Plus-Sized Pineapples

My favorite quilt teacher Billie Mahorney always encouraged her students to make the backs of their quilts interesting, incorporating leftover blocks or fabrics from the front. I took Billie’s lesson to heart.

This is the back of Baby Selene’s quilt:

selenes-quilt-top-back

In case you missed my earlier post, this is what the front looks like:

selenes-quilt-front
The design, made of 16 identical pineapple blocks, is from Karin Hellaby’s book Pineapple Plus (Quilters Haven Publications, 2010).

I had four blocks left over that couldn’t be used because the prints were in different positions. Apparently they were destined for the back. I supersized one of the leftover blocks by adding two more rounds, then set that block and two more on point. I floated the three blocks on a soft green background printed with drifting leaves.

The result looks rather modern, doesn’t it? It would look even more so with different fabrics. I may have to test that theory by making another quilt incorporating a plus-sized pineapple block or two.

After this one is quilted, I’ll add a label in the lower right-hand corner that echoes the larger blocks. It may be as simple as a square in a square or I might add another round or two to make a mini-pineapple block. I think Billie would approve.

 

 

 

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4 Responses to Plus-Sized Pineapples

  1. Vickie says:

    Hi dear friend, One very lucky baby is going to love this quilt. I am very intrigued about over sized blocks and how some quilters have made quilts with only a few blocks. Happy quilting in 2017!

  2. Cathy says:

    Beautiful quilt – both front and back! Such great, soothing colors for a baby! I make interesting quilt backs too! I like to think of it as icing on the cake!!! Happy 2017 to you and yours!!

  3. Diane says:

    The backs of your quilts are so interesting, but they also add such an additional element of originality that they become truly one of a kind! You ARE the best.

  4. Anne says:

    Dawn, the ‘pineapple plus’ pattern is almost moving or water flowing. Just perfect!!
    You are a color combination artist!!

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