Friday, April 26, 2024

Pineapple Blossom Beginnings!

Our Pineapple Blossom workshop with Nola's Bonniacs began with a flurry of machines yesterday morning!

This quilt has come out of the quilt vault with renewed vigor!

How many of us have leftover scrap strips? Partial jelly rolls?  This one is from the Free Patterns tab and works up so quickly - looking much more intricate than it really is.

And it is presented in two different sizes of blocks - one made with 2'' strips and 3 1/2'' squares, and the other larger version with 2 1/2'' strips (That's where the jelly roll leftovers come in!) and 4 1/2'' squares.

And the best part? All of those cut off corner triangles become border units if you choose to use them there. ZERO fabric waste!

Digging right in!

It didn't take long until block beginnings were up on the wall.

Round one underway!

The biggest hint I can give anyone making these is to keep everything in the same orientation - always.

The first two small rectangles are always placed side by side as more strips are added to the block as we build from the middle out.

Make all the blocks facing one direction - and don't rotate anything until the blocks are made and you are laying out the quilt.  THEN they can turn. See the two short rectangles ALWAYS side by side at the center? Watch those short rectangles to make sure everything is in the same position.

Keep them all laid out the same way with the corners going the same direction,

Build them all the same!

And after blocks are done - then turn them how you want them!

I love the color play in this photo!

I instantly thought of "The Partridge Family" when seeing the Quail (Not partridges!) on the design wall.  So cute!

Sets pinned together.

I love quilty organization!

Blocks on the wall -

Rotated only AFTER blocks were completed! Stay consistent!

Chain sewing the corners on to round one -

As I looked at my photos this morning I noticed that there were many photos of hands at work.

I love hands!  Think of all of the many things these hands have made over the years - still going strong.  Still creating, enabling us all to do the things we are doing.

Beautiful fabrics and lovely colors!

This is going to be so dynamic!

Round 2 still to come.

More lovely hands and handwork - on the porch!

This 30 year needlepoint tapestry is nearly done!  And there is no better place to work on it than on the back porch while listening to birds in the afternoon.

Sometimes we need a break from the whir of the machines and the chitter chatter of quilters.

Find peace where you can and recharge your batteries.

Lilacs about to bloom!

I'm encouraging these little guys to do one of two things - either take their time so I can enjoy them when I get back from Idaho - or hurry up so I can enjoy them over the next few days - because they'll be done by the time I get back.

Same with the dogwood tree.  It's blooming - but not in full regalia yet.

Guess what it's time for?

I'm be drawing for 2 winners who will each receive a Licorice Twist PDF pattern from me, and a Splash of Color fabric roll from Cotton to Quilts.

Who is entry 402 out of 3,450 entries?

Louann Law!

And entry 1217 is:

Roberta Ahlstrom!

Contracts, ladies!  Please check your email inboxes - you'll find an amail notification from me and your   Licorice Twist pattern is already attached.  Please check your spam and promotions folders if you don't see it.

Please reply to THAT email to verify that I did indeed contact you and include your mailing address so that the fine folks at  Cotton to Quilts can get your fabric prize out to you.

Thank you, everyone for participating! 

Introductory Special:  Licorice Twist is currently marked 25% off - no coupon needed!

Sale price good through this coming Sunday - 4/28/24.

I recommend using the printable 8 1/2'' X 11'' newsprint found in the Quilting All the Time category of the Quiltville Amazon Affiliate Store.

Carol Doak Paper is back in stock - but supplies are limited! They only sent me 12 packages.

And yes, there is a sale going on - all rulers. notions and tools (including Carol Doak Paper) are 15% off using code NOTIONS at check out.

I'm headed over to the inn for round 2 of our Pineapple Blossom workshop with the Bonniacs - 

Quiltville Quote of the Day -

Believe you can and you are headed in the right direction -
Vintage feathered star quilt found in Greensboro, North Carolina. I loved this one!

Happy Friday, everyone!



  1. Congratulations to the ladies who won...I made the Pineapple Blossom 🌸 quilt a couple years ago. I love it.
    I love all your quilts Bonnie.
    Kisses to Mabel and Zoey please.
    Have a Sparkling good day 💞
    Blessings 💞

  2. Anonymous9:38 AM EDT

    The Pineapple blocks are going to make studding quilts! What a great choice for a retreat workshop! Thanks for the orientation tips.

  3. Love that you're showing progress of this beautiful quilt through Nola's Bonniacs quilters. Great job, ladies! Thanks, Bonnie, for the free pattern. Jenny

  4. What an inspiring post today! I love both of the Pineapples talked about; they might have to go into my que this year. It's such a versatile block, & good for anything! Have a quilty weekend!! :)

  5. I never knew how pineapple blocks were made. They always looked so complex I never even though of attempting them. Thanks Bonnie for explaining them. Might give it a shot one day.

  6. great blog and reminder that Pineapple project is an old friend of mine

  7. Glad you get to visit your Mother in Idaho. It's close to Mother's Day! Maybe there will be Lilacs and Dogwoods blooming where you'll be?? Ours are in full bloom now. Little blossoms cover the edges of the lawn and driveway. What a Mass of Pinks right now! It's my favorite season here in Walla Walla Valley! Happy Fri-Yay!
    Congrats to the winners.

  8. So fun Bonnie, thanks for all the workshop pictures and sharing your little tricks with us, almost like being there with this fun group! Love seeing what is happening at the INN :0). Happy Sewing!

  9. The needlepoint tapestry is gorgeous!

  10. I always love seeing the creativity and different colorways of your retreaters! Congrats to the winners! One of these days, I hope it will be be me! 🙃


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