I love to be the first person to talk to my children when they come home after school or work. You know why? It’s because I love to hear their stories! They walk in the door full of excitement and life, I love to feel the energy and share in the tidbits and happenings of their day. When one of our children was small they always seemed to have more ‘bad day’ stories than good or happy stories. We asked this little person to share as many positive stories as they wanted and called them apples. The negative stories we started to call onions, and tried to keep those to a minimum. Over time we started calling those happy stories “pineapples”. In challenging times we would ask our children to count their pineapples, which can also be translated into blessings or really anything good or positive in life.
I’m feeling a bit sappy because one of those small children is 19 years old now, and getting ready to start some adventures of her own. When she moves out of state in a few weeks I will be sending a pineapple mini quilt with her. There have been some cute blocks popping up on Instagram that fit our pineapple loving family perfectly! Jackie Padesky designed a pineapple block and kindly shared her pattern with me. Thank you Jackie, they are so cute!! Jackie’s pattern uses strips and has easy to follow directions.
I ended up choosing scrappy blue fabrics that have memories and sentimental value for my daughter. This way if she ever does have a bad day she will remember to count her pineapples, and will also have a visual reminder of people and experiences to make her smile. Since I went the scrappy route I had to do things just a little differently than the pattern.
Here’s how I made mine….
White fabric: cut six 3×3 squares; and two 2.5×2.5 squares
Main section of the pineapple: cut four 3×3 squares; and twelve 2.5×2.5 squares (pulled from my scrap basket)
Leafs: two 2.5×2.5 squares; and two 3×3 squares
I laid the squares out to make sure I was happy with my choices. You can see the 3×3 inch squares in each of the corners.
On your 3×3 white squares draw a light pencil line diagonally from one corner to the other.
Take a blue 3×3 inch square and put it right sides together with a 3×3 inch white square. Then stitch a scant 1/4 inch from both sides of the pencil line.
Then you separate the squares and carefully cut on that pencil line. You will now have two triangles.
Take those lovely triangles and trim them down to 2.5×2.5 inches. You can use whatever ruler makes you happy. I like this ‘folded corner clipper’.
Iron those cute trimmed squares open. You will have four extra, which I plan to use for an additional pineapple block. But they can always go back into the scrap basket for another project. This is when I did my final layout and stitched all the blocks exactly where I wanted them to belong in the final quilt with 1/4 inch seams.
I will quilt and bind this for her to take when she leaves. Now I need to use lots of colors and make tons more pineapples. This is a great scrap buster!