31 August 2022

Get On Board With Sewing Blog Hop: A Pulchritudinous Pineapple Party--With Giveaways!


Hello and welcome to all visitors from the

A big thank you to our hosts:

Stay tuned through the end where you can sign up
for some wonderful blog hop prizes!  I've also added
a couple little giveaways on my own so make sure
you catch them all!

Typically around here we drink coffee, lots of coffee,
but because today is special, feel free to grab some
wine or a tropical drink of your choice, imagine a
lovely sunset over the beach and let's do this!

It may be September but summer isn't over yet!
Today we're heading off to the Tropics!
Well...if you can't be there, you can at least bring
a little of it into your home with the cute little block
I'm sharing with you all today.

First a little about me:

Speaking of the tropics, my high school sweetheart and I
I will soon celebrate our 30th anniversary in Jamaica!
Our nest is empty but out of it came 4 children who
have grown into some pretty incredible adults:
Daughter 1
KU Music Ed Grad and SAHM, married to KU Architect
with 2 children and one on the way--yay!
Daughter 2
WSU Health Science Degree and Washburn PTA Degree
Son 3
Creighton Finance Degree and Business Analytics Degree
Son 4
Cadet at The US Military Academy West Point
Pole Vaulter and Captain on WP Track Team
We just got back from West Point where we attended
the Class of '23 Ring Ceremony:  pics and post here.

Like most of us, I began sewing at a very young age
but it wasn't until my late 20's that I made the switch
to quilting--and I've never looked back!

 In March of this year,  I upgraded to my longarm to a Lucey,
and took over one of the upstairs bedrooms for my studio.
(shown here but I really need an update post!).

I began successfully selling quilts on Etsy last year and am
working toward starting a quilting business.  I've been a
pantograph quilter for 5-6 years but I'll soon be purchasing
a computer for Lucey and we'll be off and running digitally. 

  After taking a couple classes from the talented Julia Quiltoff,
I'm also working to perfect my skills at custom quilting.

🌴 Now let's head off to the Tropics! 🌴

Palm trees, flowers, beaches and fruit!
Hubs and I are major foodies and love to cook.
When trying to settle on which one of those tropical
themes to go with for the hop, hubs had just made our
favorite pizza: sweet pig pizza with all the yummy toppings of
pulled pork (hubs had smoked himself), ham
and...pineapple.  It was the start I needed.

If you keep up with me, you know I love traditions.
Pineapples have long been a symbol of hospitality.
When sailors returned safely home, they would hang a
a pineapple on their doorway to invite friends and
neighbors in or a visit!  This is why today you often
see a pineapple on welcome signs.

I've created two projects for you to bring the welcome of
 the pineapple into your own home.  And both are so easy
that you can whip them out today--right after

To keep this super-simple I'm using only squares and
half-square triangles (HSTs)--and all from scraps.
The beauty of an HST project is that you can alter it to fit
any size squares you want!  You can also use any method
of making HSTs you like.

Here are a few links for methods and charts for
fast HST construction. 
 Choose whichever one(s) fits your size of scraps.

These should help you make some pleasing, plump,
pulchritudinous pineapples--posthaste!
(It means "physically beautiful" <wink>)


We'll start off with the mini:
For ONE pineapple, you will need:

2 background squares
6 HSTs in background/green combo
4 green squares
4 HSTs in background/yellow combo
16 yellow squares

Choose your layout for the pineapple stem.

Sew together, first in horizontal strips....

And then the strips together, pressing seams downward.

If you've chosen tiny like I did, you may want to
use a spray stabilizer for ease. 

For the fruit section, repeat these steps referring
to the above diagram for the layout. 

Sew the stem to the top of your fruit section,
pressing this seam open.  
 Finish as desired. 

 I chose to add a small border
before quilting, binding and hanging.

My 1 1/2" (unfinished) squares resulted in
a mini measuring 6 X 10.


Now that you've had a taste for how simple and
fun this block is, let's dig a little deeper into that
scrap bin and make a table runner!

For this one, I chose to use 2 1/2" (unfinished) HST's.
This resulted in a runner measuring approx 11 x 39".

8 background squares
12 HSTs in background/green combo
8 green squares
12 HSTs in background/yellow combo
32 yellow squares

Repeat the above steps for each pineapple.

Once you have two pineapple blocks completed,
choose your layout for your center section with
the remaining 4 HST's yellow/white combo.

Sew into pairs, pressing seam open.

Next, sew the two units together, pressing seam open.

Sew 2 background squares together; repeat with the other two.
Sew one of these units to each side of your HST "diamond"
as shown below.

Next sew this diamond unit to the tops of each of 
your pineapple blocks as shown.

