Sunday, June 24, 2012

Laura shares her Pine Burr work so far.....

Laura from California got inspired by the Pine Burr photos and started making blocks.  She wrote with a question: "Since I've never seen one before, I hope I'm doing it right.  When you lift the individual triangles, can you see the  triangle's raw edge?  The raw edge is only covered when the triangle  is in place?  Here's a picture of what I've got so far." 

Of course, I was blown away that she had already made the above. I asked about it and here's her reply: "My foundation squares are 12 inch flannel, and I think I might just let them be the background of the quilt.  The squares I am folding are 5 inch.  It is remarkable how differently sized the circles come out, depending on how I lay the triangles.  Luckily, I'm not too worried about perfection.  I'm more worried about a large quantity of 5 inch squares to be used up, and six more shirts from the goodwill about to be cut into squares!"
AH! that explains why Laura likes my blog. Goodwill shirts, hooray!
Triangles before trimming
I wanted more details. Laura wrote this AND sent a few more photos: "Glad you liked  the colors!  I tried to go for contrast between the rows of points, either across the color wheel (ie, orange to blue), or value light to dark.  This has been an excellent project to use up slightly weird fabrics.  Once they are folded and then layered, only the broad strokes show.  As I assemble the blocks, I'm putting the seams on the front and then covering them with the binding.  I am finding this to be a very relaxing project.  It is quite fun to sort through my bin of squares and fold them up.  I have not been pressing the points."

"I trim by folding the foundation out of the way.  It is also easiest to sew the seam binding down to the inside first, covering the last row of stitching by eye.  Then I check to make sure it is trimmed enough that the binding will cover the raw edge and sew down the outer edge of the seam binding."

Thanks, Laura, for sharing all this!


  1. Wow! That looks Amazing! Thanks, Laura for sharing your process and pictures.
    Deb, I also found this when you had previously posted the quilt. I am hoping to make one in future. I understand it will be a super heavy quilt but so pretty!

  2. I just saw a Pine Burr quilt from Alabama at the Bold Expressions exhibit at the museum in Bellevue. It looked like it was made just this way. I tried to examine it without touching the quilt, of course, so I couldn't pry the layers apart. :( The folded squares were machine stitched down in a circle, just like Laura is doing. So it looks like she's on the right track!

  3. I've been so intrigued since seeing a few posts on Pine Burr quilts. These are very similar to the popular Folded Star pieces I made (along with all my friends years ago; all were circles. I made potholders, decorative pieces mounted in embroidery hoops and hung, and pillows. It's fun to know where the technique originated (?) or at least how it was used in the past. The Folded Star pieces were much more uniform; I like the free form of these.

  4. Fantastically put together and the colours work incredibly well!

  5. I remember making Christmas ornaments using the folded stars...though my weren't very uniform so does that mean I can call it a pine burr! still sounds right for a Christmas tree!

  6. The gorgeous fabrics really make the blocks pop!

  7. Deb- thank you for putting it all up on your blog! And, thanks to all the commenters for their kind words. Laura

  8. Like this and could see it on the back of a denim jacket if it weren't too thick...