Thursday, March 27, 2014

Pineapple Blocks

Do you remember when I made Rendezvous, my pineapple quilt?

 

I used a specailty ruler to make my pineapple blocks.  It wasn't terrible but it wasn't easy and I had a bit of trouble getting the blocks matched up when I assembled the top.

An alternative means of construction is to use paper foundations.  I recently discovered a source on Etsy for large paper foundations.  Gigi's Thimble sells printed foundations that are just over 13" square.  (You can see Amber's version of the quilt here.)  Buying the foundations already printed means you don't have to do all the calculations for the block yourself nor are you limited to an 8" or smaller block.  Of course, the over-size paper doesn't come cheap.  I wanted to tell you about this because I get a lot questions asking if I know of a source for paper foundations for the pineapple block.

Does anyone know another source for pineapple block foundations?   



4 comments:

JoAnne said...

At one time I had plans to make a red and white pineapple quilt. I was going to use paper foundations. I found a free pattern for a 9" block online. I took it to a copy shop to print them (since they don't fit on a standard piece of paper) they weren't cheap, either.

Strlady said...

I first discovered the pineapple quilt through Jane Hall who, I believe, gave the block a resurgence back int he 90's. I recall taking a class with her in Houston at the Festival back in 98. She sold packs of 9" paper piece blocks in 25 sheets. I think she still sells them on her website (you can google Jane Hall Pineapple to find the site). I like that these are larger which means you can get away with making less but the cost might choke me. lol!

Nicole said...

I don't have a source for foundation paper, but know that Thelma is making the pineapple quilt blocks using paper piecing. She says her blocks are going together perfectly. I am using the ruler like you did, and I have to say, my blocks are a bit wonky and definitely not lining up perfect. Still loving the blocks though!

seamscrazyquilts.com said...

I'm going to give it a try! Or at least, I'm buying a pack of those templates from Gigi's Thimble (love her blog too). Thanks for the reference!