The Pineapple quilt pattern, with all of its sharp points, is perhaps the most dazzling of all the Log Cabin quilt block designs.
At almost twice the number of pieces as a comparable log cabin block pattern, it definitely takes longer to piece.
You can choose to paper piece it or use traditional methods with specialty rulers.
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Like the Courthouse Steps quilt block,
the strips on two opposite sides can be added before stopping to press.
The remaining two straight strips are stitched on and pressed.
Next a pair of patches in opposite corners are added and pressed, followed by the remaining two corner patches.
Depending on the finished size of the block, as the patches get larger, you'll be able to add four patches before pressing and speed up the whole process.
As you can see from the two quilts pictured above, it doesn't matter whether you use an even or odd number of blocks in the rows and columns of a straight set. The design is symmetrical either way.
Continue using a straight set, use both fabric layouts--a light 'X' and a dark 'X'--a nice looking design, but without the strong secondary pattern.
Now switch to an on-point layout with the fabrics positioned to form a light 'X'...
...and now a dark 'X'.
While pineapple quilts are traditionally set block-to-block, you can insert sashing between them. Add some bright fabrics and black and you create this fun quilt...without having to match all those diagonal seams!
...and an on-point set creates this design. The patches look as if they are interlocking.
This final quilt I saw at a quilt show several years ago. It features both versions of the Pineapple design—a light X and a dark X...
The original quilt is by Anita Grossman Solomon. The pattern and instructions for this pineapple quilt pattern are found in the book, "Rotary Cutting Revolution: New One Step Cutting, 8 Quilt Blocks" published in 2010.
Anita has developed a very clever technique to piece the pineapples that doesn't use either templates or paper. She's one smart cookie!
Can you see how the blocks are put together?
Every other column begins with a half block, and the columns alternate between all dark X's and all light X's. The quilt is even more stunning in person!
With all this inspiration...
If you enjoyed making this design, consider designing your own Pineapple quilt.
Start with the following pages for inspiration: