"Block A-1 (Pink) Pine Apple (sic)
The Pineapple motif has been popular since colonial days and is a symbol of hospitality.
The design was commonly used in quilts made in the Middle Atlantic region."
|Block from Esther's Quilt|
|Block From Esther's Quilt|
Locust Grove, Esther’s home place, was known for its "gracious hospitality." Three pineapples on the quilt would have been appropriate for a visitor’s bed at Locust Grove." ... Neva Hart
Month One - Pineapple Reproduction Blocks - Doreen's
I am making the blocks 16" using fabrics in shades of Red & Taupe.
These vintage inspired fabrics are from various lines designed by French General for Moda.
Block Strategies & Assembly
Note: You might want to ink your blocks (flower names) before you begin stitching
Barbara, at Baltimore Garden Quilts has a great inking tutorial HERE.
Because the block design is not perfectly symmetrical, I numbered each of the pineapple sections on my pattern to keep track of piece placement.
Each of your pattern pages contains an asterisk (*) which indicates the center of the block design. Either crease or mark lightly with a removable marker or chalk pencil, the center of your block's background fabric and center this over the asterisk mark for registration/alignment purposes.
- Applique' the top leaves onto your background first.
- Next, add the 4 Pineapple fruits.
- The final step is to add the pineapple base/stems.
Upon closer inspection of the original Pineapple blocks, I discovered that the intersecting stems were actually pieced in overlapping sections.
I added pencil lines to the intersecting part of my Paper pattern.
|Esther's Pineapple Intersecting Stems|
|Pencil Line added to the pattern|
Then I assembled my remaining 2 pineapple blocks using 3 base/stem sections.
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