That would be Red Pineapple, my homage to French General fabrics, their reds in particular. It seems that there are a lot of folks working on Pineapple quilts lately! I shamelessly copied Cathy (Quilting on Main Street), her colors and her method. Thelma has been working on a foundation pieced version of her own, but hasn't posted recently on her progress. A little bird told me she has made 30 blocks however! Carrie is making an amazing Pineapple quilt, and has around 25 blocks made. Check out her blog to see a gorgeous scrappy version. She has some extremely interesting facts about various methods of making the Pineapple block. Also, her impression of making the blocks is a little different than mine, which makes for interesting reading. Don't you love it when folks who are doing the same thing have slightly different experiences? Professional vs Amateur. lol
I made one sample block a couple of months ago, right after I cut out all my fabrics. This week I had some sewing time, and decided since Hill Country Baskets is just about done, I could give myself permission to get back to work on my Pineapples. I am using the Pineapple Ruler by Possibilities to make my blocks.
So here is my impression of Pineapple blocks thus far:
They take a TON of fabric. A T.O.N. If you want to reduce your stash, this baby is the answer.
It takes FOREVER to cut out the strips. Since you are using a ton of fabric, that is probably obvious. But seriously, this took me a week to cut out the strips. I like cutting, so I didn't mind too much.
It takes a while to get used to using the Pineapple Ruler. There is a pdf file that you can download that explains beautifully how to do it, but being a Quilter of Very Little Brain, there was a learning curve for me. My blocks are coming out mostly the same size, so I think I am doing it right.
Making the blocks takes a very long time. The six blocks on my design wall took me well over three hours to make. I chain pieced, but you have to press after every round and then trim. There are ten rounds of strips that surround the center square. Carrie seems to be going a lot faster than I am. Maybe with practice I can speed this process up.
Lastly, there is quite a considerable amount of waste, especially on the last round. What you see below is what I had trimmed for those six blocks. If you are trying to use up your stash, this may not bother you one bit.
Bottom line, I love the way these blocks look. Everyone should make at least one Pineapple quilt in their life, and once this challenge is tackled, will have something to be very proud of. No regrets so far!