Pineapple Scrap Blocks


Last year, I don’t remember when, I had an idea to use up some of my scraps by making scrappy 6 1/2 inch pineapple blocks. The idea is to eventually make enough of them for a queen size quilt.  Only problem is I am slow at paper piecing which is the method I am using.  I actually worked off and on all day on one block!!  Of course the rest of the day I was blowing my nose so maybe it is possible I could have finished two blocks instead if I wasn’t grabbing Kleenex?  I am estimating right now that I need about 256 blocks to make a quilt that is about 100 x 100 inches large.  I have 5 finished – 4 of them from last year LOL.

my 5 blocks. Some of the color choices weren't perfect as I had several dark colors too close to the same shade next to each other, but I will be more careful in the future - none of these are getting tossed out!! and I'm not picking them apart either 🙂 With so many blocks in a quilt I really don't think anyone will notice a few bad color choices here and there.

I will continue to work on this quilt for several years I bet.  I had sore fingers from quilting and just didn’t feel like working on any of my other projects today so went back to this one.  I used the Singer Featherweight.  I thought I needed some practice with the machine as I had not used it since Bea had worked on it.  The machine worked great although at first I thought I was going back to the same old problems with tension but then realized when I put it in the storage bag that I had bumped the upper tension dial.  Got that back to where it should be and practiced threading and putting the bobbin in and then got started sewing.

Learning how to use my new phone has been interesting.  There are aps for everything it seems but I do not want to spend money on buying them.  We found one ap for the weather channel that is free and you select gps and it finds the location wherever you are and tells you what the weather will be and shows you a weather map too.  That sure will come in handy when we are traveling.

I will select the winner for the give away tomorrow and then mail it out on Monday – good luck and thank you to those who participated.  You still have time this evening if you want to get in on it.

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6 comments… add one
  • Wanda Apr 30, 2010

    You are way too fussy for a scrap quilt. Each block will never be seen as an individual, only as a final overall design. That is what made the old scrap quilts so successful, they just used what they had and the value changes weren’t planned. As long as your ‘color’ pieces contrast with the light background it doesn’t matter how you lay them out. I would just try for each block to be multicolor and nothing else. sorry if I sound bossy!
    .-= Wanda´s last blog ..And then the electricity went out……….. =-.

  • CJ Apr 30, 2010

    Oh Karen I think this is going to be absolutely wonderful! I love the look of a scrappy quilt, and these blocks are awesome!

  • Karen L Apr 30, 2010

    Karen, Those pineapple blocks are wonderful. You should look at the photo in your blog again and I think you will see just how colorful they are. I am in total agreement with Wanda. No one will notice anything once you have all of them put together. I always loved the pineapple pattern especially when made with scraps. So let’s see …. if you were to make two a day maybe one in the morning and one in the afternoon, you could have the number you want in about 126 days. But say you only work on them about 5 days a week. Then you could be finished them in about half a year. See, that doesn’t sound so bad now, does it? LOL It’s just like eating an elephant …. you have to do it one bite at a time. I love paper piecing for it’s precision but it can get tiresome. Still, you are going to have a beautiful quilt when finished!!!

  • Astrid Apr 30, 2010

    I think I remember you started this one… It’s perfect for using up scraps, and you should not worry about color combination, because no one will notice! The blocks are looking great! Pineapple blocks are something I’ve never tried, so perhaps one day….. 🙂
    .-= Astrid´s last blog ..Dancing Snowmen (UFO) finished =-.

  • Teri Dingler, Montgomery, AL May 1, 2010

    This is going to be one gorgeous quilt! I can’t wait to see it completed, no matter how long it takes! The colors are absolutely wonderful! Keep the photos coming….Teri

  • Crispy May 1, 2010

    I love the pineapple blocks and didn’t even notice bad color choices. Let’s see, at 4 blocks a year a king size quilt in these blocks will only take you 64 years to make (not counting hand quilting), yep I think you will get ‘er done ROFL.


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