If you are a faithful reader, you know that I love to make baby quilts. It’s by far my favorite thing to sew, and since the baby factory is closed over here, my friends and family get all of my creations.
My most recent baby quilt went to my stepbrother and his wife. They struggled with infertility, and I wanted to make a special quilt to celebrate the fact that they were beating it through IVF. I learned that pineapples are an important symbol in the IVF community because many women eat raw pineapple to aid in implantation. I also think it’s fitting that pineapples are a welcome symbol, as in “Welcome to this world, Precious One.”
I found a few basic layouts for pineapple mini quilts online, so I used those to work out a design for what I was planning to be a baby quilt. It ended up being more like a toddler quilt, although it’s not *technically* a toddler quilt. Sidebar: I break the quilting rules when it comes to quilt sizes. You know all of those handy charts listing the dimensions for various sizes of quilts? I pin them and then ignore them. Basically I make a quilt top, and then I test it out on my kids or myself to decide if it needs to be a different size. So precise, I know.
Don’t be fooled by how freaking awesome this quilt looks-it’s made up of all squares and half square triangles, so it is perfect for beginners.
Solid White: Cut 2- 7″ squares, Cut 4- 7 7/8″ squares
Yellow A: Cut 8- 7″ squares, Cut 1- 7 7/8″ squares
Yellow B: Cut 8- 7″ squares, Cut 1- 7 7/8″ squares
Green A: Cut 2- 7 7/8″ squares
Green B: Cut 2- 7 7/8″ squares
For the border, this is where I used my trusty “test and adjust” method. Without the border, the binding would cover part of the pineapple, and more importantly, the proportions were just weird. I cut 2 strips of white fabric for the bottom and top borders that were 2 1/2″. I cut the side border pieces 6.5″ wide. You could make the borders as big or small as you want to change the size and proportion of the quilt.
*All seam allowances are 1/4″.*
1) With right sides place the 7 7/8″ Green A square on top of the 7 7/8″ Green B square.
2) Draw a line down the center of the squares on the diagonal. In the photo below I added a black line because my fabric pen didn’t show up.
3) Stitch a line 1/4″ away from the center line on either side.
Don’t mind the fact that I flipped the squares over. I wasn’t trying to be confusing; the white thread wouldn’t show up in the photo, and I didn’t think ahead enough to capture more photos.
4) Cut the unit on the line you drew earlier.
5) Open the units and press to the dark side.
6) Trim the units to 7″ square.
7) Repeat steps 1-6 with the 7 7/8″ yellow and white squares.
8) Lay out the 7″ squares and half square triangle units according to the photo below.
9) Sew the units in each row together.
10) Press the seams of each row so that they will nest when sewn together. To do so, press all of the seams in the first row to one direction, then press the seams of the next row to the opposite direction and continue alternating until you have pressed all of the rows.
11) Sew each row together and do a final press.
If you use these dimensions to assemble this quilt, it is narrow enough that you can get 1 1/2 yards of backing fabric, and you don’t have to piece together the backing! I have a serious aversion to piecing together my quilt backings (because I am awful at getting it all lined up).
I chose to hand quilt this with in a swirl pattern. I used white thread in the white areas, green thread in the green, and yellow thread over the yellow fabric. After I finished, I felt as though the pineapple didn’t pop enough. Additionally when I looked at the back, I didn’t think there were smooth transitions between the three colors of thread. To fix these two problems, I hand stitched around the perimeter of the pineapple with embroidery thread. I was a little weary about combining two types of thread for quilting, but once I finished it, I was in love!
I was so excited about gifting this quilt that I completely forgot to take artsy, up close photos, but trust me, it turned out so amazing!