One of the swaps I have participated in a few times is the Mini QT Swap. Each swap has a theme, and everyone who wants to participate signs up and is matched with a partner. Since you know who your partner is, you have to be a little sneaky in posting pictures.
Here is the picture I posted. Sneaky enough?
This time, the theme was ticker tape quilts. I have made a couple of ticker tape quilts and blocks, and the prospect is kind of daunting. All those tiny pieces have to fit just so for it to look right. Anyway, my partner was Denise (dwriter_3) and in looking through her photostream and the things she had created, it seemed to me she liked fruits and veggies and gardening. Then I saw a picture of a quilty pineapple on Pinterest, and an idea was born. I would make a ticker tape pineapple for Denise!
While I was sick, I set about the planning. I printed out a pineapple coloring page off the internet and traced the shape onto my white Kona, which was slightly bigger than I wanted my little quilt to end up.
Then, I went through my scrap bag and pulled out every yellow and green I could find and arranged them into my traced shape, then trimmed them and pinned them down where I thought they would go.
It still looked kinda boring.
Then I remembered that somewhere I had heard that in Hawaii, the pineapple is a symbol of welcome. Perfect! It's a wall hanging after all, right. What better message to convey? So I printed the word WELCOME in a nice big outline font, got out my Wonder Under (hate that stuff, BTW - will NOT buy it again) and traced my letters backwards onto the Wonder Under, then
Once the letters were placed and the backing removed, I pressed them down and stitched.
Don't you love it when it's finished?