Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Pineapple Quilt

I'm excited to share my Pineapple Quilt! I've always loved a traditional Pineapple Quilt, but wanted to see if I could make the traditional design a bit more modern. I flipped through an older book called Pineapple Passion published in 1989 and found a design that I thought might work for what I envisioned from a picture of an antique Pineapple Quilt in the Gallery of Quilts at the front of the book. No pattern.

I found the block fairly simple to draft, worked out the math and went on to choose a nice rainbow of fabrics.


Here's the result and I couldn't be happier with it! Just what I pictured in my head!


You probably can't find the block outline. It's easier to find if you look at the corner of the quilt pictured above. The blocks are 10" square and set side by side {not on point}. The center of the block is the white square with the gray solid square on point. To construct the rest of the block, I pieced 1 1/2" strips around the center square {each block uses 2 different colors adjacent to each other}. After each round of strips, I used a white square on each corner and sewed on the diagonal of that square to create corner triangles. I repeated with 2 more rounds of 1 1/2" print strips and white squares to complete each block.


Because my rainbow color way was preplanned, I pieced each identical diagonal row before going on to the next.


The top sat for a while because I couldn't decide how to quilt it {and I really didn't want to ruin it!}. I decided to bring it to my guild's Sew-In day to ask for advice. The overwhelming opinion was to do simple straight lines - just the way I had been leaning. I ended up doing diagonal straight lines going in the opposite direction of the rainbow pattern.


The backing is a gray print and when I cut off the excess after quilting, I decided the same fabric would make the perfect binding. Done!


I think it's turned into one of my favorite quilts! :)

33 comments:

  1. Omg this is stunning! I purchased a block lock ruler in Houston for making a pineapple quilt, yours is so pretty! What an inspiration!

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  2. This is just gorgeous! love it!

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  3. This quilt is truly a beauty! I'm very impressed with how you envisioned and brought it into being!

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  4. WOW!! What a finish! Are you going to enter this in anything?

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  5. So, so beautiful! You really nailed your original intent of taking a traditional block and making it modern. I love the hues you chose for your rainbow; very sophisticated. This one is a winner all around!

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  6. Wow! This is a brilliant interpretation of the pineapple block! Are you intending to release it as a pattern?

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  7. So good! I agree that the straight line quilting was the best way to go. It looks fantastic.

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  8. This quilt definitely has the WOW factor when a person clicks into your post - excellent!

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  9. It is traditional, modern and gorgeous! Was it complicated to keep track of color placement? The fabrics make it so comfy too.

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  10. Love love this! What size of squares did you use?

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    1. The on point square (with the white triangles added is 4" finished. I use an on-point ruler to cut the gray square, but the gray square is about 2 7/8" finished.

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  11. This is a very beautiful quilt!

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  12. Would you ever consider making a pattern for this!? I just love it and I'm not a skilled enough quilter yet to look at a pattern I like and figure out how to make it myself :/

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    1. I'll see what I can do to get more info out!

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    2. That would be amazing! Your patterns are always so easy to follow!

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  13. Yes, love love this quilt. So colorful and cheerful. It certainly is contest-worthy, as are all of your quilts. Happy first week of 2017 :)

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  14. Beautiful! I love the quilting design you used.

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  15. Im interested in knowing what brand of solids you used. And maybe the color names? Sure is a gorgeous quilt!

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    1. The white is Moda Bella 97. I'm not sure what fabric the gray it - it was in my stash.

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  16. Love your color and fabric choices! Beautiful!

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  17. I love this beautiful quilt! Nice work, Cindy!

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  18. Wowwww!!! Just gorgeous! Love love love the colors and the pattern❤

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  19. I'm kind of intrigued with pineapple quilts lately and I love yours! Nicely done.

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  20. This is such a beautiful quilt💙💛💚❤️!!!

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  21. I also love this pattern, but I'n not smart enough to work out the pattern. An chance you will put the pattern up for us? Happy to pay for it.

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  22. Just beautiful. Love the rainbow.

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  23. How much yardage of the white fabric did you use?

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    1. I didn't measure it, but I'm guessing about 3-4 yards?

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