Friday, September 16, 2011


Yep. Pineapples. The second demo that I did at the shop was pineapples. The book is Sew Simple Pineapples by Karin Hellaby.  It is an easy way to make those great pineapple blocks. No  special rulers. No paper piecing tiny pieces. Just squares.

The book has measurements for more than one size of the pineapple blocks so you do not even have to do the math!!! I totally love that since I am a bit math challenged.  Anyway.... you start with two squares the same size. Put them right sides together with the fabric you want in the center on the bottom and sew 1/4 inch seam on all four sides. (You can chain piece these).

Once you have all four sides stitched, make a line from corner to corner on each diagonal  on the top fabric.

Take a small, sharp pair of scissors and make a little slit. Then cut down the lines carefully. Go right up to the stitches but not through them.

Once you have both lines cut, press the flaps back. The book recommends using a bit of spray starch. If you stop at this point you have a block called a pineapple chunk. You can sew the 'chunks' together using a 1/2 inch seam. 

OR you can continue to add a square on top and repeat the process. I did not do as many rounds as the book had, I just needed to demo the process. Anyway this is how my little pineapple quilt came out.

Cute no? Happy Stitching everyone.


  1. Very cute, and an interesting technique! I've never seen that one before. ---"Love"

  2. Oh my goodness that is snazzy! I love the little kitty in the last photo...

  3. How clever! My "try this someday" list has just gotten longer.

  4. Thanks for a great idea! This goes on my list, too!

  5. I am amazed at this technique and thank you Beth for sharing!!

  6. Hmm, is that how it's done? Love the little kitty quilt!


  7. Pineapple blocks made easy. That's a very cute quilt Beth. Thanks for sharing. ann :-)