Anybody who has ever sewn more than one garment, knows that left-over fabric is the rule rather the exception. This is particularly true for quilters.

Maryland quilter Gyleen Fitzgerald is no exception to that rule, and decided to challenge the members of her online group to clear that clutter from sewing rooms. “I challenged them to use it up making a pineapple quilt,” said Fitzgerald.

During the challenge, the Churchville, MD, resident ended up designing a new quilting tool and writing a book about the experience called, “Trash to Treasure Pineapple Quilt.”

From July 22-25, the 30 quilts created during her challenge will exhibit in the International Quilt Festival/Long Beach 2010, at the Long Beach Convention center.

“I thought the exhibit was the finale of the project, however I was wrong,” said Fitzgerald. “… the synergy is still going.” The Long Beach show runs July 22, 5-9 p.m., July 23-24, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and July 25 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.