Thank you all SO MUCH for your kind words about my pineapple blocks. I've been working on them off and on for a few months and it's fun to finally share them with you! I LOVE my quilt so far...and just like I had hoped, it keeps getting better as I add to it!
Here's a photo heavy tutorial for you so you can make a pineapple block (or 20!) of your very own.
Cut another 2.5" square in a contrasting color. Cut the contrasting square in half on the diagonal once to make 2 half square triangles. Arrange the pieces as shown.
Sew all the corners on and press. Trim up the block to 16" square.
A few things to note:
I varied the strips in the block from 1.25" wide to 1.75" wide. I think this adds a lot of interest to the quilt! It is harder to predict the final size when you are "building" the block, but once you make one or two, you will surely get the hang of it.
These blocks can be made any size...I started with 14" blocks but bumped up the size to 16" after I made a few. This seems to be an ideal size for this strip width and 20 blocks will make a perfectly sized lap quilt.
Keep an eye on your values (lights and darks), so the pattern emerges and is consistent throughout.
These babies take TIME! I think each block takes me a few hours. (Totally worth it, though!)
This is my favorite...the more scraps the better!
Here's a progress shot. I've got 9 done so far! The one in the middle right is on point. That was a mistake, but I love what it adds to the quilt!
If you have questions, I'll try to answer them in the comments.
Happy scrap sewing!