Finished Scrappy Pineapple Quilt

Wednesday, January 22, 2020


Happy Wednesday! Today I am finally sharing my finished scrappy pineapple quilt and I'm very excited about! This was one of my favorite finishes of 2019.

Whenever I go home for a visit, I like to bring at least one finished quilt with me to take photos of while I'm there. My parents have a small white barn on their property that is great for quilt photos. I finished this quilt up just in time to photograph over the holidays!


I started this quilt in May 2017 and finished it in early December 2019. So around 2.5 years in the making. Back in 2017 Dana of Old Red Barn Co. started an informal scrappy pineapple quilt along on Instagram (#superscrappypineapple) which inspired me to start mine!


For the color scheme I chose this incredible print from Jay McCarroll's Center City* collection (circa 2012) for the background first. All the rest of the prints I used were pulled from the colors in the background. Bright blue, red-orange, hot and soft pink, lilac purple, and low-volume whites and creams. I didn't work from my scraps for most of quilt, instead I cut long strips from yardage and cut them to size.


To make the blocks I used the Creative Grids Pineapple Trim Tool*. My blocks are 10" finished. I don't normally like to buy specialty rulers that have such a limited purpose, but working with this ruler was great! It helped make sure my blocks were accurate and was generally easy to use. I made 48 blocks and laid them out in a 6x8 configuration. This gave me a 60"x80" finished quilt.


This quilt was longarm quilted by Carolyn Lochner of Pinwheel Quilting. She used a hot pink thread for the front and a big swirl design! I love quilting like this, that isn't too dense, so that the quilt is still soft. The curves of the quilting design contrast nicely with all the sharp points in the blocks!


For the backing, I picked up this incredible blue floral print from Noe* by Erin McMorris. This print was originally part of her Weekends* collection from many years ago. It is still a huge favorite of mine, I've used this print in other colors for many, many quilt backs. Honestly, I should count them up!


For the binding I used the last bit of yardage I had of this hot pink print from Good Folks* by Anna Maria Horner. I've been holding onto this print for so long, and am now down to the last few small scraps. It was just too good of a match for this quilt!


There were times where it felt like this quilt was never ending, but I actually enjoyed the process more than I expected too. I want to start another long-term log cabin quilt, just need to figure out the details! I precut most of the fabric in advance for this quilt, so I could easily pick it up here and there to work on when I had time. It came with me on a couple sewing retreats too, which is fun to think about! I started it in Wisconsin, worked on it in Ohio, Connecticut, and Michigan. Plus I finished the top at our retreat in Wisconsin over the summer. A well traveled quilt for sure!

Happy Quilting!

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21 comments :

  1. It's really beautiful. The colors are amazing and it is evident that a lot of work went into it. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you! I was afraid I'd get tired of the colors, but I haven yet! :)

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  2. Jeni, this is the best exuberant quilt that I have seen in a long time. I’m sitting her with 6-8 inches of snow outside and another snow storm heading her for Sunday. First, I love the snow and cold.. but this would be an amazing quilt to have on a bed right now. Warm one up just walking by the room. Congratulations with your new pattern.

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  3. THIS is gLoRiOuS, Jeni! I can't even imagine! 😍 I followed your link to the Etsy search of Center City by Jay McCarroll, because I was unable to determine what was considered the background fabric of your blocks... But after seeing several different fabrics in that collection, I'm still clueless! 😂 All sew-fascinating... and fabulous! Thanks for sharing. 💞

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    1. Thanks! You can see the background fabric a little better in this post: https://www.incolororder.com/2017/06/scrappy-pineapple-quilt-in-progress.html

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    2. OHhhh �� so the pineapples are technically the background fabric?!!! Thanks again!

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  4. An absolutely beautiful finish. I love your bold use of that yellow background. Very fun! And delightful finish photos!

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  5. Stunning!! I love your color combinations!

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  6. Fabulous finish!! Swirl quilting looks good on almost any quilt. LOVE the backing and binding you chose for this quilt! Wraps it up in fine fashion.

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  7. You did a Fantastic!! job on this. The colors are beautiful, thanks for sharing

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  8. Did you use the pineapple ruler? A beautiful quilt, love the yellow in the middle.

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  9. stunning, Jeni. I love this creation. Absolutely beautiful

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  10. This is one of my favorite quilts that you've made. I have loved watching your progress on IG with it. This color combo just makes me swoon.

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  11. You have such an eye for choosing fabrics and putting them together. This is lovely!

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  12. So bright and cheery - a very retro vibe.

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  13. I absolutely love the yellow in this quilt! It really sets off the other colors well.

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  14. Did you worry about running out of your yellow print, or did you know from the beginning that you had enough? That's often my problem with long-term projects -- by the time I return to them, I can no longer get more of some fabrics if I need them!

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    1. I made a test block with other fabric first, to figure out how much background fabric each block would use. Then I was able to determine that I had enough! :)

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