Friday, May 24, 2013

Playing with the Pine Burr

I'm taking a break from Phebe and trying a new to me technique.

This is the Pine Burr block which is also known as the Pinecone, Target or Bullseye block. Its the state of Alabama's state quilt block. Wonder how many other states have an official state quilt block? I highly doubt that Kansas does although there are several quilt blocks with our state's name in it.

Ever since I saw this block on Nifty Quilts blog (, I've wanted to make one. Tried to forget it and finally just gave in and began cutting fabric. This is a great stash buster because you need a lot of 3" squares to make one block! I think I used around 150 triangles in this 12.5" square block. I will be fixing those not square corners and then making more blocks as I have time to cut and press triangles.

So what does Phebe think about all this color? Since she's still smiling down at me from my design wall, I think she likes it. She's not afraid of a little color! I've done some embroidery work on the center panel and have begun the first narrow applique border so work continues on the Phebe quilt.

Happy Memorial Day!
Till later, Mayleen


  1. Wow! what an amazing block!! I've never seen one like this before, I'll have to check out the link! Enjoy your long weekend!!!!

  2. The pine burr block looks amazing - what are you going to do with it?

  3. Love the colours. It must be very heavy, but really cozy.

  4. Wow, this is intriguing... and so very beautiful! I love these "different" colors also. I am afraid I will not be able to forget this block either...

  5. Wow, that's a step back in time for me. We made these in the early 1980's! At the time we called them Folded Stars and put them in large embroidery hoops to hang on the wall. Ahhh. What goes around comes around again!