Fellow Quilters,  I was wondering if anyone would be interested in doing a batik pineapple block swap. 

I saw a post on facebook that said the pineapple has been considered a sign of hospitality since Colonial Times.  They were so hard to come by during that era that confectioners often rented a single pineapple out to multiple society hostesses over several days to be used as a table centerpiece. A woman's ability to have a real pineapple in her home spoke to her status within the community and, as an extension, her ability to make her guests feel welcome and important.  As a nod to that fabulous history and lets face it because they are just so stinkin' cute I thought it would be super fun to make a pineapple quilt with lost of different pineapples.  I thought a wide variety of different batik fabrics would make the quilt blocks just absolutely beautiful.  So who's in? 

The requirements are simple...

This block swap will be a Batik Pineapple Block.  All experience levels welcome from beginner to expert. Blocks can be either patchwork or appliqué.  All blocks must be in to me no later than May 1st, 2019. We are looking for 12 people to participate.  if you are looking to participate let me know. Once I have a head count of how many people are participating I will let you know how many blocks each person should make.

Rules for the block:

Please wash all your fabric before you begin your project.  I request this to help ensure that colors don't run on the pretty white background fabric and so that you do not have to worry about varying shrinkage. Different fabrics shrink at different rates no matter how good your fabric is.  

Please use good quality fabric.  

Background fabric MUST be White or White on White. NO grey, tan, eucre, eggshell or off white.  White only!!!!!!!

The block size must be 12" finished blocks- (which means that when you mail it to me it should be 12 1/2" x 12 1/2") 

The blocks can be any kind of Pineapple you want as long as you use batik fabrics.

 if you have any questions or concerns please let me know.  

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Sure I am in. I have a daughter that would love a pineapple quilt.

There will be a limit of 12 for this group

I have looked for a 12.5 inch pattern. No luck. Can you share your source? I will consider joining the group as I have quite a stash of batiks. 

I have to admit- that this is a real challenge because most of the pineapple blocks out there are more rectangular than they are square.  So this posses a real issue.  You can either pick any pineapple that you love and then add a white border around to fit the size or as a group we can vote to change the size requirement to more of a rectangular size.  Let me know what you guys would like to do.  I am super flexible to make this project fun and easy for everyone.


Here is a pattern that fits the 12" requirements.  it is a free download.


Here is another 12" block- unfortunately this pattern is not free

That is not what I was thinking of when you said this was a pineapple block. You meant it literally and I was thinking of the pineapple design pattern which is usually paper pieced.  I think you will have a great swap, however, I will pass. Have fun.

Sorry for the confusion.

This quilt will be "real looking pineapples".

Here are some ideas. 


It doesn't look too hard to design your own pattern either.

I still have a pineapple applique pattern I think I will use.

Am thinking about this one.  Will decide in late February after I see what progress I make on previous swaps, plus I have one due soon.

Why don’t you put the pattern link in the information area so folks can see it as an option.

There is not specific pattern- you get to pick which kind of pineapple you would like to make.  There are lots of different ones out there.  I was just putting a picture of a pineapple quilt on the cover so people would realize that this block swap is not the pineapple block where you stack different fabrics on top of each other but that it is suppose to be actual looking pineapples. We would love for you to join us. 

I am in, Jackie.  I think I am addicted to these swaps!  New ones get me pondering possibilities and I love that.


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