< Workshops Workshop: 04-Pineapple Express

Pineapples have always been a symbol of Hospitality. Create a warm and inviting welcome to your home with a Pineapple Quilt by using my easy and fast organized techniques. There is no messy paper to tear-away! By using a pineapple ruler, or even a square Omni Grid ruler you will be successful in making this quilt. 

This quilt can be made as large or small as you like, complicated or simple, anyway you like. Similar to a log cabin block, it starts with a central square and then grows larger by sewing strips of fabric out from the middle.

Don’t want to make a whole quilt? Why not make a 20″ square pillow?


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I’m always excited when a student finishes their projects and they take the time to send me a copy.  Congratulations:  Lynn Crawford of Wrightwood, CA.


She writes:  “You taught the Pineapple class at Pine Needles Quilt Guild in Wrightwood in 2015.  I finally finished the quilt.  As you can see, it kept growing. It was originally going to be 9 blocks, then 16 blocks.  I finally settled on 25 blocks (had to go online and order more background fabric!).  Then I added the appliqué border and variegated piping. I am thrilled with how it came out!  I  have wanted to do a pineapple quilt for over 30 years!”

Supply List:

  • Pineapple Express

    The pineapple quilt is all about precision and for this I prefer to use a ruler designed for making this block. Below are three options, you do not need all three. Please bring one of these to help you make this beautiful quilt.

    • Sewing Machine in good working order with 1/4" foot if you have one
    • Basic Sewing tools and supplies
    • Rotary Knife with new blade! and mat
    • Contrasting Thread that can be seen on the backside of your block
    • Stash fabric
    • Option 1: Lynda Milligan & Nancy Smith Pineapple Ruler - if you have one
    • Option 2: Gyleen Fitzgerald also has a Pineapple Ruler
    • Option 3: Creative Grids Pineapple Trim Tool #cgrjaw3
    • If you don't have a Pineapple ruler, we may be able to use an Omnigrid 12-1/2" square ruler
    • Option 4: June Tailor’s Shape Cut JT-796 Ruler and red or orange Sharpie pen