Tuesday, August 30, 2016

A Printshop Pineapple Quilt and Foundation Paper Piecing Pattern

Printshop Pineapple Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016

The Printshop Pineapple Quilt is finished and I am thrilled with how it turned out! I love the Printshop fabric collection by Alexia Abegg so I wasn't worried about how these fabrics would all play together, and the soft grey background fabric complements all the colors and prints beautifully. I was more concerned about sewing the Pineapple Blocks together with the many seams that needed matching however the accuracy of the paper piecing seems to have taken care of that concern.

Printshop Pineapple Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Printshop Pineapple Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016

I also love how the quilting has become a feature of this quilt. I have quilted edge to edge straight (horizontal and vertical) lines guided by the width of the strips of the Pineapple blocks, which has created an all over grid of lines.  For the first time I have also used Aurifil 28wt thread (the gray spool) for quilting (28wt top thread - 40wt thread in the bobbin), and my sewing machine seems to like it. This is a heavier weight thread which makes the stitches stand out and add another point of interest.

Quilting detail ~ straight line grid quilting.
Quilting detail - Pineapple Quilt

For the back of the quilt I have used my go to Newsprint fabric from the Story collection by Carrie Bloomston. And for the binding I have used a print also from the Printshop collection: Point in Charcoal.

Binding and backing fabric.
Backing and binding fabric.
Binding fabric - Printshop Pineapple Quilt
Binding fabric.

Printshop Pineapple Quilt
Finished quilt  measures 48 inches x 48 inches.
64 foundation paper pieced Pineapple Blocks.
8 rows of 8 blocks.
Each finished Pineapple block measures 6 inches x 6 inches.
Low loft cotton batting ~ 
Warm & Natural batting from The Warm Company;

Pineapple quilt featuring the Printshop collection by Cotton + Steel

I have made the foundation paper piecing pattern for this block available as a PDF file - ready to download - from my Pattern Store.  The download is for a three page PDF file and includes:
  • 6 inch finished Printshop Pineapple Block Foundation (as used for this quilt).
  • 7 inch finished  Printshop Pineapple Block Foundation should you wish to make a larger size block.
  • A black/white line drawing of the quilt (64 blocks) which will allow you to color in and experiment with colors and color placement.
Print only page 1 (for 6" block) or only page 2 (for 7" block) of the pdf file to print multiple copies of the foundation pattern.

Printshop Pineapple Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016

The download pattern does NOT include any paper piecing or assembly instructions - general paper piecing knowledge is a prerequisite. These basic instructions will assist you in successfully completing this project.
  • The "pineapple" effect is created by alternating printed fabric with solid fabric.
  • Cut 2 5/8" inch squares for the center of the blocks - use a small dab of water soluble glue to adhere it to paper. This is your starting point.
  • Cut fabric pieces larger than required.  Cut long strips of fabric 1.5 inches wide and then cross cut the fabric strips as required. 
  • Cut 4 inch squares and cut once diagonally for the corner triangles. This will ensure that the edges of your blocks are all on-grain.
Reduce the length of your stitches. This will make removal of the foundation paper a breeze and keeps your seams intact after the paper has been removed.
Don't remove your papers until after you have joined your blocks together.
Print your foundation pattern ACTUAL SIZE.  Do not reduce or scale to fit.

Please note the cutting instructions are for a 6" finished size block.

Foundation paper piecing looks ways more intimidating than what it really is. It is time consuming but always well worth the effort. I hope you'll give it a go!

Pineapple Quilt - foundation paper piecing pattern available.

The finished quilt itself is for sale and is listed in my Etsy Store.

Printshop Pineapple Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Printshop Pineapple Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016

Thank you for stopping by and for scrolling through the many photos!

Printshop Pineapple Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016

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  1. I love this quilt, Rita! It's absolutely gorgeous.

  2. Beautiful - I have always loved the pineapple block!!

  3. Oh Rita!! What a stunning beauty! How can you let this one go? Mmmmm-mmmmm!!!

  4. This looks amazing Rita. This fabric and your pattern were a perfect match. The quilt just POPS!

  5. I love looking at your blog. This quilt is very nice! I love your attention to detail.

  6. This is just a beautiful quilt!

  7. I love the precision of this block. I ordered the pattern from you. I can't wait to play with it and use up some scraps.

  8. This is one of the most gorgeous paper pieced Pineapple Blocks that I have seen! You did a spectacular job in picking out the fabrics and then choosing the whites. Thank you for sharing and have a fantastic creative day!

  9. Wow, Rita, this one is really cool
    I love the grey. I love the colors too. This is an artistic masterpiece. Your signature quilting is marvelous on this one. Well done, high fives


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