiltWeek Chattanooga. Then I behaved myself and ignored it until I was back home and caught up with work.

These pictures will be familiar to anyone who checks out my Instagram feed, but I wanted to make a space on the blog to show off my progress on these blocks as well. Plus I love alliteration. So Moda Modern Mondays will be a space to consolidate any in-progress photos of my Modern Building Blocks Quilt.

Some weeks may contain far more pictures than words. I don’t see myself changing the design of this quilt too much. I did just purchase the pattern and not the kit of Bella Solids because I knew I wanted to pull prints from my stash.

After a couple of stacks, I decided on some lovely autumn tones:


Note: Don’t be surprised if in a week or so I post some stash pics of Burgundy and Mustard because I’ve fallen in love with that color combo during piecing.


Block One:


Those brown setting triangles looked too big when I pieced them in but I pushed forward anyway. My block finished at 36″ however so I won’t be pulling it apart. My center section just floats a bit more than it should. I think this might be one of those things that I notice while others might not.

I can’t wait to steal some time this week to put together more blocks.

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