Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Quilty Kryptonite

Hello my name is Gina and I can't make a Pineapple block.

Yes I have found my quilt Kryptonite. I can foundation piece with my eyes closed, machine quilting any size quilt doesn't faze me. So why does the Queen Bee asking for a Pineapple block bring me out in a cold sweat.

Now I've made a few in my time, paper pieced and free pieced and I've had problems every time. It really is my Nemesis.

I will admit I put off making this block as long as I could bu this weekend I had to grit my teeth and do it. So armed with this Tutorial I got ready to do battle.

attempt 1

Attempt 4 and 5 ( 2 and 3 didn't even warrant a pic of shame)

I was rapidly running out of low volume background fabrics ( and patience) so a trip to the LQS was in order where I explained my predicament and cried on their shoulders. They suggested just sending the Queen a load of strips to make her own. No I wouldn't be beaten.

Tuesday I pulled up my big girl panties, had a huge mug of coffee and tried for the final time. And what do you know, these B*****ds went together like a dream and both in under an hour.

I had to have a lie down in a dark room after making them,

To my knowledge I did nothing different. The strip widths have all been the same and I've followed the same set of instructions throughout. Not knowing what I did wrong on those many attempts is almost as bad as not being able to make the block in the first place. I know what is wrong I just don't know how I made it wrong, if that makes sense.

I'm making a plea here and now. If ever I'm in a Bee with you, I'm begging you to please never pick the Pineapple as your block. I don't think my stress levels would take another attempt. This is the first time I've been close to tears with frustration over my sewing.


  1. Congratulations for overcoming that crisis!!

  2. Well done for persevering! Great finishes in the end. xx

  3. Awww i struggled with pineapple blocks too, in the end i added extra fabric all round to each strip and cut down they are tricksy wee beggars

  4. They look beautiful! Good for you for keeping on. I haven't made pineapple blocks before and I have to admit, they aren't on my list. I would probably only do them if a Queen Bee asked for them. I won't if you won't!

  5. Well, they sure turned out really nice after all that work. I guess it's true that practice makes perfect!

  6. They turned out fantastic! (I do feel for the frustration you went through. Matching points alone is a struggle for me. I think that's one of the biggest draws to crazy quilting - nothing has to line up and there are no rules.)


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