Welcome! I'm Tanya Quilts in CO. I have been quilting for 24 years and I have had a pineapple quilt on my quilting bucket list for a very long time. When the Fat Quarter Shop was looking for quilters to use their new Pineapple Quilt Block Foundation Paper Pads, I jumped at the chance.
I have attempted paper piecing in the past and become frustrated with the method and the fabric waste. I have to be frugal with my fabric, so wasting it makes me crazy. Kimberly demonstrated the six inch blocks on her FB weekly livestream awhile back and there is also another FQS tutorial available on Youtube which I found extremely helpful.
I received the six inch pad first and started making blocks. It was slow going at first, but I did not make any mistakes which was encouraging. Lately, I have been making more quilts with solids and loving the results, so I used a variety of Bella Solids along with Kona White. I used these two Bella Solids bundles available from FQS:
and some random solids from my stash.
Using Kimberly'y method there was not as much waste as my previous paper piecing projects.
I will be honest, the blocks were slow going for me. I received the 12 inch Pineapple Quilt Block Foundation Paper Pad on June 3rd. I had decided there was no way I was going to use the FQS setting available here: https://blog.fatquartershop.com/pineapple-day-free-quilt-pattern-sew-along/
I made more six inch blocks thinking about a possible baby quilt. In the end, I made 49 six inch blocks! When I sewed them all together, my hubby thought it looked amazing. He thinks I should just display the quilt in our house--I agree. It was way too much work to give to someone for their baby to throw up on it!
I took it to some quilting friends to get their opinions for quilting and binding. It is only 42 inches square, but the consensus was that I should have one of our local longarm quilters custom quilt it. I think I will splurge on that and get on a waiting list to have it done (many are booked for a year or two out). It will probably take me that long to remove all the papers! I am leaning toward navy blue for the binding, since I used some in the quilt.
I am so glad I joined FQS for this sew along and got out of my comfort zone and did something from my quilting bucket list. I may even make some 12 inch blocks eventually, but it will be awhile! Thank you Kimberly and the Fat Quarter Shop for your great tutorials and foundation papers!