Can't you just imagine a candlestick sitting right here?

Finish runner as desired.
For mine, I added a 2" (unfinished) border.

Other ideas for this block:

I ran out of time for more but how about pillows
for your sunroom or porch swing?  Casserole-sized 
pot holder? Or even a  whole pineapple quilt?
Just note that the block is twice as tall as it is wide!
All it takes is squares and HST's and you'll be
sending out a tropical welcome in no time!

And now for the giveaways!

The Grand Prize Package
$25 gift certificate from Rebecca Page
$25 gift certificate from Gardensong Fabrics
Fabulously Fast Quilts book by Amy Smart
(donated by Patrica’s Mia is Mine Blog)
Crib size Quilter’s Dream Dream Angel Batt (by Brenda)
Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail digital pattern (by Melva)
Aurifil thread (by Melva)
Three stash builder bundles (donated by Island Batik)

To enter to win the grand prize, please sign up with
the rafflecopter at the end of this post!

My Prizes

I have two little pulchritudinous pineapple embroidery
scissors, each paired with a FQ just waiting
for new homes among my followers.
(Fabrics are the closest to "tropical" I could find!)

To enter:  comment below telling me how you follow
 and your preference on the FQ's:  "Batik" or "Blue".
First choice goes to the first winner selected.
Hopefully the second winner will choose the other!
 (Sorry, US mainland residents only.)

My own giveaway will run through Sept 12th.
I'm not super technical so I'll have the hubs choose two
numbers on Sept 13th--my birthday!  Then I'll drop you
a line to the winners.  Please be sure to leave your email
address if you are a no-reply blogger!

I appreciate your visit and spending time with me
today!  Now it would be great to get to know you!
Please feel free to follow along by any method
listed off to the right there.
(Though Bloglovin' has been iffy lately!) 

Don't forget to visit the other posts for today
and the rest of the hop!

Happy quilting!

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Get On Board with Sewing Blog Hop Line up

Thursday, September 1

Anorina                Samelia’s Mum

Brenda                 Songbird Designs

Cheree                 The Morning Latte

Denise                  For the Love of Geese


Friday, September 2

Karen                    Karen’s Korner 

Nancy                   Grace and Peace Quilting

Sharon & Susan Ms P Designs USA

Nina-Marie         Creations – Quilts, Art, Whatever


Monday, September 5

Karrin                    Karrin’s Crazy World

Linda                     Texas Quilt Gal

Yvonne                 Quilting Jetgirl

Emily                     The Darling Dogwood                    


Tuesday, September 6

Gail                        Quilting Gail

Joy                         Days Filled with Joy

Melisa                   Pinker ‘n’ Punkin Quilting & Stitching

Carol                      Quilt Schmilt     


Wednesday, September 7

Melva                   Melva Loves Scraps

Tammy                 Tamarinis

Leah                      Quilted Delights

Patricia                 Faith, Trust & Breast Cancer

30 August 2022

Tuesday To-Do #27: USMA Ring Weekend

Welcome to another edition of Tuesday To-Do,
a link-up hosted by Texas Quilt Gal for us quilters
who like a little extra motivation to get things done!

We've been travelling again!
It was sooo good to be back in the Hudson Valley
and up at West Point this past weekend!
We enjoyed what might be our best visit yet but
more on that later.  First let's see what I got done!

Er...maybe it goes without saying that being gone for
4 days means I didn't get much done at all but
I gave it my best shot and that's all that counts.

1) Link my Etsy shop on blog
But it requires viewing the web version.  Tech things
are just BO-RING but one day I'll find the time to get
things better sorted.
Right now:  "Ain't nobody got time for that!"

2) Work on West Point Quilt
Very little but I'm trying!

3) Start quilting Once in a Blue Pumpkin
Not done.

4) FINISH Blog Hop project and post

I did, but more to do.  Thursday is the first day
and my day to host. I have a couple small
but fun giveaways so you'll want to drop by! 

Now to share some West Point bling!

A ring, a parade hat, sash, gloves, sword...
the Class of '23 is getting ready to graduate!

(I'm pressed for time here so this likely
won't be anything eloquent but here goes!)

Above, a portion of the chain stretched across the Hudson
during the Revolutionary War.  West Point displays many
of the cannons used in all of our wars--as trophies.

Some of you have kept up on on IG but it was
Ring Weekend at the US Military Academy.
I don't think I'd be wrong if I were to say when it comes
to tradition, West Point (founded in 1802) is at the top
of the list, or darned close, in this country

The class ring actually originated at West Point back
in 1835 so you can imagine why the celebration of it
spans a whole weekend.

