I was asked how I piece my Pineapple Crazy blocks and I promised a post and pictures about it. First off, the Pineapple Crazy pattern can be found in Bonnie Hunter’s book, String Fling: Scrappy, Happy and Loving It!. It’s a great book. If you aren’t familiar with the quilt, you can see a picture of it here with Bonnie.
I have been SLOWLY making blocks. I have one sewing machine that is set up and only making those blocks. My other sewing is being done on other machines…that’s a big advantage of having more than one machine. Here’s how far along I am.
A reader mentioned that it takes her a long time to make just one block. Now that I have a system going, I think I can do a set of four in about 2 1/2 hours. Taking time to set up a system is really key. This is what I do.
I have three bowls of sorted fabric. One is for larger triangles of color, one small triangles of color and one bowl of neutrals.
In all my FAILED attempts at paper piecing I always just used regular paper. Don’t make that mistake. It will not be an enjoyable experience. Notice how nicely you can see the lines through the paper.
When I do this, I do a type of chain piecing.
Once all the pieces are through, I trim them.
I finger press most of the seams.
At this point I iron.
See the triangle peaking out from under the block. Sew, rotate, sew and rotate until all the corners are sewn down, never removing the piece from the machine or trimming in between. See all the threads that need to be trimmed?
Now I continue adding strips and doing the corners in the same manner until I am doing the last corners. Those I sew on one block and one corner at a time.
I press again and trim along the dashed line.
It takes a LONG time but I think once I am finished, I will know the work was worth the finished product. With those four blocks, that brings my total up to 71 of center blocks. I need 224. I am almost 1/3 of the way done with them but then I have to do the outer blocks…I think there are 60 of them. After the wedding is over I am hoping to get to a few more blocks.