Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Playtime: the bowling pins

The final block of my American Jane Playtime quilt is the bowling pins:

Playtime: the bowling pins block

Though I usually prefer needleturn, for this block I actually took the time to do freezer paper/starch prep on every single piece. As it is a set of pins, I wanted them to be as close to identical as possible. Doing the prep also gave me a little more confidence with the spacing of everything as it allowed me to lay it all out before I started stitching. The pattern has the pins plain, but once I finished all of the applique, the block felt like it just wasn't finished. So I went back and embroidered a face onto each pin. It just felt like the right thing to do. And I think they turned out pretty cute. Certainly, they have more personality than plain pins would have!

Once I finished the block, I could not help myself from just putting the whole dang thing together:

my completed Playtime top!

Woo! After having worked on this project for three years now, I do have an inkling of a quilting plan in mind, but it needs a bit more work before I'll feel comfortable taking the plunge. Regardless, it is going to be a little while before it gets quilted as there are a couple of other tops that have higher priority. So I've got some time to figure it out.

Again, I say, Woo! :)


  1. Woot woot!! You go girl, that quilt top looks super cute! I can't wait to see how you quilt it. Congrats on your finish.

  2. Totally awesome. I love it-- I also admire your perseverance!

  3. Hooray! I have loved watching this adorable quilt top come together and how it showcases your amazing applique skills. The faces on the bowling pins are perfect. This will be a real heirloom.

  4. hehehehehe! They are way cute! They make me giggle!! and LOVE your work!!

  5. I love, love, love this quilt! The faces were an excellent idea :)

  6. So that is what that block was going to be. I like the faces too.
    Congrats! It is a wonderful quilt. Can't wait to see how you quilt it.