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Pineapple Quilt Block Variations
pineapple quilt block pattern

Two variations of the pineapple quilt block, with fabrics swapped in a couple of positions.

© Janet Wickell
Both quilt blocks are made with the same four fabrics, but with the darkest and lightest fabrics swapping positions in the layout.

Select a totally different color scheme or go entirely scrappy by sorting your fabrics into four piles of four different color values. Do pay attention to color value, not color. When it's time to add a strip just grab one from the correct pile and sew.

You'll arrange patches on the reverse side of the foundation and then flip the unit over to sew on the front.

Mark the Foundation Templates

It's easier to sew the blocks correctly when you code the templates in some way, such as writing "dark," "light," etc. within patch areas. If your colors are structured, write color names on the templates. Use any method that helps you track fabric placement as you sew.

Pineapple Quilt Block Cutting Chart

To being with, cut only a few patches of each shape. Cut additional patches after you've sewn a few successful blocks. Why? Because everyone aligns foundation patches a bit differently -- you might find it's easier to up the sizes slightly in order to be more flexible with seam allowances.

  • You'll sew nearly all of the "logs" with long strips of fabric. To begin with, cut a few selvage to selvage strips of each fabric, each 1-3/8" to 1-1/2" wide.

  • Cut (35) 2-1/4" x 2-1/4" squares pf medium-gray for pineapple centers.

  • Cut (36) 3" x 3" squares of the darkest fabric; cut each in half once diagonally (block corners).

  • Cut (34) 3" x 3" squares of lightest fabric; cut each in half once diagonally (block corners).

  • Cut (70) 2-1/4" x 2-1/4" squares of medium-dark charcoal/black; cut each in half once diagonally (fabric that surrounds center square).

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