< Workshops Workshop: 08-Pineapple Express

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
    • Neutral Thread and matching 
    • Stash fabric
    • Option 1: Lynda Milligan & Nancy Smith Pineapple Ruler - if you have one
    • Option 2: Gyleen Fitzgerald also has a Pineapple Ruler
    • If you don't have a Pineapple ruler, we may be able to use an Omnigrid 12-1/2" square ruler
    • Option 3: June Tailor’s Shape Cut JT-796 Ruler and red or orange Sharpie pen