Welcome to the resuscitated Scrap Quilt Challenge! All the specific rules of the challenge can be found by clicking HERE. This month (February 2020), I’m hoping you’re inspired to create a scrappy quilt based on the Pineapple block. This block is a little trickier than others but I’ve but together a great list of resources you can use to help you find your way through it if you choose to join in! I am not sharing a complete tutorial on how to make this block because there are so many paper piecing papers out there, special rulers to be had and if you want to use just the tools on hand – this FREE tutorial on instructables.com does a great job showing you how to make a pineapple quilt block. This block is perfect for using your scraps!
Tips, Tricks and other Pineapple Block Resources
- Free Pineapple Quilt Pattern using only your rotary cutter, standard ruler, and your scraps.
- FREE Pineapple Day Quilt Pattern – this uses 6″ and 12″ Pineapple Quilt Block Foundation Paper by the Fat Quarter Shop.
- FREE April 2017 Bella Skill Builder Pattern – showcases the Creative Grids Pineapple Trim Tool
- a great video tutorial on how to use the Creative Grids Pineapple Trim Tool can be found HERE.
I am going to use the 6″ Pineapple Quilt Block Foundation Paper for my scrap quilt this month. I will either need to use two 6″ pads (40 sheets per pad) to make a quilt large enough to meet the minimum size or I might throw in some 12″ blocks like the Fat Quarter Shop did in the Pineapple Day Quilt Pattern. I’m going to start by making my 40 six inch scrappy blocks and then decide what I’ll do next.
One thing I learned from Violet Craft last spring at the Modern Stitching Affair is that the Add a Quarter Plus Ruler makes paper piecing so much easier! The ruler has a tapered edge that makes folding the paper back over it nice and easy.
Once you fold the paper back on the crease you made you then flip the Add a Quarter plus ruler over so the lip on the ruler rests against the fold. This allows you to trim a perfect fat quarter to prepare your block for the piece of fabric.
Before you know it you’ll have a perfect 6.5″ Scrappy Pineapple block! I’m into color blocking right now so I think that’s how I’m going to proceed with my Scrappy Pineapple Quilt.
Violet also taught me that you can save time paper piecing by using a seam roller instead of an iron each time. I was skeptical but it really does work!
Here are some fun patterns to feature pineapple blocks you might use for this challenge (or use others, or make up your own).
Perfect Pineapples by Jane Hall and Dixie Haywood
Pineapple Stars by Sharon Rexroad
You have a year to start-and-finish a scrap quilt comprised mostly of the pineapple block. When you have a quilt finished (minimum size 45″ x 60″) link a picture below for a chance to win a prize. The deadline for the pineapple linked entries is February 15, 2021.
Be sure to read through all the rules on the Scrap Quilt Challenge Page HERE before you get started.
If the idea of making a scrappy pineapple quilt is making you panic please don’t! Each of these challenges are supposed to fun and inspiring and to help you use up those scraps! You DO NOT have to participate in each month! Just choose the months that make you inspired and happy!
Link up right below here your Scrappy Pineapple quilts by February 15th, 2021.