Each year, rings of past graduates are donated by
their family and collected in a very specific crucible
at the Ring Melt ceremony held back in January.
The addition of the gold from these rings to those of the
of the graduating class is just one more way West Point
signifies the unity and commitment to the Long Gray Line.
If I remember correctly, there were 13 rings donated this
year, the oldest one dating to 1902.

With the great view of the Hudson as a backdrop,
we watched the cadets receive their rings on Friday.

After lots of oohs and ahhs, hugs and pics, the Firsties
(WP's "seniors") try to head back to the barracks.
They are mobbed by plebes exercising more tradition:
a little something called "Ring Poop." 
(Classy, I know.)
The plebes all gather around to block them from getting
through and in very loud, sing-song-y voices, exclaim:
"Oh my GOSH, sir [ma'am]! What a beautiful ring!
What a crass mass of brass and glass!
What a bold mold of rolled gold!
What a cool jewel you got from your school!
See how it sparkles and shines?
It must have cost you a fortune!
May I touch it?!? 
May I touch it please, sir[ma'am]??!?"

It's the only time the plebes are allowed to harass them.
I found an older version here on youtube that's really
worth the watch.  Some Firsties make a game out of
trying not to let anyone catch them.  Ours got caught
a few times pretty well but the only one that someone
caught on camera was just a single here.  No civilians
are allowed back there so it's better than nothing...
but I sure wish I could've seen the mauling that
came as he headed farther in!

After this we treated the cadet to a dinner at the same
place we took him for his "last civilian meal" over three
years ago:  Brother's Trattoria.  The food is top-notch,
and the owners have a way of working the room
so that by the time you leave, you feel like family.
Pic taken in a dark restaurant but it says
"West Point 2023"

When they saw my son gifting me a necklace version
of his class ring <sniff!>, they brought him a cannoli.
Now how did they know cannoli was his all-time fave?
And, YUM--far above any we've ever had!

The next evening was the black tie banquet.

This took place in the huge mess hall.
Above is taken from about the middle of just one
wing; the hall seats over 4,000 cadets:  all
of them are fed--famously--in 25 minutes.
Impressive, eh?

Mom here had to take a pic of her place.
Up there it says "Mrs. Hull".  That's me.
With a place at the table.  At West Point.
All these years and it's still so dreamy!
(I get choked up all the time around there.)

Alright, truth be told, I swiped that little place card
 and it now has a prominent place in my studio.
We were told to take the commemorative wine glasses
bearing the class crest but, oddly, no one said anything
about the paper place cards.  I guess I'll just let that 
enhance the rebel-ish-ness of my shameless act.

Cigars are another WP tradition.
(Read up on Grant sometime!)
Hubs didn't know I snatched this pic until later
but he is so happy I did--a moment to cherish.
(Props to me.)

Not bad for being all sweaty in an
apple orchard just hours before!

Other good times had:

Hubs and I visited Stoutridge Vineyards in Marlboro, NY.

There we sampled some lovely spirits...

...and, ahem, added some weight to our suitcases.  

For Mass we finally got to see a small part of 
Camp Buckner, where BEAST (intense Basic Training)
and all other summer training occurs.  This weekend
there was a retreat being held there for the
underclassmen (thus the Mass out there).

We were early so I tried to casually get a few pics.
Any Firsties present had their rings blessed.

For breakfasts, we visited Jones Farm one day,
and FiddleStix Cafe the next.  Both are quaint 
little local places in Cornwall, NY.  Another was
Andy's in Highland Falls, just outside WP's gate.

We also had a great time touring Angry Orchard
with our cadet, some of his friends and their families.

I'm not a donut eater but the basic cider ones were great!
The s'mores and cannoli ones were too much for me but
the Cadet was all over them.

I am a huge hard cider fan and was happy to try
some of Angry Orchard's more special varieties.
(Better than what is on the shelf at the liquor store.)

After 4 years of visiting the area we can now give
all kinds of recommendations. 
Hotels, restaurants, ice cream parlors, orchards,
wineries and bourbon distilleries...
we got ya covered.  Just drop me a line!

But now it's back to class for the cadet and back to the
quilt studio for me!  With all the travel, I've had plenty
of time to peruse quilt books and the list of
current-inspirations is long--and effective!
I wish I had three of me so I might get them all
made in a month!

Next week's to-do's

1) Finish blog hop post
2) Quilt Once in a Blue Pumpkin
3) Finish West Point Stars II Top
4) August Monthly Goal Post
5) Next-Projects Update Post

Happy quilting!

~My Lousy Post Script~
Well, that "C" thing finally found us while we were
out travelling.  I, who have not been sick for years,
have finally been hit.  Hard!  That list up there?
I'll just repeat it next week.  I'm going to bed!
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