Saturday, April 1, 2017

Skill Builder QAL - Pineapple blocks

Its's time for month 3 for the Fat Quarter Shop's Bella Basics skill-builder QAL.  (For overall information about the QAL and links to all the patterns, visit here.)

I've never made a pineapple block before and these were great fun!  That said, they are a bit intimidating to trim without specialty rulers.

With my hera marker, I did put an X in the center of the center square (see arrow in photo top left) and then used those as I aligned my ruler for each cut making sure I had 1/4'' seam all around  (see arrow in photo bottom).

Then as the block grew, I pulled in my larger rulers.

Then, before adding the very last round of a contrasting dark color fabric, I trimmed each of the lighter color fabric to be 1 1/4'', figuring this out via trial, error and use of the seam ripper.

The smaller pineapple blocks used coastal (137), zen gray (185) and teak (129).  The larger pineapple blocks were summer sky (136), sea (138) with the same zen gray (185) center.

Here are all my blocks so far.  I am really enjoying this QAL!

For more photos, see my post on Orange Peels (March) and Kaleidoscope Blocks (February)

Lots of wonderful quilters are quilting along - check out all these wonderful versions -

Paula from The Sassy Quilter 
Leanne from She Can Quilt
Erin from Sew at Home Mummy
Erin from Why Not Sew
Lisa from In the Boon Docks
Marni from Haberdashery Fun
Natalia from Piece and Quilt
Julie from 627 Handworks
Kim from Persimon Dreams
me --> Patty from Elm Street Quilts
Denise from Pieced Brain Quilts
Kaye from Miss Print
Melissa from Happy Quilting Melissa
Charise from Charise Creates
Dana from Old Red Barn Co.
Kristen from Three in the Nest
Vickie from Spun Sugar Quilts

Have a wonderful day! Patty


  1. Your pineapples are pretty in those colors. :) I am going to try the Marti Michell templates on pineapples for the Long Time Gone Quilt, I am curious to see if they reduce the bulk in the seams?!

  2. Great squaring up tips,Patty! Thank You!

  3. Wow -- these pineapples look great -- especially knowing you didn't paper piece or use the specialty rulers. Great job.

  4. Your tips are priceless, Patty. Thank you for taking the time. I've only ever foundation pieced the pineapple block, but am eager to try this. All of your blocks look wonderful together! XO

  5. It's good to know there is a way to make pineapple blocks without paper piecing or special rulers.


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