A couple of weeks ago, I finished the top to my Dazzling Pineapple Patch Quilt, the quilt inspired by my obsession with pineapple motifs. Because I have an eye for everything pineapple, my mom sent me a couple of pineapple block templates. I made a mini pineapple quilt as a study to see how the block worked and whether I liked it or not. Well, I loved it and jumped right in.
I wanted to do the block in colors that make my eyes pop. I started with leftover fabric from my mother-daughter matching outfits and some fabric I already had in my stash. After making my first block, I decided that doing less than 4 blocks at a time was too tedious. (There’s a lot of cutting and sewing involved in a single block!) So, I made 4 red and aqua blocks.
Then, I was inspired by nightshirt, which resulted in a batch of navy and pink blocks.
I felt like I needed one more batch of blocks. Digging around my stash, I found the perfect combination of purple and lime green. Again, eye-popping colors.
Because I was working with limited yardage of each fabric and I didn’t want to introduce yet another color, I added a border of contrasting fabric to two sides of each block. Then, I arranged the blocks until I was happy with the layout. I added more borders as necessary to give it a finished look. As you can see, I worked from left to right, top to bottom, so the blocks on the right and bottom have more borders of the same fabric.
I think I’ll machine quilt it with a large grid and diagonally. It’s not as large as I would like it to be—it’s a throw or large baby size—but after making 13 pineapple blocks, I’m ready to set my templates aside. I can’t wait to keep working on it, but I have other quilts I want to finish first!
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