If you love piña coladas, and the sound of the rain, then have we got a quilt for you! In honor of Pineapple Day (yes, it’s really a thing!), we present to you our completed Pineapple Day Quilts!
This classic block looks like it would be difficult, but we made it easy with our Pineapple Quilt Block Foundation Paper!
At the beginning of the month, we kicked off our Pineapple Day Quilt Along by rolling out a FREE Pineapple Day Quilt Pattern to go with our new 12″ size of Pineapple Quilt Block Foundation Paper! You can see the original plans for the quilt along on this post. The Pineapple Quilt Block Foundation Paper comes in two sizes: a 6″ finished block and a 12″ finished block. That makes them easy to combine, which is exactly what we did in our FREE Pineapple Day Quilt Pattern.
For the past few months, some of our awesome quilty friends have been hard at work on their versions of the Pineapple Day Quilt, all unique and different. Let’s see what they made.
Starting off right, Vicki (Vicki Hollaway Quilting) watched the video tutorial made by FQS. “Then I discovered I needed to pin strips from previous rounds so they wouldn’t fold over into my seam in progress.”
Mona Phelps (Kentucky Whittaker Creations) recommends a good light source and not rushing through. “I used a glue stick to adhere the center piece to the block and then just held the others in place when I sewed (If I were a pinner, I would have used pins). Use a smaller stitch length than normal so that the paper will tear easier. Make sure that you are only tearing off one sheet of paper (I had a couple of blocks that I sewed with two pieces of paper). Most importantly – have fun!”
Using glue or double-sided tape is a common technique, especially for the larger blocks. Sherry Shish (Powered by Quilting) used double-sided tape to hold the fabric in the correct spot for the bigger pineapple blocks. The tape comes off at the end when you peel off the paper. Linden Vines (Vine Lines Creative) said she “used a Sewline glue pen to hold the pieces down once they were pressed. This worked really well.”
Patty Dudek (Elm Street Quilts) precut all the strips into 3 sizes and then pulled a random assortment for each block to make her quilt, dubbed Maui. “It gave me quite the fun quilt top. I wrote about the tip on my blog.”
Sonda (Out of the Blue Quilts) says, “Make this your own !!! The papers add so much variety. I added an additional block to the center of my Pineapple Papers and chose to continue the print fabric clear to the outer corners, rather than using the background fabric as pictured. Simple changes completely change the look! Also, consider spicing up your borders with additional “on a roll” paper. I used the Flying Geese on a Roll.”
Using yardage instead of a Jelly Roll? Alison (Little Bunny Quilts) has a scrappy tip. “I found that I could cut my strips for the large blocks at 2.25″ instead of 2.5″ to save a smidge of fabric.”
Pat Broe (Life in the Scrapatch) set the small blocks on point and has provided instructions in her blog post on an additional layout, too!
Tanya Quilts in Colorado was new to paper piecing. She said, “a Pineapple Quilt has always been on my quilting bucket list and thanks to FQS—it was possible!” Can you say #quiltinggoals ?! That’s pretty cool.
All of these tips will surely help anyone sewing with the Pineapple Quilt Block Foundation Paper for the first time. Thank you so much to all our quilty friends who sewed along, and a very Happy Pineapple Day to all!
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