Pine Burr: Fast, Easy, Addictive
A few years back I took a class from Jean Ayres on how to make old-fashioned Pine Burr blocks.
I’d seen a Pine Burr quilt in an exhibit of African-American quilts near Seattle at the Bellevue Arts Museum. I fell in love with it.
So when I heard that Jean was hosting a class in Kansas, I drove down. I’ve been playing around with how to finish the edges and/or how to join the blocks.
This one is about 20″ square. You can use the ugliest fabrics you have and it still looks great.
It’s freeform and improvisational—no holds barred. It’s fun.
I’d go so far as to say it’s addictive. I cut the patches when I’m tired and don’t want to think. Then I prepare them in the evenings in front of the TV. It makes good use of a time when I want to be with my family but I don’t want to be idle.
I’m thinking of building a class on how to make Pine Burr blocks and the things I’ve learned through my experiments. If distance was not an issue, would you be interested in taking it? I’d like to hear your thoughts in the comments.